Marie Yovanovitch Launches an Insurrection

Posted by on October 23, 2019
Marie Yovanovitch Launches an Insurrection

On October 11 the world watched as the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch strode boldly into the Capitol. In a basement room away from cameras, she addressed the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. Her deposition lasted more than nine hours. A foreign service officer for 33 years, Yovanovitch was directed this […]

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In the Aftermath of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Transformed the Country

Posted by on April 25, 2019
In the Aftermath of Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Transformed the Country

For the past 25 years, former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and I have listened with awe to the stories of Rwandan women who came together to rebuild their country after a savage genocide. This afternoon, The Boston Globe published our piece about this privilege of a lifetime, and I want you to be […]

My Career: From Bumbling Neophyte to Pioneering Diplomat

Posted by on March 17, 2019
My Career: From Bumbling Neophyte to Pioneering Diplomat

History can be told only in stories. Here are a few of mine. The purpose of sharing these accounts — particularly during Women’s History Month — is to show that women, like men, can grow from bumbling neophytes to competent leaders. For me, that has meant losing my balance and losing my way. Occasionally, I’ve […]

Note From a Proud Founder

Posted by on June 12, 2018
Note From a Proud Founder

Greetings, Nearly two decades ago, we brought together more than 100 activists from around the globe for the first Women Waging Peace Colloquium at Harvard, my academic home base, to reinvent the way decisions are made about war and peace. For the Kennedy School’s then dean, Joseph Nye, this was an example of what he […]

This Rwandan Woman’s Journey to Elected Office Began in the US

Posted by on October 11, 2017
This Rwandan Woman’s Journey to Elected Office Began in the US

The following text was excerpted from Ambassador Hunt’s latest book, Rwandan Women Rising. Seeing Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba, Vice President of Rwanda’s Senate, seated on the wooden-paneled dais beside the legislature’s other leadership, it’s hard to imagine that her journey to elected office started 7,000 miles away, in the United States. In 2000, she was selected […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Access and Accountability

Posted by on December 30, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Access and Accountability

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the last piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — An inside view of Rwanda is Umushyikirano, an enormous town hall presided over by President Kagame and attended by his cabinet, their high-level staff, religious and business leaders, plus officials from the country’s 30 districts. […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Trauma and Trust

Posted by on December 30, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Trauma and Trust

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the fourth piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, has launched yet another initiative in this tiny central African state. Her office has started up projects advancing children, particularly girls, and providing what a business school might dub a […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in Politics

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in Politics

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the third piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — Senator Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba hadn’t considered getting into politics until she shadowed a city councilman in Tucson, Arizona and watched local leaders in Louisiana coping with poverty and crime. It was 2000, and Gakuba had […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in the Private Sector

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in the Private Sector

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the second piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — To shoot her portrait, we met Immy Kamarade at her petrol station. The photos are striking — Kamarade, in a pencil skirt and a black and white checked jacket, standing beneath a bright red rooftop […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Reflections on a Nation Two Decades After Genocide

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Reflections on a Nation Two Decades After Genocide

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the first piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — From the airport hilltop at night, looking down on the city of Kigali is like looking up in the sky. White LED lights dot layers after layers of hills, a fitting, glowing first impression of […]

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