Yashaswini Singh ’13 will be speaking at “A Global Conversation: Women Leaders Responding to the United Nations General Assembly,” hosted by the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) and the U.N. General Assembly. On Monday, Sept. 24, the conference can be seen streaming live beginning at 6:20 p.m. EST.
Singh will speak about the importance of equal access to economic resources for women. She will discuss the importance of equal participation of women in economic decision-making processes, and the implications of women’s empowerment, drawing from her experiences working as a public policy intern at the Millennium Development Goals Center for East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, this summer.
The program includes two panels; one will feature Wilson Center president and former U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman, U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, two members of the Council of Women World Leaders, and Farah Pandith, U.S. special representative to Muslim communities. The second will feature Singh, along with student representatives from eight women’s colleges. This panel will be moderated by WPSP Executive Director Rangita de Silva de Alwis. The panels will focus on one of the major issues under discussion at this year’s General Assembly meetings.
A native of New Delhi, India, Singh is currently double majoring in economics and math, with a minor in music at Bryn Mawr. Her other areas of interest include public policy and public finance, aid effectiveness, and the political economy of sub-Saharan African countries.
WSPS is a joint initiative of the U.S. State Dept., the five leading women’s colleges (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley), and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and is intended to bring more talented women into leadership roles in politics, government, and intergovernmental organizations.
In December of 2011, many of the world’s most influential leaders—including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde—gathered in Washington, D.C., for a colloquium that marked the official launch of the WPSP. This year, Bryn Mawr College will host the 2013 WPSP Summer Institute on campus.