The momentum of the mentoring calls has created regional and country chapters where former delegates meet with mentors on the ground. The first in-person meeting took place in Lebanon in November.
On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations.” This resolution is a very important step in the history of the women’s movement in the MENA region, especially at a time when women’s role and rights are being marginalized in a number of Arab countries.
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.
This publication is the outcome of the July 10, 2013 conference of the same name co-sponsored by the Middle East Program, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Global Health Initiative. Women leaders and activists from the Middle East write about the current women’s rights situation on the ground in the region and what strategies can be employed to use international human rights norms to secure their rights going forward.
On January 16th, the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) presented the prestigious 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award to Aung San Suu Kyi at her private residence in Nay Pyi Daw, Burma.
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.