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II. The Women in Power Conference

II. The Women in Power Conference

On October 12th, I attended the half-day conference Delegation of the European Union to the United States, entitled ‘Women in Power’  held in downtown Washington DC.The conference was divided into three sessions. The opening address was by Professor Pippa Norris noted political scientist whose presentation focused on emerging challenges in women’s political participation. These challenges are especially concerning in light of the gains made by populist parties and politics globally, the weakening of rights-based institutions, the rise of anti-gender movements and the threats of violence to women in the public spheres…

I. First Impressions

I. First Impressions

I will start my Fulbright blog with a photo of the Potomac river on my walk to Georgetown my first day in Washington DC. Looking over the bridge at the seemingly unending ribbon of cobalt blue, my first impression was of the ‘mighty Waikato’ and home in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton, a touchstone of belonging for me in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Where there is a river, there is a call to home…