The East-West Center and Gender Equality: The Multiplier Effect


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For nearly six decades, the East-West Center has provided transformative educational, leadership, and capacity-building experiences for change makers across the US–Asia Pacific region who return home to positively impact their communities.

We have empowered thousands of future women leaders who have thrived in our diverse and inclusive community and sensitized future male leaders to the importance of gender equality. Today, many have a gender equality multiplier effect (GEM) in their professions, communities, and in the region.

Their accomplishments contrast sharply with the persistent reality of gender inequality in the world today. No country has reached gender equality in practice, and some 90 percent of countries still have at least one gender discriminatory law. Lack of opportunity harms not only women but their communities and countries, deprived of their full contributions to governance and the economy.
Research demonstrates that advancing women’s equality can add
$12 trillion to global growth.

Addressing such critical issues of common concern is the East-West Center’s mission.
We are committed to gender equality, which we advance in five ways:

1. Leadership Education and Training

Empower leaders through advanced education and training with a gender lens.


2. Data and Analysis

Provide evidence-based data and informed analysis about gender-related issues.


3. Legal Rights

Support the legal rights of women and children.


4. Engagement

Engage communities, global coalitions, networks, and partnerships in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 5.


5. Scholarly Work

Contribution to scholarly work on women and leadership.


East-West Center GEMs

Read about East-West Center alumni creating a multiplier effect in their communities by clicking the pictures below.

Christina Cogen
Brianne West
Melialani James