Promoting Women's Leadership in International Affairs


OCT 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

We've had a busy start to the fall here at WFPG, with more still to come! So far, we've hosted programs on Russian foreign policy under Putin, gender equitable international aid, and the recent elections in Israel. We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Member Blog.

We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you soon!

Kim Kahnhauser Freeman
WFPG Executive Director


Oct blog

The UN's Gender Agenda: Be Part of the Change | Ann-Marie Wilcock

Despite some progress, there is still a lot of work to be done from the bottom up to reach a gender-equal UN. UNICEF's Ann-Marie Wilcock shares the lessons she's learned during her time working at the UN and offers advice for women considering this career path.
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What is Feminist Foreign Policy? | Stephenie Foster and Susan Markham

There is a growing feminist and gender-focused discourse in US foreign policy and national security. Stephenie Foster and Susan Markham envision a feminist foreign policy for the US and provide a road map those within the US government to operationalize such a policy. Read more

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Embassy Series
Moving Forward: The Evolving US and Mexico Partnership
October 23 | 6:30 p.m
. | DC

Join us for an Embassy Series conversation with Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui and Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent and an associate editor of The Washington Post. Bárcena became the first woman Ambassador of Mexico to the US on January 11, 2019. Previously she served as Mexico's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies based in Rome, Ambassador to Turkey, Ambassador to Denmark, and as Consul in Barcelona. 
Learn more and register


Nonprofit & Government Career Fair
November 15 | 11:45 a.m
. | DC

WFPG student and young professional members are invited to attend a free half-day career fair in Washington, DC and gain valuable insight and advice about working in the NGO, Non-Profit and US Government sectors. The program will begin with a panel discussion with senior international affairs leaders in DC (speakers to be announced soon), followed by a career fair where participants will have the opportunity to network with organization representatives and learn about prospective internships and full-time positions. 
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Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

On September 9, Author Angela Stent discussed her newest book Putin's World: Against the West and with the Rest with moderator Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent. The conversation covered the implications of Russia's expanding global presence, its future ambitions, and relations with the West. The program was co-sponsored by NYU Washington DC. Read more | Watch video


Equity and Empowerment: A Feminist Approach to International Aid

On September 12th, UNDP Director of Gender Equality Randi Davis and Marcy Hersh of Women Deliver spoke on Equity and Empowerment: A Feminist Approach to International Aid. Gender equality is a critical factor for achieving sustainable peace and development, but women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world--especially in the wake of disaster and conflict. The conversation covered how the international community is working to empower women and girls through development, how we can ensure that women are able to play an active role in rebuilding societies and preventing future crises, and which tactics have been successful. Read more


Elections in Israel: The Impact on Israel's Foreign Policy and the Region

On September 24th, career journalist and former Knesset Member Ksenia Svetlova and Carnegie Middle East Program Fellow Sarah Yerkes joined WFPG for a conversation on the elections in Israel. Svetlova opened with a brief update on Israel's recent election, in which neither current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his chief opponent Benny Gantz received enough votes to form a government. The discussion covered the ongoing coalition negotiations, Israel's relations with the US and Russia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and security threats from Iran. Read more


Young Professional Network Update

So far this fall, the WFPG's Young Professional DC Network met with Becca Balis, an international development and humanitarian response specialist, and heard from representatives from DC universities on applying to grad school. On November 15th, the Network will host Gretchen Ehle of the Atlantic Council. The network is open to all WFPG student and young professional members, as well as young professionals working at the offices of any of our organizational or corporate members.


Member News

WFPG Board Members Mary Brady, Elisabeth Bumiller and Gloria Story Dittus and former Board Member Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) were named among The Washingtonian's 150 Most Powerful Women in Washington

Kathy Calvin will step down from running the UN Foundation at the end of this year. During her tenure, Calvin mobilized and inspired an impressive global network of partners in support of the UN and has tirelessly advocated for US leadership, equality for all people, and full rights and opportunities for the world's girls and women. She will be succeeded by Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, who will assume the role of President and CEO on January 1, 2020.

In September, Gretchen Ehle joined the Atlantic Council and now serves as its Director of Institutional Giving, where she is responsible for strategic business development growth for the Council in the public sector.

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In this issue...

  1. Member Blog
  2. Upcoming Events
  3. Event Highlights
  4. Young Professional Network
  5. Member News

Upcoming Events

Oct 23 | DC
Moving Forward: The Evolving US and Mexico Partnership

Nov 15 | DC
Nonprofit & Government Career Fair


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