Featured Programs and Events

The Women in Public Service Project hosted a conversation with Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and the first woman to hold that office. Over the course of her fellowship, Dr. Banda has written extensively on issues around empowering women leaders in Africa. During the event she presented her white paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Supporting Women Leaders in Africa.”

In celebration of our 5-Year Anniversary, the WPSP will convene high-level women and men in public service from around the world to discuss data-driven progress in the movement toward gender parity, where the data is, and why it matters. The conversation will explore topics crucial to the 50x50 goal of 50% gender parity in public service leadership with commentary from women leaders and experts in the field. The event will also include a musical performance by Madame Gandhi.

Simonetta may be the only woman who is a Director in all of UN – Vienna, but, as she explains, she has gotten comfortable being the only woman in the room.  She went on to say that this used to be intimidating to her, but she is an expert in her field and thus there is no reason to be nervous.  This sense of confidence carries into all of the work that Di Pippo does, especially her initiatives for creating “more space for women in space.”  

“The evidence is clear and overwhelming,” Bachelet argued. “To end gender inequality is a matter of justice and an opportunity for development. Or as I used to say, ‘It is the right thing to do, but it’s also the smart thing to do.’”

On August 9, 2016, the Women in Public Service Project co-sponsored the event “Women and the SDGs” with the Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability & Resilience Program and Plan International USA. Roger-Mark de Souza, Tony Pipa, Natalie Co, and Xolile Manyoni were panelists.

Ms. Ibrahim discussed the dominant role of the matriarch as a consistent component in African societies. After highlighting that women drive a majority of the economic activity on the African continent, she asserted, “There is a paradigm in the African imagination that recognizes the strength of a powerful woman that I don’t think exists in the same way in America. I experienced ageism in Africa and sexism in the global north.”