Women in Public Service Project (WPSP)

Posted by on January 14, 2013

As you know, Bryn Mawr joined with the Seven Sisters colleges and the U.S. State Department in 2011 as founding partners of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). The goal of this initiative is “50 by 50”: to achieve equal representation of women in political and government leadership roles by 2050. The Wilson Center, led by former Congresswoman Jane Harman, became the administrative home of WPSP in late summer 2012, and is working with the colleges to expand the WPSP partnership and programming for emerging women leaders in public service.

I am delighted to announce that Bryn Mawr will host a WPSP institute from Sunday 7 July to Friday 19 July 2013. The institute at Bryn Mawr will focus on women from post-conflict and transitional societies that have reached at least tentative peace. The institute will emphasize the relationship of peacebuilding and development; the structures, legal mechanisms, institutions, and norms that provide supports for effective governance and for economic and social development. This context will shape participants’ work in leadership development, and will seek to build their capacity to engage across differences and form alliances in the hard work of reconstruction.

We are eager to disseminate information about the WPSP institute at Bryn Mawr to women around the world who may be interested in attending. [I should note that the institute is offered at no cost to admitted delegates; airfare is also provided.] I would appreciate your help in forwarding this announcement widely, both to individuals and to relevant networks.

Details about the institute, including the application, can be found on the institute website.


For more information please contact the institute Director, Jessica Berns, at: wpsp@brynmawr.edu

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