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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.”

This WPSP summit brought together women in public service leadership positions from the 14 districts in Senegal in order to concretely discuss solutions and breakthroughs to hasten gender parity in public service in Senegal. Through training and networking opportunities, the summit empowered women leaders and equip them to pursue leadership in public service.

How do we increase the global percentage of women in public service and capitalize on the progress made thus far? What are the unique challenges that female candidates face? How can we support women to run for office in countries where they are severely underrepresented?