Gender Equality News

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.

Paving a Way for Women in Brazil

Nov 23, 2011
Tall and tan, blond and flashy, the model Gisele Bündchen has been for most of the world the seductive image of today’s Brazilian women, strutting down fashion runways in Paris, Milan and New York, while her face graces scores of magazine covers. Now there’s a new image, a new face.

Progress for Women, but a Long Way to Go

Nov 23, 2011
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.

The Struggle for Equality: Can We Close the Global Gender Gap?

Nov 10, 2011
When it comes to equality between the sexes, women have made dramatic strides in recent decades. In spite of that good news, a new report reveals a significant gender gap persists in two critical areas: economic equality and political power.

Kristen Ghodsee Wins Two Book Prizes for Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe

Sep 19, 2011
Kristen Ghodsee has won two prizes for Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria, a book she worked on as a fellow at The Wilson Center from 2005 to 2006.

Ripples of the Arab Spring: Revolt and the Role of Women

Jul 07, 2011
Pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East since December 2010. The Wilson Center's Middle East Program continues to hold meetings to explore effects in different countries and among different groups, including women. Events included a June event in which three female panelists participated in the Wilson Center session from Egypt, via Skype.

Gender and Islam in Africa: New Book from Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran

Jul 05, 2011
Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran is the editor of a new book Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law

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