The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) would like to announce an exciting, new opportunity for WPSP partner university students. Starting in April 2016, GWLI will be hosting an annual research competition for students of partner universities who have conducted written research on women’s leadership in public service.
The Wilson Center announced today that Gwen K. Young is the new Director of the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.
“Gwen was selected after a rigorous search by a team including women's colleges and founders of GWLI,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. “She is clearly the best woman for the job and brings decades of international and NGO experience to the Wilson Center. Her time in Africa will also enhance the work of our Africa Program."
On June 19, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) presented “A Conversation on the Role and Impact of Women in Lawmaking in Kosovo” in collaboration with the National Albanian American Council. The event, moderated by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, brought together four public policy and law experts who weighed in on the importance of women’s advancement in Kosovo’s government.
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 of the Tunisian Constitution.” The Strategic roundtable brought together gender and constitutional law experts from Tunisia and the MENA region to discuss key provisions of the draft Constitution of Tunisia and its impact on gender equality. GWLI’s regional roundtables have become a catalyst for convening our WPSP network on the ground.
On April 16, 2013, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Institute, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, was invited to present at the 22nd Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Memorial lecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her speech was titled “Malala: The Right to a Girls Education.”
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the Embassy of Switzerland and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative jointly co-hosted “Bridging the Gender Gap in the Knowledge Economy,” an expert conference on strategies to increase women in STEM. The Conference received coverage on RSI TV in Switerland.
Earlier this year, on March 16, 2013, the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center hosted a roundtable in China in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Wellesley Center for Women.
The Roundtable aimed to incubate women leadership potentials and find solutions to the pressing issues of gender equality and serving the public.
Dr. de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, gave the keynote address at a reception celebrating International Women’s Day at the Canadian Embassy on March 7th. Dr. de Silva de Alwis’ remarks enriched the theme of the evening, “Advancing Women’s Leadership in the America’s,” as she offered her insights about the dynamic emerging for women in the working world as well as the challenges to women’s advancement in the workplace. She also called for the need of men in championing women in the workplace.