Dr Rangita, GWLI director
The Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Schools in Washington DC,
USA has appointed Dr Rangita de Silva de Alwis as director of its Global
Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI).
Dr Rangita de Silva de Alwis (right) with US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright and US ambassador designate to Sri Lanka
and the Maldives Michele J. Sison.
In announcing the appointment, former US Senator and Wilson Centre
President and CEO Jane Harman referred to Dr Rangita de Silva de Alwis
as a “tireless advocate for women's leadership”, and said she is “she is
experienced as a leading human rights law scholar with an unbeatable
global network of contacts which makes her the ideal choice to direct
The Initiative encompasses the Council of Women World Leaders, a
group of nearly 50 women, current and former heads of state and
governments, and the Women in Public Service Project launched by US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In her capacity as Director, Dr
Rangita de Silva de Alwis will direct the affairs of the Initiative
which include promoting networks among women leaders, mentoring and
training emerging women leaders in support of the goal of 5% women
public servants by 2050.
Before her appointment, she functioned as the director of the
International Human Rights Policy at the Wellesley Centres for Women in
Massachusetts USA. She is a Gender Advisor to the Vietnamese Ministry of
Justice and the National Assembly. She had also been consulted by the
legislators of many other countries on gender and related matters.
She holds a Masters Degree in LLM and a Doctorate in Law from the
Harvard Law School.