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Women's Power Network
Ethics in News Reporting and Editing 
Strengthening Democracy and Governance: Women and Political Power
26 Apr - 03 May, 2004
(Session 417)
 Reinventing the West: Redefining the Transatlantic Relationship

Kim Campbell (Co-Chair) - Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge; former Prime Minister of Canada
Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika (Co-Chair) - Ambassador of Zambia to the United States, Washington, DC
Anne Gahongayire - Secretary General, Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, Republic of Rwanda, Kigali
Laura Guzmán Stein - Director, CEIM, Department of Social Work and Sociology, University of Costa Rica, San José
John Mathiason - Adjunct Professor of International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York; former Deputy Director, UN Division for the Advancement of Women
Monica McWilliams - Professor, Women's Studies and Social Policy, University of Ulster; former Assembly Member of Parliament for South Belfast
Melanne Verveer - Chair, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Washington, DC; former Chief of Staff to First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton

Additional Session Support:
Caroline Carpenter (Resource Specialist)  
Karen Whalen (Resource Specialist)  

Women have made significant strides in the exercise of political power in recent time. Nevertheless, women remain underrepresented at most levels of government in nearly all countries around the world. This has ramifications for the smooth and optimal functioning of democracy and impacts the ability of government institutions to create effective policies and practices that equally serve the needs of women and men. This session will consider various pathways to political power and will closely examine those paths most often pursued by women, looking for insights into different structures and systems most likely to encourage women's participation and remove barriers to access to power. Through regional and cross-cultural comparisons of information and experiences, we will seek to meet the following four goals:
  • Recognize commonalities across national borders and diverse cultures
  • Identify and examine discernable transnational trends
  • Distinguish successful strategies and approaches that could be profitably transferred
  • Raise awareness of what knowledge and information is lacking and encourage new research in the field
Primary attention will be given to those strategies that strengthen women's capacity and promote participation in all aspects of political life, leading to greater gender equality in key decision-making processes and positions. Participants will seek to distinguish approaches that assure women's full engagement in public life, seeking political office, gaining elective and appointive positions, and expanding their access to political power.

The fee for this session is US$5,000 not including travel. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals.

Financial aid is available and is awarded based on need. Applicants who believe they qualify for assistance should explain their circumstances in a letter, which should be submitted with their application.

Session Faculty

Laura Guzmán Stein
Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika

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