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The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Our Secure Future and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to the Wilson Center for a public panel conversation on the current level of men's engagement in Women, Peace and Security and what steps we can take together to encourage more male allies to join the movement.

A global gender gap continues to be a drag on economies even though some progress has been made. A recent trade deal between Canada and Chile included a focus on women and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested that similar considerations should be part of a renegotiated NAFTA. Can trade agreements provide a mechanism for narrowing the gender gap? We asked Gwen Young, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project, to share her thoughts on the topic in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

The impact of women's voices in decisions-making transcends sectors and industries, and few global leaders have more direct experience with this than President Gurib-Fakim. The first woman to be President of Mauritius and one of only four women presidents in Africa, President Gurib-Fakim is also an internationally acclaimed scientist and dedicated advocate for engaging women and girls in STEM innovation.

The Student Research Competition gives young scholars the opportunity to contribute substantive research to their field. Students who receive this award will be invited to the Wilson Center in Washington, DC for a half day of presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities with professionals and potential employers from a vast array of DC-based governmental and non-governmental organizations. Award winners will be given the opportunity to present their work and be interviewed at the Wilson Center. Finalists will also participate in a personal conversation with WPSP Director Gwen Young and a relevant Wilson Center staff member of their choice.