Featured Programs and Events

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by violence and conflict, and are often the first to detect insecurity. It is for these same reasons that women leaders are well-positioned to mitigate the impact of insecurity on women and girls, as well as civilians in general, to foster a culture of peace. Women leaders at multiple levels are actively pursuing greater security and stability for the sake of not only women and girls, but also their community as a whole.

The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to co-sponsor this event with Brazil's Chief Justice Carmen Lucia, part of an ongoing lecture series on Rule of Law in Brazil from the Wilson Center Brazil Institute and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Please join the Women in Public Service Project and publication author Lucina Di Meco for the launch of this unique resource for emerging women leaders and global stakeholders. The first in a multi-city series of launches, the event will include a conversation with women leaders leveraging networks and technology to make a difference at all levels of decision-making around the world. The discussion will highlight the ways in which political networks can help women leaders break barriers and drive change toward global gender parity.

The Haleh Esfandiari Forum at the Wilson Center is a series of public events focused on women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This joint initiative by the Middle East Program (MEP) and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) honors Haleh Esfandiari’s commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and her leadership of MEP from its inception in 1998 through 2015.

The Women in Public Service Project was pleased to welcome two principal negotiators of the Iran deal to discuss these challenges and opportunities the new administration and global community at large face as US-Iran relations continue to evolve: Baroness Catherine Ashton and Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman. 

On February 22, 2017 the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a side event at the 61st Session of Commission on the Status of Women focused on the role women leaders play in peace and development. The event preceded the formal launch of a data partnership between the Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project and the UNDP Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative.