The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Wilson Center and Women@TheTable in Geneva have announced a global convening of women leaders from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. “Breakthrough Barriers: Women in the Public Sphere” will devise transnational solutions to overcome the foremost barriers to global gender parity in public service.

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Wilson Center has launched a new data and resource portal for global women’s leadership. The website,, will serve as the premiere resource hub in the movement toward global gender parity in policy and political leadership.

Boardwalk Leadership and the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purposes of collaboratively measuring data for women’s participation in political and public service leadership positions.

Although women number half of the world’s population, they are noticeably absent from top levels of leadership in the public service sector. This global leadership deficit prevents a fuller understanding of the essential points of view and distinctive vision that women can bring to the table, limiting effective processes that lead to transformative and impactful decisions.

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Young leaders need opportunities to grow and environments that encourage the development of leadership skills. Many girls and women across Africa are not receiving the same opportunities for growth that boys and men are. As a result they are being held back, unable to reach their full potential.