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Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Rangita de Silva de Alwis is a globally recognized international women's rights

expert. She serves as the Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University

of Pennsylvania Law School where she teaches international women's rights

and has been appointed Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School's

Women and Public Policy Program for 2019-2020 academic year. She serves as

an Advisor to the National Security Council on addressing legal barriers that

preclude women's economic participation in developing economies, with an

emphasis on Africa. Before coming to Penn Law, she was the inaugural director

of the Global Women's Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service

Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges

at Wellesley College which then moved to the Woodrow Wilson International

Center for Scholars. Recently, she developed a Gender Supplement to the U.N.

Secretary General's Guidelines on Disability, and a report to the World Bank on

Women's Voice and Agency. Currently, she is working on a chapter on gender

equality and leadership for the Handbook on the Sustainable Development

Goals, Oxford University Press.

 

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