Women in Public Service Institute Joins Woodrow Wilson Center

June 22, 2012

Women in Public Service Institute Joins Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


The first-ever Women in Public Service Institute drew to a close on Friday. Delegates were recognized with certificates, and former Congresswoman Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, announced plans for the future of the Women in Public Service Project.

Harman announced that The Wilson Center, the official national memorial to the 28th President and a premier organization for international research, dialogue, and programs based in Washington, DC, will become the permanent home of the Women in Public Service Project, institutionalizing Secretary Clinton’s vision and allowing the initiative to grow to reach its goal of 50 percent female public servants worldwide by 2050.

Further, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of International Human Rights Policy Programs at the Wellesley Centers for Women and Director of the 2012 WPSP Institute, has been appointed the Director of Women’s Leadership Initiatives at the Wilson Center.  "A well-known human rights lawyer whose work has been funded by the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and other organizations and individual donors, Dr. de Silva de Alwis has demonstrated the ability to build meaningful networks that promote women’s leadership and service across the globe and will help to ensure the success of WPSP at the Wilson Center," an announcement from The Wilson Center read.

Read the full announcement on the Woodrow Wilson Center website.

For more information about the Institute, including stories from the program, visit the Women In Public Service Project website.




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