The fall of 2012 has been an exciting time for the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center. Though we are the Wilson Center’s newest initiative, our director and staff inspired by the leadership of Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center have been working tirelessly to advance the goal of empowering women emerging leaders around the world.
Smith College led a Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) symposium in Paris in October in collaboration with the French Ministry of Women’s Affairs on the topic of global health issues and how women’s leadership can make a difference in this field.
Delegates from seventeen countries across francophone Africa, greater Europe, and the United States examined issues of infectious disease, domestic violence, nutrition, and gender disparities as they also built professional networks. “To lead, we must help each other,” said delegate Theresa Kim, of the University of Washington.
The United States Mission to the European Union and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) hosted a global conversation on “Breaking Barriers – Strategies to Succeed in Public Service” in Brussels on October 2nd, 2012. The voices of women’s leadership represented on the panel include Ambassador Anna-Karin Eneström, Sweden's Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the EU, Dr. Franziska Brantner EU Parliamentarian, and Susannah Wellford Shakow, Esq, Chair of the Board and founder of Running Start.
During the United Nations General Assembly, at a high-level meeting convened by UN Women, the government of South Africa, and the government of Finland, several countries pledged to strengthen the Rule of Law for women by broadening access to justice for women.
On September 24, 2012, against the backdrop of the 67th meeting of the UN General Assembly as world leaders gathered together, the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) partnered with Barnard College and our other partner colleges to create an alternative forum to discuss some of the challenges of our times.