Media Release

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.

Their aim is to make available and transparent the data that exists, which includes Boardwalk’s DNA Diversity Toolkit, and work with partner institutions, government and other actors to collect further data, disaggregated by gender, that does not exist. The WPSP will host an online data platform that will be auto populated and will provide data visualization so that policy makers, scholars and the interested public can understand, analyze, and use the data to improve policy.

Commenting on the signing, Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, CEO, Boardwalk Leadership commented: “Boardwalk Leadership is excited to collaborate with The Wilson Center. Now more than ever there is a need for focused attention on building the pipeline and maintaining a strong baseline for women leaders in public sector. Our partnership will help to ensure transparency on data, benchmarking women in public sector leadership and we look forward to working together to create a comprehensive measurements that maintain and build momentum for gender leadership globally.”

Gwen K. Young, Director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, The Wilson Center added: “A strong evidence base is crucial to furthering women’s empowerment. We’re excited to partner with an expert in leadership training and reporting to leverage the data for substantive change.”

Notes to editors

Boardwalk Leadership is a niche training and research consultancy with global reach, specializing in gender diversity and inclusion working across different sectors. Building on cutting-edge research combined with innovative and sustainable leadership training Boardwalk Leadership creates sustainable change.

The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. 

The Women in Public Service Project, housed at the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged. Through research, partnerships, and peer-to-peer networking, WPSP is pursuing the goal of “50X50”: 50% representation of women in all elected and appointed policy and political leadership positions by 2050.

For more information, please contact:

Natasha Bartlett-Twivey
Boardwalk Leadership
+44 (0) 7784 297466

Ryan McKenna
The Wilson Center
(202) 691-4217