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Women are underrepresented in politics at all levels around the world. Women’s equal participation in public life and political roles are a critical component of the sustainable development goals as women’s political inclusion facilitates a more vigorous democracy and positions governments to better address pressing issues. Various training programs have been implemented across the globe to reduce some of the barriers to women’s entry.  This event will serve as a space for discussing the impacts of different capacity-building interventions. Panelists share their insights on effective strategies but also limitations across different regions worldwide. 

Panelists: Dr. Chiedo Nwankwor, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Marta Martínez, Specialist, InterAmerican Commission of Women; Orgil Dugersuren, independent political expert; Dr. Kelly Dittmar, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden and Director of Research and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics; and Dr. Ameena Zia, Founder & CEO of Blue Ridge Consulting.

Moderated by Dr. Farida Jalalzai, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and Engagement, Virginia Tech

This is an official side event of the UN Women: Commission on the Status of Women 2024 and is sponsored by Global Initiatives and Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech and Blue Ridge Impact Consulting. Free and open to the public. Contact Farida Jalalzai (