GWLI Blog

HuffPost Live: Silent No More

Feb 12, 2013
// By GWLI Staff

Rangita De Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Director of Women in Public Service Project, joined HuffPost Live on February 11 for a conversation hosted by Abby Huntsman with Kim Lee, Anti-Domestic Violence Activist, Feng Yuan, Chinese Activist and Board Member of the Anti-Domestic Violence Network, and Shuang Lin, an Exchange Student at Barnard College.  The conversation centered on the landmark case in China which granted Kim Lee a divorce from her husband on the grou

Topics: China Mainland

Women’s Leadership in Times of Political Transitions: Some Lessons from Kyrgyzstan

Feb 12, 2013
// By GWLI Staff

On December 13, 2012, Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva , former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, and current head of "The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva” International Foundation, gave a lecture on women's leadership in times of political transitions. President Otunbayeva was joined by The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, and moderator and Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis.

WPSP Delegate Lamaan Sabri Mejlli Appointed as Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq

Dec 20, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

A delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI), Lamaan Sabri Mejlli, was recently appointed as the adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq. This is an honor that not many young women of her age will have the chance to experience.

WPSP Mentee Soe Win Develops Training Institute in Myanmar

Dec 19, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

Dr. Soe Win, a delegate from the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) training institute in December 2011, has used WPSP training materials to develop a two-month training program for women in political parties and civil society in Myanmar. During the program, participants will shadow parliamentarians. Other highlights of her program include:

WPSP Mentee Nyo Nyo Thinn from Myanmar Presents Plan to Parliament

Dec 19, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute at Wellesley College, presented her plan on Proportional Representation (PR) in the Yangon Parliament in Myanmar on July 19, 2012. Thinn researched PR systems around the world before presenting to her parliament.

Thinn also led a seminar for parliamentarians in Asia and Europe in NePi Daaw from September 2-5 with all speakers at the seminar coming from Burma, a first for a conference in Myanmar.

Mentee Rim Hajj Discusses the Impact of WPSP

Dec 19, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

A Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) delegate and mentee, Rim Hajj (Morocco), describes how the WPSP Wellesley Institute impacted her life personally and professionally.

Rabat Strategic Roundtable - Strategies to Advance Women’s Political Participation and Public Service in the Arab Region: An Agenda for Change

Dec 19, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

The Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) and the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with the Ministry of the Interior in Rabat, Morocco to convene a conference on women’s leadership in late November. Regional and global experts met with 200 of Morocco’s leaders in political and public service to strengthen women’s participation in public service in strengthening the rule of law. 

Breakfast with Ambassadors

Dec 18, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

On November 13, 2012, the Wilson Center and the Finnish Embassy hosted a breakfast meeting for the diplomatic corps of Washington D.C. at the Finnish Embassy. The breakfast was attended by ambassadors and representatives from 31 countries, along with Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman and President Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College.

Updates on GWLI Fall Conferences and Seminars

Dec 18, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

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 Program - Women's Leadership: Public Service and Global Health

Dec 18, 2012
// By GWLI Staff

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.  

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