Public Events

On February 22, 2017 the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a side event at the 61st Session of Commission on the Status of Women focused on the role women leaders play in peace and development. The event preceded the formal launch of a data partnership between the Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project and the UNDP Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times Correspondent, Cooper believes Africa is the “toughest place on Earth” to be a woman. Madame President tells the story of the coup that brought Ellen Johnson Sirleaf into power and the Liberian women’s movement in taking political power.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Women in Public Service Project brought together private sector leaders to discuss intersections between sectors on the impact of women in leadership, barriers to women reaching senior positions, and best practices that can be shared across sectors and industries. The event consisted of a panel of individuals who work for global companies, from a variety of industries.

Join the Women in Public Service Project and Plan International USA for a conversation about the impact of women's economic empowerment on global social, economic and political development with experts in the field, moderated by Plan International USA Senior VP for International Programs Ann Hudock.

Minister Al-Qasimi summarized Emirati women’s achievements in areas such as literacy and education. She also described women’s opportunities to demonstrate their successes within different sectors of the workforce as a result of policy and cultural changes in the UAE. On the policy level, the Minister laid out the UAE government’s priorities in ensuring women’s participation on all levels of public life as well as the representation of youth in policy decision-making.

The Women in Public Service Project hosted a conversation with Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and the first woman to hold that office. Over the course of her fellowship, Dr. Banda has written extensively on issues around empowering women leaders in Africa. During the event she presented her white paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Supporting Women Leaders in Africa.”