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A Day to Galvanize Action on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

     Here’s my most recent blog post on a critical topic  A Day to Galvanize Action on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, US Department of State Dip Note blog, June 30, 2015 (with my great colleague Blake Peterson.  Please read and share.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Regions, Women & Leadership, Women & Politics

Does 1+1=3?: Expanding Our Successes

So enjoyed speaking on this panel on how to ensure that development takes women and girls into account.  The title says it all — “Does 1+1=3?: The Integration Hypothesis.”  In short, can those working in various development fields create bigger change by focusing on integrating their work, looking for cross-cutting solutions, and listening to the voices of women?  Sponsored by fhi360, Women Thrive and Johnson & Johnson on the margins of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, it brought together practitioners, academics and donors to strategize about future strategies.  Great crowd and great night.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cross-Listed/Archives, Current/New, Regions, Women & Leadership

Middle East/North Africa

Speaker, “Women as Political and Social Leaders,” International Visitor Leadership Program (focus on Middle East and North Africa), Washington, DC, March 3, 2015. Panelist, “Responding to ISIS Violence against Women and Girls,” University of Virginia/AMAR/Presidential Precinct/University of Virginia Women’s Center, Charlottesville, VA, October 27, 2014. Panelist, “Madame Parliamentarian:  Lebanese Women in Politics,” American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC, May 27, 2014. Speaker, “Women’s Empowerment and Professional Development through Networking,” International Visitor Leadership Program (Saudi Arabia), Washington, DC, March 26, 2014. Speaker, “Women Leading Africa,” Senator Chris Coons Annual Opportunity: Africa Conference, Wilmington, DE, March 10, 2014. Panelist, “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond,” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, January 30, 2014. Speaker, “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security,” International Visitor Leadership Program (Iraqi Women), Washington, DC, January 31, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Regions

Europe/former Soviet Union

Speaker, “Role of Global Women’s Issues,” Open World Kosovo Exchange, Washington, DC, January 9, 2014. Speaker, “Building Leadership Capacities of Women in Politics, Business, Media and Government in Bosnia Herzegovina,” U.S. Embassy, Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar, April 23-28, 2012. Speaker, 2012 Election Analysis, US State Department Digital Video Conference (DVC) with US Embassy in Cyprus, December 2011. Conference Facilitator, Supporting Womens Political Participation in Armenia: Building a National Womens Platform, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)/USAID, Yerevan, Armenia, May 18-19, 2011. Facilitated a two day meeting of 300 plus Armenian women (and some men) from very diverse backgrounds and affiliations with a goal of developing a draft womens policy platform for use in advocacy for changes to government policy and for inclusion in political party platforms. At the end of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Regions

Talking Women Peace & Security in the Dog Days of August

I was honored to speak at a packed event in late August, focusing on women, peace and security issues, and sponsored by Women in International Security.  Despite it being late August (or perhaps because of it), the room was full of interested and engaged participants.  It was a great discussion about how to involve  more women – at every level – in building strong and sustainable communities.   Here’s a blog about the event.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Readings

Politics & Election Strategy

Panelist, “Women and Power in Decision Making,” IFES International Women’s Day Briefing, Washington, DC, March 4, 2015. Speaker, “Women’s Leadership: Successful Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals,” Women Parliamentarian Legislative Exchange (House Democracy Partnership/International Republican Institute), Washington, DC, November 17, 2014. Speaker, “Women in Political and Social Sectors,” International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington, DC, October 21, 2014. Panelist, “The Feminist Voice in Politics,” Day of the Girl Summit/She’s The First {American}, Washington, DC, October 4, 2014. Guest Lecturer, “Elections: A Global Perspective,” Women & 2014 Elections:  US and Around the World, American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, September 27, 2014. Guest Lecturer, “Women Through a Global Lens,” Introduction to Women and Politics, American University Women & Politics Institute, Washington, DC, September 14, 2014. Panelist, “Madame Parliamentarian:  Lebanese Women in Politics,” American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, … Read entire article »

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Teaching Experience

Stephenie is a regular lecturer at classes addressing women, politics, leadership and public service.  She is a Professorial Lecturer at the Women & Politics Institute at American University (AU) in Washington, DC where she teaches courses on women and public policy. During the summer and fall of 2011, she taught a newly designed class on Women World Leaders at AU. Since 2005, she has taught: Women World Leaders; Women and the United Nations; Women, Politics and Public Policy;and Advocating for Women’s Rights. She is also the designer of a two week certificate program entitled, African Women’s Leadership in Public Life, which was a partnership of Vital Voices African Women’s Leadership Initiative and American University’s Women & Politics Institute. … Read entire article »

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“The success of women worldwide rests in holding political offices”

Here’s a link to my recent interview on the “Women of Washington” show on Federal News Radio.  What great questions by hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, both accomplished women of Washington themsleves! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Readings

Dr. Abdi: Keeps Hope Alive

I just finished this amazing – and inspiring – autobiography of Dr. Hawa Abdi and her work in Somalia.  I’ve heard Dr. Abdi speak several times, and met one of her courageous daughters, Dr. Deqo Abdi.  But, the book provides so much more insight than those interactions.  It gives a clear and nuanced account of her life, her accomplishments, her challenges and her work.  Somalia is a tough place to do this work – taking in families, providing needed health care and other services. While most would shy away from the challenges, or be deterred by them, Dr. Abdi and her daughters are not.  But the book is much more than a guide to her work and her determination, it is a portrait of a real woman who faces personal and family challenges, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Reviews, Current/New, Women & Leadership

IFES Alum – That’s Me!

Privileged to be interviewed by IFES for my work:  IFES Alum Continues to Empower Women Around the World You are currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. What does this work entail? Overall, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), headed by Ambassador Catherine M. Russell, seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. S/GWI works to promote stability, peace and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world. My responsibility as a Senior Policy Advisor is to oversee S/GWI’s work on women, peace and security issues, women’s economic empowerment and women’s political participation. There is a lot to do every day as we move these issues forward, both here … Read entire article »

Filed under: Current/New, Elections, Regions, Women & Leadership, Women & Politics