As the world grapples with multiple ongoing conflicts, geopolitical turmoil, extreme weather events, and threats to democracy, it is imperative to underscore how these challenges impact women and girls specifically—but also how women and girls are essential in addressing them.

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the Atlantic Council is hosting discussions highlighting how women and girls around the world are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges. The programming will explore how women are advancing foreign policy; advocating for equal access to resources, education, rights; and inspiring future generations to foster an inclusive and equitable world.

Upcoming events


New Atlanticist

Oct 5, 2023

Gender apartheid is a horror. Now the United Nations can make it a crime against humanity. 

By Gissou Nia

The international community has an opportunity to codify the crime of gender apartheid in the United Nations’ crimes against humanity treaty. Learn more about gender apartheid from the Atlantic Council’s Gissou Nia.

Afghanistan Education


Sep 20, 2023

Ukraine’s wartime resilience portrayed on stage in Washington

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Ukraine's remarkably resilient response to Russia's full-scale invasion has captured the world's imagination and has now inspired a quirky stage adaptation by Kyiv-born playwright Sasha Denisova, writes Jacob Heilbrunn.

Conflict Drones

New Atlanticist

Sep 18, 2023

Gender-based violence is a problem in the Caribbean. Here’s how local leaders in Jamaica and Guyana are addressing it.

By Martin Cassinelli

In Guyana, 55 percent of women reported having experienced at least one form of violence, including intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual abuse.

Caribbean Latin America

New Atlanticist

Sep 13, 2023

Twenty questions (and expert answers) about Iran one year after Mahsa Amini’s death

By Atlantic Council

A year after the twenty-two-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman died following her arrest by authorities, Iran has changed—and is still changing—in important ways.

Civil Society Human Rights

In the News

Aug 15, 2023

Arbit and Shalomov in The Diplomatic World: Women Will Be the Biggest Victims of Israel’s Judicial Reforms

By Atlantic Council

Israel Middle East

New Atlanticist

Aug 14, 2023

Afghanistan’s next generation must rise above the Taliban’s ‘reality’

By Nasir Andisha

The Taliban are not and never were an acceptable alternative to a democratic state in a pluralistic society such as Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan Civil Society

In the News

Aug 3, 2023

Arbit and Shalomov in Foreign Policy: Women Will Be the Biggest Victims of Israel’s Judicial Reforms

Israel Middle East

In the News

Jul 31, 2023

Svetlova quoted in Newsroom Post wishing a full recovery for a Yazidi girl who reunited with her family after nine years under ISIS captivity

By Atlantic Council

Extremism Middle East

Event Recap

Jul 31, 2023

Empowering the future: The rising women workforce in Saudi Arabia’s private sector

By Lynn Monzer, Nibras Basitkey

Event recap on the empowering future of the workplace in Saudi Arabia and its impact on the private sector.

Economy & Business Future of Work

New Atlanticist

Jul 27, 2023

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina: The sports world must get behind Ukraine’s cause

By Katherine Walla

“As a Ukrainian, I cannot be silent,” Svitolina said at an Atlantic Council Front Page event. “I want to scream everywhere I can and use my voice [to] the fullest.”

Conflict Security & Defense