From a recent event on good governance, sponsored by USAID/Georgia and implemented by MSI.
Earlier this month, MSI facilitated a two-day workshop focusing on current programming and research on advancing women’s leadership in the public sphere. Topics such as violence against women in politics, building public awareness and support for women’s and youth leadership, more effective engagement with political parties, and building partnerships between academics and practitioners were discussed.
The event was held in partnership with the USAID Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG).
Representatives from MSI, USAID and from Cambodia, Georgia, Kenya, Jordan, and Mexico were on hand to discuss ways forward on women’s leadership programs. These experts and academics reviewed USAID programing to strengthen women’s leadership in politics, and new program directions taken by organizations such as the National Democratic Institute, International Republican Institute and the InterParliamentary Union. DRG acting director, Caite Lott, chaired the productive and lively workshop.
Data collection is needed to better understand women’s leadership in top levels across the public sector. Members from USAID, two UN agencies, the State Department, and other international organizations shared results of the current efforts to collect this data.
Over 80 experts representing organizations such as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the Global Fund for Women, Vital Voices, the Asia Foundation, and the World Bank contributed to discussions. They gave valuable recommendations on increasing programs and research.
MSI has been actively engaged on women’s issues and projects for decades across a range of sectors including governance, health and education.