Public Events

The Haleh Esfandiari Forum at the Wilson Center is a series of public events focused on women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This joint initiative by the Middle East Program (MEP) and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) honors Haleh Esfandiari’s commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and her leadership of MEP from its inception in 1998 through 2015.

The Women in Public Service Project was pleased to welcome two principal negotiators of the Iran deal to discuss these challenges and opportunities the new administration and global community at large face as US-Iran relations continue to evolve: Baroness Catherine Ashton and Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman. 

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.