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The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Wilson Center has launched a new data and resource portal for global women’s leadership. The website, 50x50movement.org, will serve as the premiere resource hub in the movement toward global gender parity in policy and political leadership.

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.

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.

Although women number half of the world’s population, they are noticeably absent from top levels of leadership in the public service sector. This global leadership deficit prevents a fuller understanding of the essential points of view and distinctive vision that women can bring to the table, limiting effective processes that lead to transformative and impactful decisions.

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.”

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