The Institute emphasized leadership challenges and opportunities for women in post-conflict countries and countries in transition and provided a forum for shared learning and dialogue among emerging women leaders. Many of these countries have recently experienced disruptive conflict but have reached a state of at least tenuous peace, and the Bryn Mawr Institute was vital for helping emerging women leaders navigate the fragile boundaries between conflict and peace in their nations.
Forty-three inspiring delegates attended the Women in Public Service Institute: Peacebuilding and Development. They came from 30 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe, and included mayors, parliamentarians, activists, and NGO leaders.
Speakers at the Bryn Mawr Institute were also an incredible, diverse group of visionaries; among them were Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State; Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs for the United Nations; Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State; and Niki Tsongas, Congresswoman from the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts.