Women's Rights Publications

Women Leading Lawmaking in China

Mar 01, 2013
The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in partnership with the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is delighted to launch Women Leading Lawmaking in China, a critical collection of papers by China’s leading gender and law experts, a network of experts brought together under the auspices of the Ford Foundation, Beijing. This compendium of papers highlights emerging challenges to gender equality in China and is an important contribution to legal research and gender analysis in China and other countries undergoing legal system reform.

Women’s Rights Under Egypt’s Constitutional Disarray

Jan 16, 2013
Egypt’s post-revolution constitution does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender or religion. It only recognizes women’s domestic role within a family “founded on religion, morality, and patriotism.” Clerics will have the final word over the new laws.

Delivering Solutions to Improve Maternal Health and Increase Access to Family Planning

Jan 16, 2013
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries, with higher rates for women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
Reflections on the Adoption of UNGA Resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Reflections on the Adoption of UNGA Resolution Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Dec 21, 2012
On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations.” This resolution is a very important step in the history of the women’s movement in the MENA region, especially at a time when women’s role and rights are being marginalized in a number of Arab countries.

WPSP Institutes – Summer Institute at Wellesley College (2012) Report

Dec 18, 2012
The Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) is proud to present the Report of the inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute.

WPSP Institutes – Asian University for Women Institute Report

Dec 18, 2012
The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) is proud to present the Report of the first Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute held outside of the United States at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Has the Arab Spring Lived Up to Expectations?

Dec 17, 2012
On the occasion of the second anniversary of the Arab Spring, the Middle East Program (MEP) invited a group of experts from the region, Europe, and the United States to contribute to this publication by answering the question, “Has the Arab Spring Lived Up to Expectations?”

Women after the Arab Awakening (Winter 2012)

Dec 07, 2012
In this publication, based on papers presented at a conference on October 2, 2012 at the Wilson Center, the younger, up-and-coming generation in the MENA region describe the current situation on the ground for women and the strategies they can use to organize themselves and move forward in the post-revolutionary phase.

Voting as a Powerful Tool for Women

Oct 25, 2012
Hanin Ghaddar, a Lebanese public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, writes about the role that voting can play in empowering women in the Middle East. She discusses the need for the Arab Spring to be accompanied by a women's spring.

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

May 11, 2012
A new survey finds that Afghanistan and Pakistan are on surprisingly similar demographic paths. Demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says this is good news for Afghanistan, but not for Pakistan, where efforts to meet family planning needs have fallen short.