Women's Rights

Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention, and as they experience both immense possibilities and utter hopelessness.

An Enduring Revolution: Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar. She has studied four different movements where Pakistani women played an active role and successfully brought about changes in policies, legislation, and institutions. Dr.

Political Representation of Women in Mexico

WC-15-13T Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI)

OPENING DATE: April 9, 2015

CLOSING DATE: May 8, 2015

SALARY: GS-0101-15 ($126,245.00 to $ 158,700.00)

LOCATION: WASHINGTON, D.C.

WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified candidates may apply.

The Director will:

Serve as the Wilson Center’s chief expert and strategist on matters pertaining to global women’s issues and serve as a senior advisor to the executive leadership of the Center and WPSP Advisory Council on these issues.

Provide strategic oversight to the mission and goals of WPSP.

Internships with the Africa Program

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In Muslim Men’s Protests, Support for Women’s Choice About Veiling

The times they are a-changing—at least a little and in a positive way. Ahead of International Women’s Day, March 8, a group of Afghan men last week showed their solidarity with women who want relief from imposed forms of Islamic dress. The men put on burqas, the garment worn in public by almost all Afghan women. The burqa covers the body from head to toe, allowing just the eyes to show (and then only through mesh).

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome economically, politically, and socially.  It is a time when women around the world come together to share stories of empowerment and to encourage others that change is possible.  The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute currently taking place in Uganda embodies the definition and the spirit of International Women’s Day.

How Will Women in the Middle East Fare in 2015?

Last year was not a good one for women in the Middle East. Political turmoil, civil war, the rise of Islamic State, clampdowns by autocratic governments, and the ineffectiveness of reformist governments all contributed to unfavorable, even worsening, conditions for women.

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20), the Middle East Program and the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center are proud to share pieces from women who have been instrumental in realizing the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action in different parts of the world with the publication "Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead." The cusp of Beijing+20 coincides with the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for women's leadership in conflict resolution and peacekeepi

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