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.
Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, recently spoke at a UCLA School of School of Law’s Journal of International Affair symposium titled “Building BRICS: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Power.” The two-day symposium, which was held on February 14-15, 2013, examined the human rights records in the so-called BRICS countries such as race relations in Brazil, freedom of expression in Russia, minority religious and language rights in China, women’s rights in India, and LGBT rights in South Africa.
Caroline Kennedy has recently been placed in the spotlight as a potential US Ambassador to Japan. In light of that announcement, The Wilson Center’s Shihoko Goto wrote an article discussing the potential for women’s issues in Japan under Kennedy’s ambassadorship. Japan lags far behind many countries in gender equity, ranking 101 out of 135 countries, according to a World Economic Forum survey.