Gender News

Reaction to Global Gender Gap Report

Nov 24, 2015
The World Economic Forum has released the 2015 edition of its Global Gender Gap Report. Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative reacts to the findings.

Hassan Rouhani’s Women’s Rights Conundrum

Nov 17, 2015
Shortly before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani‘s planned visit to France was postponed in the wake of the attacks in Paris, two French journalists showed Mr. Rouhani a picture from the Facebook page of a female journalist. Masih Alinejad has been waging a campaign against the enforced wearing of Islamic head dress, or hijab. They asked President Rouhani whether the photo, which showed an Iranian woman with her hair uncovered, shocked or offended him. People are free to dress as they like in the privacy of their homes, Mr. Rouhani said, but they have to obey the law requiring women to cover their hair in public. In Iran, showing a bit of hair can be punishable by flogging.

MENA Women News Brief

Nov 17, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning

Nov 03, 2015
A recent article by Malcolm Potts, Aafreen Mahmood, and Alisha Graves of the University of California Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative notes that family planning has an important role to play in building peace by increasing women’s empowerment and their agency. “The pill is mightier than the sword,” as they put it.

Brazil's Rousseff - is this the beginning of the end? A new poll suggests it is

Sep 16, 2015
In his latest piece for the Financial Times, director Paulo Sotero analyzes recent polling on the state of President Dilma Rousseff's government.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Family Planning, Empowerment, and the Environment

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.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Demography, Reproductive Health with WHYY

Apr 21, 2015
When the media covers population, it's usually focused on growth. In this interview with WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, Roger-Mark De Souza talks about other demographic issues, like declining birth rates in Western Europe and East Asia, and how theses issues impact everything from climate change, to food security, to gender equality.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Building Political Will for Integrated Development

Apr 21, 2015
Earlier this month, Roger-Mark De Souza took part in an Aspen Institute roundtable on international climate negotiations, the Sustainable Development Goals, and reproductive health and rights. Women are essential to meeting climate and development goals, and yet all too often their needs - especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights - are secondary in these discussions.

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Apr 01, 2015
On March 24 we hosted the DC Environmental Film Festival to screen two new documentaries, each telling local stories of global trends. SPSS Blog, the weekly blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy journal, came to the Wilson Center to cover the event.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Sustainable Development

Feb 05, 2015
Population and the environment are clearly linked, but it’s not a simple equation of fewer people = fewer problems. Roger-Mark DeSouza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center, draws the line between population and every other important issue currently facing humans — climate change, urban development, global politics, poverty, the gender gap, and more — in this in-depth interview.