About the Global Womens Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) serves the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), which moved to the Wilson Center from the State Department in June, 2012. The Initiative will promote networks among women leaders, mentoring, and training of emerging women leaders, in support of the goal of 50% female public servants by 2050.

Rangita de Silva de Alwis, formerly of Wellesley College, is serving as the GWLI’s first director.

The Latest from the Global Womens Leadership Initiative

Time for Pakistan's Leaders to Stand Up for Women

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Mar 07, 2014
With the Taliban’s call for the imposition of Sharia law during current peace talks between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Pakistani government, there are growing concerns that women’s freedoms will be further eroded, writes Farahnaz Ispahani. more

Women's Histories; More Equal Futures

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Mar 07, 2014
"The cost of women's exclusion from the political and public service sphere is a heavy one, impacting not just women but their communities and countries," writes Rangita de Silva de Alwis on the occasion of International Women's Day. more
Naheed Farid, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan

Afghanistan: The View From Parliament

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Mar 06, 2014
With an upcoming presidential election and the anticipated withdrawal of U.S. troops, 2014 will be a very important year for Afghanistan. Naheed Farid, Afghanistan’s youngest member of Parliament and a woman, talks about the concerns and hopes for women and young people in her country. more

Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond

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January 30, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Join us for a panel discussion where speakers will discuss key challenges and opportunities for women's participation and rights in various countries in the region. The event will highlight insights from a new CARE research report analyzing women’s political participation in countries such as Egypt, Yemen, and Morocco. more

Global Violence Against Women: Can it be Stopped?

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Dec 18, 2013
From human trafficking to wartime rape, violence against women is a widespread and persistent human rights and humanitarian problem. Wilson Center Fellow Alison Brysk discusses the scope of the problem, root causes, and possible solutions. more


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