Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development
Time and Place
The Women in Public Service Institute at Mount Holyoke, Simmons, and Smith Colleges
Mount Holyoke, Simmons, and Smith Colleges held a two-week institute for emerging women leaders from post-conflict societies in Asia from May 25 through June 6, 2014 in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Women in Public Service Institute at Mount Holyoke, Simmons, and Smith Colleges focused on “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development.” Institute participants were women drawn predominantly from Asia working to re-build their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods, following periods of political violence and human rights violations.
WPSP is focused primarily on training early- to mid-career women from around the world to advance their careers in government and public service as they move their nations forward politically, economically, and socially. The central mission of WPSP is to foster a world in which civic and political leadership is 50 percent female by 2050.
The Institute provided the emerging women leaders with the concrete tools and training necessary to increase the scope, efficacy, and visibility of their work. The invited scholars, policymakers, and government and non-government representatives—among them Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke alumnae—aided delegates in expanding their leadership and communication skills, developing effective use of traditional and social media, and improving their ability to build national, regional, and international networks.
The 2014 Institute was the third partner summer institute under the auspices of the WPSP. Wellesley and Bryn Mawr have hosted institutes; there have been a number of shorter programs as well, including a program on “Women’s Leadership: Public Service and Global Health” that Smith held in Paris in fall 2012. During the two weeks, delegates spent time on all three campuses. Delegates also attended field trips to visit elected leaders and community based organizations in Boston, New York, and Holyoke.