Gender Equality News

Keynote Remarks by Jane Harman at the Women in Public Service Project Inaugural Institute

Jun 22, 2012
The Wilson Center's President and CEO Jane Harman gave keynote remarks at the Women in Public Service Project's (WPSP) inaugural Institute which brought 49 female delegates from around the world to Wellesley College for a two-week long intensive training, networking, and mentoring program. During the speech Harman announced that WPSP, co-founded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be joining forces with the Wilson Center.

The Women in Public Service Project Joins Forces with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jun 21, 2012
The Wilson Center becomes the permanent home of the Women in Public Service Project, with Rangita de Silva de Alwis announced as Director of Women's Leadership Initiatives.

Population and Reproductive Health at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
Population dynamics have significant influence on sustainable development but the two have not always been seen as connected. ECSP’s Sandeep Bathala is in Rio de Janeiro for the landmark UN Conference on Sustainable Development to report on the efforts being made to integrate the two more closely.

Women’s Rights and Voices Belong at Rio+20

Jun 19, 2012
For the scores of women who will be attending the 20th anniversary of the first UN Earth Summit this June (and just importantly for those who aren’t), there are glaring omissions: reproductive health, gender equality, and girls education are nowhere to be found on the Rio+20 agenda.

The Arab Awakening: A Step Forward or Back For Women?

Jun 06, 2012
The initial optimism in the wake of the "Arab Spring" has in some cases given way to fears of women being marginalized through the rise of fundamentalist religious political parties. An expert on the global struggle for human rights, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, offers her analysis.

Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia

May 24, 2012
Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a major role in ending the nation’s 14-year civil war in 2003 and helped bring to power Liberia’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Olubanke King-Akerele, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Johnson Sirleaf discusses her new book, her country and the special role that women play there.

European Studies Welcomes Title VIII Research Scholar Dr. Susan C. Pearce

May 22, 2012
European Studies is pleased to welcome research scholar Susan Pearce, who will be in residence at the Center from May 7 until August 17, 2012 working on a project titled, “Gender-Based Violence, Eastern Europe, and U.S. Immigration."

President Atifete Jahjaga

Mar 12, 2012
The Council of Women World Leaders is pleased to add President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo to the Council’s collective voice supporting women at the highest levels of government.

Reflections on Women in the Arab Spring: Women’s Voices from Around the World

Mar 05, 2012
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, the Middle East Program asked a cross-section of women in the MENA region, the United States, and other countries to reflect on how women have fared in the Arab Spring.

Closing the Gender Gap: Women Leaders as a 'Force Multiplier' in Politics, Business

Jan 20, 2012
The world’s population is split approximately 50-50 between men and women. But when it comes to presidents, prime ministers, and other heads of state and government, a significant gender disparity is uncovered. To commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the Council of Women World Leaders, we spoke with Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and Margot Wallstrom, former vice-president of the European Commission, about their work, the status of women leaders, and prospects for the future.

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