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Women in Public Service Project (WPSP)

Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development

Simmons College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College were proud to co-host "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," a two-week Institute from May 25-June 6, 2014. The Institute brought together emerging women leaders, primarily from Asia, who are working to rebuild their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods following political violence and human rights violations.

The Institute created an interactive and participatory forum in which delegates acquired new knowledge, engaged in training and expanded their networks. Together, Institute hosts and delegates explored political, economic, social and cultural approaches to recovering from violence, safeguarding human rights and building more peaceful and inclusive societies.

From May 29th to June 1st, Simmons College hosted the WPSP delegates and expanded on the theme "Principled Leadership." While at Simmons, participants contemplated women in political roles through a tour at the Massachusetts State House and engaged in thought provoking panel discussions about the ethical challenges and gender obstacles surrounding leadership in post-conflict countries.

Simmons is very proud of Zara Ali '15, Mallarie Charbonneau '15, Ashli Edwards '16 and Ellen Garnett '17 who were chosen as Simmons student ambassadors for this exciting event. These students experienced the institute first hand, working directly with the Simmons, Mount Holyoke and Smith faculty and staff members on logistics and programming needs for the duration of the two-week program.

View our storify to see the social media interactions captured throughout the Institute.

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