Gender Equality News

To Defeat ISIS, Listen to the Women

Feb 01, 2016
A new, positive trend is on the horizon: the role of women, not just as victims of ISIS, but as powerful change agents to reverse the tide of terrorism, writes Tara Sonenshine.

How Many Women Will Iran Allow to Run for Office?

Dec 29, 2015
An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.

Saudi Arabia Elects Its First Female Leaders

Dec 15, 2015
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow and former Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari describes the significance of Saudi Arabia’s historic election.

Saudi Women Made History–But Still Have a Long Way to Go

Dec 13, 2015
"Women’s participation in this weekend’s elections is an important step in the struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, but formidable obstacles remain," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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.

Gaining Ground: Women in Public Service

Nov 13, 2015
The Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) supports the goal of 50% of public service roles, at all levels, held by women by year 2050. Recent elections suggest that progress is being made.

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.

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

Mar 07, 2015
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. It signifies women working together to achieve parity and demonstrating their dedication to empowering a future generation of women leaders in public service.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Sexual Violence Under ISIS Control

Sep 25, 2014
"You should focus on 50% of the population, which is women, and see what is happening to them. You should mention them, you should have the courage to say 'yes this is done to our women; this is done to our sisters, daughters, wives...'" said Haleh Esfandiari.

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