The Women in Public Service Project has been housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as part of The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) since June 2012, under the leadership of Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis. The GWLI is a unique platform for change– connecting current and emerging leaders, raising the profile of critical issues, advancing inclusive policies, and bringing new research to the forefront. The GWLI strives to inspire a new generation of women leaders to realize the goal of at least 50 percent women in positions of political, public, and civic leadership by 2050. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, home to The GWLI, is the living; national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.
Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of The GWLI, has been an integral part of the Women in Public Service Project since its founding in 2011 and was the Director of the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project Institute at Wellesley College in 2012. Rangita was also the Director of the Women in Public Service Institute at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh in 2012. Months into her tenure at The GWLI, Rangita authored and released the National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service, which serves as an outline for the work done by The GWLI and the Women in Public Service Project. Read the report and learn more about the important work yet to be done, much of which will be the focus of Women in Public Service Institute: Peacebuilding and Development this summer.
National Action Plan on Women’s Equal Participation in Public Service
By Rangita de Silva de Alwis
“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.”