Erin Wroblewski

Erin Wroblewski (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in East Jerusalem): Erin earned a BA with distinction from Indiana University and spent two years as a Fulbright scholar in Austria. She has also worked for the Germany Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Crises in Berlin and spent the summer of 2006 working in HIV/AIDS prevention in Arusha, Tanzania. Erin graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2007, with an MA in German and European Studies and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. While pursuing her master’s degree at Georgetown, Erin worked at the Washington office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) - a German foundation committed to the principles of social democracy.



Women Leaders

07 Aug

This Saturday the FES and our partners at Birzeit University began a leadership seminar designed for Palestinian women. Twenty women were selected from an applicant pool of over one hundred to take part in a comprehensive seminar series in which they shall develop leadership skills to apply to their careers and build networks with other Palestinian women in positions of authority. The seminar series includes team management, public speaking and self assessment workshops during the coming weeks with events throughout the West Bank.

The opening day at Birzeit University began with introductions from FES and Birzeit officials, but the most impressive input came from the women themselves. Most participants are between the ages of 20 and 35 and joined the project with impressive educational backgrounds and professional experience. Several have completed advanced degrees including MAs and MBAs. Their collective professional experience reflects critical institutions and businesses in the region; engineers, teachers and political leaders. They applied to the seminar program in order to build leadership and management skills and enhance professional networks.

Workshops and seminars take place regularly in the region and are an important part of the FES work in promoting democracy and strengthening civil society. Palestinians are among the most educated people in the Middle East and Birzeit University contributes significantly to that proud fact. This FES-Birzeit project not only promotes continuing education for individuals, but also offers a collective benefit as a setting for leaders from different sectors and industries to connect.

As the seminar series continues I will visit the group again and hopefully learn more about the women, their goals and their progress.

Posted By Erin Wroblewski

Posted Aug 7th, 2007

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