Women Rights are Human Rights and Women Leadership is Just Right
5:00 PM17:00

Women Rights are Human Rights and Women Leadership is Just Right

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Join us at IWPR for an intimate discussion with two exceptional international women leaders, Katarzyna Pisarska and Viviana Waisman

About this Event

Join IWPR’s Women and Foreign Policy Initiative for a roundtable discussion with two international women leaders, Katarzyna Pisarska, Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, and Viviana Waisman, President and CEO of Women's Link Worldwide. IWPR's Federiga Bindi will moderate. The event is organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in the US.

Katarzyna Pisarska, PhD, currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Public Diplomacy and the University of Southern California, is Associate Professor at Warsaw School of Economics and the founder and director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Poland. She is also Program Director of the Warsaw Security Forum and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2013, Dr. Pisarska was named one of the “99 under 33” most influential world foreign policy leaders by the Diplomatic Courier in Washington, DC. Previously, Professor Pisarska was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Oslo, and at the Australian National University. She is the author of the book, The Domestic Dimension of Public Diplomacy: Evaluating Success Through Civil Engagement.

Viviana Waisman an expert in women’s rights and international human rights law, is the President and CEO of Women's Link Worldwide, which she founded in 2001 in response to what she perceived as a glaring need to advance women’s rights in national courts by applying international and regional human rights standards. Her publications include, The Prosecution of Sexual and Gender Crimes in the National Courts of ArgentinaBridging the Divide: Women's Access to Justice; Reproductive Rights 2000: Moving Forward (editor); and Women of the World Anglophone AfricaLaws and Policies Affecting their Reproductive Lives. Prior to founding Women’s Link, she worked as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund in New York, as an attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and as an associate at the law firm Gray, Cary, Ware & Friendenrich in California.

Federiga Bindi, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at IWPR where she directs the Women in Foreign Policy Initiative. She is also a tenured Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she founded and directed the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (2004-2012), and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her books include, The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the WorldThe Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem?; Italy and the EU; Analyzing European Union Politics and, most recently, Europe and America: The End of Transatlantic Relations?

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The Age of Women - Why Feminism Also Liberates Men
4:00 PM16:00

The Age of Women - Why Feminism Also Liberates Men

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On April 10, the Embassy of Belgium, American University’s Washington College of Law and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research will organize the launch of Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s book “The Age of Women. Why Feminism Also Liberates Men”. The event will take place at 4pm, at AU’s WCL.
In the book, Deputy PM De Croo makes the case for more gender equality in the workplace, and society as a whole. The book was already presented in Brussels, in London and recently in Austin, Texas at SXSW 2019. Deputy Prime Minister De Croo is one of three co-founders and a champion of the global She Decides-movement.

A panel discussion will include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, UN Women’s Executive Director -and former Deputy President of South Africa-; Melanne Verveer, the first ever US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues; Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of the World Bank & Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence; moderator will be Heidi Hartmann, IWPR President. The event will be open to students, diplomats and the international policy community here in DC, and will be followed by a reception.

Registration is free but required, you can do it here.

This conference is organized with the support of the EU Commission ERASMUS+ program

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A Nordic Perspective: Making Women's Economic Empowerment Happen -The Role of Human Rights, Social Protection and Care Provision
3:00 PM15:00

A Nordic Perspective: Making Women's Economic Empowerment Happen -The Role of Human Rights, Social Protection and Care Provision

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Economically empowering women is essential to realize women’s rights and to achieve broader development goals such as economic growth, poverty reduction, health, education and welfare. Yet disadvantages and discrimination faced by women and girls continue to severely limit their ability to lift themselves out of poverty.

In the Nordic countries, a variety of public policies and services enables women to participate actively in the economy and to have equal rights as men. The event will have lightning talks by five Ambassadors from Nordic countries to discuss the Nordic welfare state and a panel discussion to more generally explore the role that both the government and private sector can play in enabling women (and men) to achieve their full social, political and economic potential

Join us for a discussion followed by reception at the SIS Abramson Family Founders Room, American University, Washington D.C.

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Remarks by

The Acting Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, Mr. Henrik Bramsen Hahn

The Ambassador of Finland to the United States, Ms. Kirsti Kauppi

The Ambassador of Iceland to the United States, Mr. Geir H. Haarde

The Ambassador of Norway to the United States, Mr. Kåre R. Aas

The Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, Ms. Karin Olofsdotter

Dean of Academic Affairs at American University, Dr. Mary Clark

Discussion moderated by

Professor of Economics, American University, Dr. Maria Floro

With panelists

Director of Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods, Intl Center for Research on Women, Dr. Sarah Gammage

Associate Director, Women and the Law Program, American University Washington College of Law, Ms. Daniela Kraiem

Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Ms. Gitte Frederiksen

Senior Specialist, Migration and Labor Trafficking, Solidarity Center, Ms. Neha Misra

Gender Specialist, Peace Corps, Ms. Ashley Mills

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Women Leaders in Culture and Arts: Going beyond the obvious
7:00 PM19:00

Women Leaders in Culture and Arts: Going beyond the obvious

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We all know the facts: Women are still dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in the world of arts and culture (and not only there by the way) and thus role models of women leaders are more important than ever. But underlying assumptions about gender and leadership run deep in society and are hard to change, even in a “progressive” and creative field like the arts. One way to achieve this is to expand our definition of who is a “powerful leader” and what constitutes “meaningful” representation of women.

Can women leaders increase the power that culture and arts has for a broader public discourse? Are organizations that embrace innovation and fresh ways of thinking about their interaction with the public also more equitable? Does a more meaningful representation of women lead to a less “elitist” image of art and culture in the broad public, outside of urban cities?

Let’s try to discuss these questions together on the occasion of this year's International Women’s Day. The ACF Washington organizes together with the Institute for Women Policy Research with the support of the ERASMUS+ program a “Salongespräch” / panel discussion about women leaders in culture and arts and which impact, except reaching the 50% representation, women in the art world can have for the communities they work for and with.



Director of the Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Austria)


Board President, ArtTable


Senior Chief Diversity Officer, The Phillips Collection

Moderated by TOM MINTER, playwright and author

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and small cheese and wine reception.

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An example to learn from? A conversation with Anna Kläppe and Anna-Maja Henriksson
12:00 PM12:00

An example to learn from? A conversation with Anna Kläppe and Anna-Maja Henriksson

The Nordic countries are known for their progressive gender equality policies: what can we learn from their example? and is the Nordic model in peril? Please join us for a Brown Bag conference with Anna Kläppe and Anna-Maja Henriksson.

Anna Kläppe is the Secretary General of Centerkvinnorna, Sweden's largest political association for women. Center Women is a green social liberal and feminist force that has been fighting for women's rights since 1932. Previously Anna was a political advisor on foreign affairs and defense and has served in government as a political advisor at the Prime Minister's Office, in Parliament and at the municipal level.

Anna-Maja Henriksson is a member of the Finnish parliament and the leader of the Swedish People's Party of Finland - first women to elected in the position. Anna-Maja previously was Minister of Justice.

Federiga Bindi - Director of IWPR's Foreign Policy Initiatiative and Sr. Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - will introduce and moderate what we expect to be a lively and very interesting discussion.

RSVP required - attendance is limited - a little homemade pizza will be served.

This event is organized in the framework of the Women Leaders in IR project cofunded by the European Commission - Jean Monnet Action.

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Video from event is here.

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“Women Leadership in EU Foreign Policy”
2:00 PM14:00

“Women Leadership in EU Foreign Policy”


The University of Miami

European Union Center/Jean Monnet Chair

invites you to a special presentation and talk

“Women Leadership in EU Foreign Policy”

Dina Moulikouva, Lecturer, Department of International Studies


Joaquín Roy, Director, EU Center


Federiga Bindi, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 2pm-3:15pm

Where: University of Miami, Cox Science Building, Room 145


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2:45 PM14:45

ASU Global Symposium: Women Leadership in International Relations

The Dan German Visiting Distinguished Chair from the Department of Government and Justice Studies, Professor Federiga Bindi, will chair a panel of students from her Women in International Relations course to discuss major women on the past and present political stage across multiple countries and backgrounds.  They include the United States’ Hilary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, the United Kingdom’s Margaret Thatcher and Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi.  All four women have played major roles in international relations with varying results and receptions from their peers and respective citizens.

Each woman would be discussed by the student that researched them and includes students from both the graduate program in the Department of Governments and Justice Studies.  There will be a short introduction about the class and women in international relations followed by students 5-8 minutes to discuss the primary achievements of each woman along with the obstacles and reactions they faced throughout their career.  The panel would give insight into the perspective of women in diplomacy, international relations and scholarship.

Chair:  Prof. Federiga Bindi

Hilary Clinton:  Kaitlin Berry

Condoleezza Rice:  Carly Wilson

Margaret Thatcher:  Greg Nelson and Kathleen Doherty

Aung San Suu Kyi:  John Bebber

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United We(men) Win: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in IR and Foreign Policy
5:30 PM17:30

United We(men) Win: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in IR and Foreign Policy

The day after #StateOfWomen, for the first time the main women programs and organizations engaged in IR and Foreign Policy will join forces to discuss how to promote international women leadership! Join us for an exciting discussion, precious advice and unique networking!

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