MEDIUM BLOG: Kuwaiti Women: Forging Forward in Public Life

MEDIUM BLOG: Kuwaiti Women: Forging Forward in Public Life

Kuwaiti women: quick, what image comes to mind? Truthfully, it’s a mixed picture. According to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, Kuwait ranks 129, of 144 countries, on gender parity overall. Having said that, however, 50 percent of Kuwaiti women are in the labor...

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Data, Gender & Philanthropy: Giving with Impact

Data, Gender & Philanthropy: Giving with Impact

Posted on Medium Investing in women and girls drives economic growth, creates more stable societies, and leads to better outcomes. Data is part of the infrastructure undergirding this work, and central to how decision-makers, citizens, and advocates measure progress...

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Smart Cities Must Reflect Women’s Transportation Needs

Smart Cities Must Reflect Women’s Transportation Needs

PUBLISHED IN GLOBAL POLICY JOURNAL, January 15, 2018 Today, 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, that number is projected to increase to 66 percent. At least half are women and girls.  This movement of people -- largely in Africa and...

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Women Mediating Peace Talks: A Long Road to Parity

Women Mediating Peace Talks: A Long Road to Parity

Last week, I was at Durham University in a setting made for a Harry Potter movie. I was there for an expert meeting on increasing the number of women high-level mediators, or special envoys, in peace negotiations led by the United Nations or...

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Finally #IwilldrivemycarJune15 (2018)

Finally #IwilldrivemycarJune15 (2018)

Why is driving important?  It is freedom to go where we want, when we want, and not be tied to someone else’s permission or schedule.  My closest experience occurred when serving at the US Embassy in Kabul.  To go anywhere outside the compound, an embassy employee had...

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HUFFPOST:  Bottom Line Up Front:  Women Key to Economic Growth

HUFFPOST: Bottom Line Up Front: Women Key to Economic Growth

To their detriment, the world’s economies don’t fully utilize women’s talents and skills to drive economic growth and create jobs.  If women participated in the labor force at the same rate as men, global GDP could increase from $12 to $28 trillion by 2025.  To...

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HUFFPOST BOOK REVIEW: Maid in India – All in a Day’s Work

HUFFPOST BOOK REVIEW: Maid in India – All in a Day’s Work

In July, I read the Washington Post article about 150 maids who rioted at the Mahagun Moderna apartment complex in Noida, outside Delhi, India.  These workers stormed the complex because they believed a maid had been beaten and held captive overnight by her employers...

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