WPSP Research and Publications

report coverConfronting gender inequality: findings from the LSE commission on gender, inequality and power

It is almost a century since the full admission of women to the legal profession; almost 90 years since the right to vote was granted to all women; almost half a century since the implementation of equalpay and anti-discrimination legislation, and today, female participation in the labour market is increasing rapidly. Yet for all the gains made, inequality between women and men persists and what has been achieved appears easily dismantled. This report investigates links between different forms of gender inequality and the operation of gender-based power across four of the most important sectors of our society: the economy, the political sphere, the legal system and the world of media, culture and communications. The main focus of our report is gender inequality in these four spheres in the United Kingdom, but we draw upon comparative evidence where appropriate, and set our analysis within key aspects of international context and contrast.


 

Canada reportWomen’s Leadership Matters: The Impact of Women’s Leadership in the Canadian Federal Public Service

This research report is Canada's contribution to the Women in Public Service Project. Through a series of interviews, Dr. Marika Morris examines the workplace culture and impact of women's leadership in the Canadian public service, where women make up 55% of employees and 33% of top leadership positions.  

 

 


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Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20), the Middle East Program and the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center are proud to share pieces from women who have been instrumental in realizing the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action in different parts of the world with the publication, Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead. The cusp of Beijing+20 coincides with the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for women’s leadership in conflict resolution and peacekeeping and the Post-2015 Millenium Development Goals.


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These stories from our Global 50×50 Changemakers, Journeys to Leadership: Narratives from the Field, capture the urgency of that call to action heard in Beijing and echoed around the world: the full and equal participation of women in decision making is imperative for peace and development. At a time when global forces are coming together in policy dialogues to reimagine the way forward post-2015 and two decades after Beijing,  the Women in Public Service Project  is excited  to present the narratives of  our delegates,  emerging women leaders who are blazing a trail to serve their communities and their countries as decision makers.

 


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Women’s Leadership and Constitutional Rights in Tunisia: Lessons for and from the Region

This compilation of working papers, Women’s Leadership and Constitutional Rights in Tunisia: Lessons for and from the Region, are works in progress prepared as background information for an informal working group created to examine constitutional implementation with regard to women’s rights in Tunisia.

 

 


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The Women in Public Service Project: Meeting the 50×50 Challenge

In celebration of two years at the Wilson Center, the WPSP is delighted to share The Women in Public Service Project: Meeting the 50×50 Challenge, a report showcasing our institutes and programs; new online mentoring platform, WPSPConnect; and research initiatives over the past two years. The report also highlights our global network and testimonies from former delegates and partners sharing their experiences as part of the Women in Public Service Project.

 

 


Women Leading Public Service and Political Participation in South Asia: New and Emerging Developments Cover Page

Women Leading Public Service and Political Participation in South Asia: New and Emerging Developments

As a follow-up to the WPSP Institute in India, this seminal compilation, Women Leading Public Service and Political Participation in South Asia: New and Emerging Developments, brings together perspectives across the South Asia region. This report provides both a mapping of the South Asia region as well as a roadmap for the way forward. The presentation of qualitative and quantitative data presented in this report fills an unmet need on data collection on women in public service in the South Asian region. Currently, no regional tracking mechanism exists for women’s leadership and participation in public service.


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This report, Mapping the Substantive Representation of Women in the Ugandan Parliament, is a joint study by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at University at Albany and Nkumba University. The report was conducted through a generous grant from the U.S. Department of State with the support of the Women in Public Service Project. The report examines Uganda’s 8th and 9th Parliaments and the representation of women in Parliament. It also critically analyzes the distinction between numerical and substantive representation of women in parliament and discusses the impact of women’s representation in parliament and how to propel substantive representation forward.


Women’s Equal Decision-making is the Unfinished Business of the 20th Century

Women’s Equal Decision-making is the Unfinished Business of the 20th Century

In May 2014, WPSP  Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis contributed the piece “Women’s equal decision-making is the unfinished business of the 20th Century” to the New Statesman Magazine’s Spring edition.

 

 

 


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Women’s Histories; More Equal Futures

In March 2014, WPSP Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis authored a piece in the Huffington Post entitled Women’s Histories; More Equal Futures. This piece was on the backdrop of International Women’s day and discusses the history of exclusion for women and the way forward toward equality.


Women’s Voice and Agency: The Role of Legal Institutions and Women’s Movements

Women’s Voice and Agency: The Role of Legal Institutions and Women’s Movements

In 2014, the World Bank Group commissioned WPSP Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis to inform a forthcoming World Bank report on women’s voice, agency, and participation. In Women’s Voice and Agency: The Role of Legal Institutions and Women’s Movements, Rangita de Silva de Alwis discusses four important pillars of women’s voice and agency: freedom from the risk of violence, freedom of movement, freedom to make decisions on family formation, and the freedom to shape policy.  Her paper examines the ways in which these freedoms impact women’s voice and the ways in which women are working to reform law and policy to ensure these four freedoms are accessible to all.


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Why Women’s Leadership is the Cause of Our Time

WPSP Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis authored an article in UCLA Law School’s Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 18 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 2013 titled “Why Women’s Leadership is the Cause of Our Time.” In this article, Rangita de Silva de Alwis argues that women’s political representation yields beneficial results for both women and men that lead to social and economic progress. Her paper examines the barriers to women’s leadership and emphasizes that unless women have full and equal participation in policymaking, the full promise of development and democracy will never be fulfilled.

 


Can International Human Rights Norms Secure Women’s Rights in the MENA Region Publication

Can International Human Rights Norms Secure Women’s Rights in the MENA Region?

This publication is the outcome of the July 10, 2013 conference of the same name co-sponsored by the Middle East Program, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Global Health Initiative. Women leaders and activists from the Middle East write about the current women’s rights situation on the ground in the region and what strategies can be employed to use international human rights norms to secure their rights going forward.

 


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Women’s Participation: The Making of the Tunisian Constitution

This report was follow-up from the April 25, 2013 conference held in Tunis, Tunisia and co-hosted by UN Women, The Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, and the Tunisian Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

 

 


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Women in Democratic Transitions in the MENA Region

The Rabat Conference in November 2012 was hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior in partnership with the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Wellesley Centers for Women with support from Lynn and Bob Johnston. UN Women, UNDP, and the International Republican Institute provided valuable collaboration. This compilation of papers, Women in Democratic Transitions in the MENA Region, serves as a follow-up to the work at the Rabat Conference. Through this compilation of papers based on discussions at the conference, we celebrate the call for women’s centrality in the constitutional making processes and the negotiation processes involved in strengthening the rule of law in the MENA region.


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Women Leading Lawmaking in China

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in partnership with the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is delighted to launch Women Leading Lawmaking in China, a critical collection of papers by China’s leading gender and law experts, a network of experts brought together under the auspices of the Ford Foundation, Beijing. This compendium of papers highlights emerging challenges to gender equality in China and is an important contribution to legal research and gender analysis in China and other countries undergoing legal system reform.

 


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Leading Like  a Woman

WPSP Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis’s article, Leading Like a Woman, is featured in the Diplomatic Courier and discusses the impact and results of women’s leadership in public service.


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National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service

This policy brief on a National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service shows that the evidence has never been clearer that women’s political, economic, and social participation and leadership are vital to development. Countries where women are fairly represented in government enjoy greater security, higher levels of development, and more inclusive policy-making. The incoming administration should take advantage of this critical moment in history by developing the first-ever National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service and sign an executive order directing that the plan be implemented. This plan would chart a course to enhance women’s equal role in public service and political participation around the world, and it would transform how the United States approaches its diplomatic and development-based support to women, thus ensuring equal participation in all levels of decision-making.