Call for Applications, Women Leaders, Two Week Institute on Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development, Women in Public Service Project

Posted: November 6, 2013 in News and Views

Mount Holyoke College and Smith College are proud to cohost “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development,” a two-week institute of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). The institute will bring together emerging women leaders working to re-build their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods following political violence and human rights violations. This intensive program, cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is scheduled for May 25–June 6, 2014. The institute invites applications from societies recovering from recent (within the last decade) conflict, with a preference for delegates from Asia.

Please note: Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit applications online by November 15, 2013.

The institute aims to provide the emerging women leaders selected for participation with the concrete tools and training necessary to increase the scope, efficacy, and visibility of their work. Invited scholars, policymakers, and government and non-government representatives will aid delegates in expanding their leadership and communication skills, developing effective use of traditional and social media, and improving the ability to build national, regional, and international networks.

The institute invites applications from early and mid-career women from societies recovering from recent (within the last decade) conflict, with a preference for delegates from Asia.

Participants will also visit the nearby city of Holyoke, as well as Boston, to meet with officials and local partner organizations. A trip to New York City will provide an opportunity to network with women in the private sector.

The Program

Through panel discussions and working groups based on actual cases and projects, as well as workshops, debates and special events, the 2014 institute will promote leadership skills and explore the multiple legal, political, economic, social, and cultural approaches to recovering from violence and safeguarding human rights.

Delegates will engage the following questions:

How can women effectively mobilize their communities to respond to conflict and repair the damage done?
What strategies exist for reconciling divided societies and addressing the needs of victims?
Which institutions (e.g. government agencies, judiciary, and schools) need to be reformed in the wake of atrocity and what are the tactics for restructuring them?
What are the different ways to document, remember, and memorialize atrocity; deter future human rights violations; and amplify the role women play in the process?
What approaches can be used to improve economic development and inclusion to aid societies in recovering and prospering following violence?
How can women build financial and economic capacities, from the grassroots to the highest levels of policymaking?

The 2014 Women in Public Service Institute will take place at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. Mount Holyoke College is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts; Smith College is in neighboring Northampton, Massachusetts. Both colleges are 90 minutes from Boston by car.


The funding for this program covers: tuition, accommodations, meals, field trips, and travel from arrival at the delegates’ home airport to one of two airports – Boston, Massachusetts or Hartford, Connecticut. The delegates will work with a travel agency and the Institute to make the arrangements.

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  1. Erum Gul says:

    i want to apply for this..can i?

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