Program sessions, Friday, October 19, 2012.

Through panel discussions, working groups, trainings and special events, the 2014 Institute will build leadership skills while exploring political, economic, social and cultural approaches to recovering from violence, safeguarding human rights and building more peaceful and inclusive societies. Click here to see the themes for each day of the Institute.

Delegates will explore the following questions:

  • What are the unique contributions women make to reconciling divided and traumatized societies and to building democratic governance structures?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for women leaders in post-conflict, developing nations?
  • 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?
  • What skills and strategies have proven to be most useful in post-conflict settings for overcoming obstacles to political, social and economic change?


The 2014 Women in Public Service Institute will take place at Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Smith College. Mount Holyoke College is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Smith College is in neighboring Northampton. Simmons College is in Boston, a 90-minute drive from the other two campuses.


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 arrangements.

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