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A Threat to Equity, Security, Political Participation, and Free Speech A Human Rights-Based Approach Penn Law Policy Lab Report

Defying Digital Demons

Working together with the World Bank, Pen America and the World Wide Web Foundation, Penn Law students in the policy lab on online gender-based harassment produce report on “Defying Digital Demons” showcasing the harassment against women in politics and media.

Working Report: Draft Policies on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Virtual World of Work and in Political Life

These draft policies were developed as part of a policy lab on sexual harassment taught at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School by Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis.

Black Women Future Leaders

The following report discusses themes that have emerged from working groups in Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis’s course on “Women, Law, and Leadership” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as part of an effort to increase female representation in positions of leadership. The report explores the ways in which themes including bias, representation, and allyship affect Black women in the legal field through the data collected from a survey of 30 Black Penn Law students, of which 24 identify as women and 6 identify as men.

Additional Resources

The following institutes and groups are conducting important research in the field of leadership, gender equality, and diversity. Reports, projects and compendia on these topics are highlighted below.

  • Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (King’s College London)
    Chaired by Julia Gillard, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia, the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (King’s College London) brings together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions across sectors and countries and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders.
  • Women and Public Policy Program (Harvard Kennedy School)
    The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders, and informing public policy and organizational practices.