Dr. Dawuni's research will focus on women in judiciaries across Africa within national jurisdictions and on international courts.

As we draw closer to an equal and inclusive society, women are increasingly influential, visible and vocal in the political and economic life of their countries. It is vital to proactively incorporate this reality into international public policy.

On Tuesday, June 13, H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda, in addition to US Senator Pat Roberts (Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman), provided remarks at the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award (GWLAA) Luncheon, celebrating Dr. Akin Adesina's contributions towards the advancement of agricultural development.

Public service extends beyond the elected roles of representatives and appointed roles of administrators to all essential services provided by the government, including the provision of security and justice. Arguably one of the most vital functions of the state, providing security means more than military forces and border control. Police forces are responsible for enforcing the laws that govern society and play a large role in security at the local level. They are often the first face of the law for citizens, one the most tangible arms of the government in day-to-day life, and a role almost entirely held by men.

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The conversation provided a unique perspective from a woman leader on the global stage. Ms. Hillman’s remarks emphasized the importance of women’s leadership in all aspects of decision-making and the need to break down the “glass walls” that restrict women leaders to “soft” sectors such as social and health policy.