The Wilson Center and Women's Rights
Aug 14, 2015
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman. more
Jul 15, 2015
This issue of the MENA Women Quarterly Report covers women’s advances and setbacks in politics, economics, conflict situations, and human rights issues throughout the MENA region and features Iranian Women expressing opinions via art and sport. more
Jul 14, 2015
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts. more
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts.
This infographic illustrates female representation in Mexican politics.
"To veil or not to veil should be a matter of personal choice, a right that all women should be able freely to exercise," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
Jun 05, 2013
On April 25, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI), UN Women, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Tunisia convened a Regional Strategic Roundtable on “Women’s Participation: The Making...
Jun 05, 2013
Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, recently spoke at a UCLA School of School of Law’s Journal of International Affair symposium titled “Building BRICS: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Power.”...
Dec 20, 2012
A delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI), Lamaan Sabri Mejlli, was recently appointed as the adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq. This is an honor that not many young...
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Soe Win, a delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) training institute in December 2011, has used WPSP training materials to develop a two-month training program for women in political parties and civil society in Myanmar. During...
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute at Wellesley College, presented her plan on Proportional Representation (PR) in the Yangon Parliament in Myanmar on July 19, 2012. Thinn...
Dec 19, 2012
A Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) delegate and mentee, Rim Hajj (Morocco), describes how the WPSP Wellesley Institute impacted her life personally and professionally.
Rabat Strategic Roundtable - Strategies to Advance Women’s Political Participation and Public Service in the Arab Region: An Agenda for Change
Dec 19, 2012
The Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat, Morocco to convene a conference on women’s leadership in late November.
Dec 18, 2012
On November 13, 2012, the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy hosted a breakfast meeting for the diplomatic corps of Washington D.C. at the Finnish Embassy. The breakfast was attended by ambassadors and representatives from 31 countries, along...
Dec 18, 2012
The fall of 2012 has been an exciting time for the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center.
Dec 18, 2012
Smith College led a Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) symposium in Paris in October in collaboration with the French Ministry of Women’s Affairs on the topic of global health issues and how women’s leadership can make a difference in this field.
June 16, 2015 // 9:00am — 11:00am
This event features two of the authors of a new paper published by the Latin American Program on the repatriation of Guatemalan migrants. The paper is based on fieldwork conducted in Guatemala in March by four George Washington University graduate students.
May 20, 2015 // 10:00am — 11:00am
The meaning of citizenship has changed profoundly over the twentieth century, with women experiencing the most radical shifts in how their rights and duties have been defined and protected by the state. Visiting Scholar Maria Bucur follows the changes that have affected women in Romania in the area of property rights.
May 27, 2015 // 2:30pm — 4:30pm
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.
This issue of the MENA Women Quarterly Report covers women’s advances and setbacks in politics, economics, conflict situations, and human rights issues throughout the MENA region and features Iranian Women expressing opinions via art and sport.
Reflections on Milestones in Women's Leadership in the 21st Century
There is widespread agreement that equal access to power and decision-making for men and women is fundamental to representative and responsive governance. This has been highlighted in governance and development discourses against a background of women’s unequal and limited access to public office. Women’s substantive representation in political positions is crucial to closing the gender gap in decision-making structures. Within Africa, tremendous strides have been made towards improving women’s political inclusion in recent years.
Following up on her critically acclaimed biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia, Joan Biskupic, one of the nation’s top court reporters, focuses on the rise of Sonia Sotomayor in her latest book. A former Wilson Center Scholar who currently serves as editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters, Biskupic has covered the US Supreme Court for more than 20 years. She joins us to discuss the behind the scenes rise of Sotomayor and also provides insight into the first Latina Justice’s initial impact on the court.
“Women have been a key and continued to be the key to reconstruct Iran and also introduce changes and improve the social affairs in Iran,” remarked Haleh Esfandiari in an interview with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Future Leaders Discuss the Role of Women in Political Leadership and the Violence That Hinders Progress
Women are becoming a bigger part of the global political leadership equation, at the same time that violence against women is seen by many as an epidemic. Students from Eurasian countries, participating in a State Department exchange program discussed these contradictory situations with Wilson Center experts during an event summarized through this episode of REWIND.
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar...
President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership
Dynamic Women for Peace (DWP), Democratic Republic of Congo
Sister Angelique Namaika runs Dynamic Women for Peace (DWP), in Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2008, she has been assisting young girls to recover from the trauma of being abducted by the LRA and rebuild their lives. Her organization promotes reintegration and reconciliation by encouragi...