On September 21, 2021, OSF Director Sahana Dharmapuri acted as the facilitator for the first session of the Women’s Leadership Series, hosted by Women Moving Millions. OSF founder, Cynda Collins Arsenault, introduced the event. Speakers participated in a roundtable format, and included Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Zainab Salbi, and Alyse Nelson.
The event was part of a series which seeks to advance how women can come back stronger after the pandemic and advance gender equality and global security. Cynda kicked off the event by discussing the importance of advancing the WPS agenda. Topics covered by the speakers included the gendered implications of the current humanitarian crisis within Afghanistan, the need for safe transportation for women out of Afghanistan, and the critical link between the WPS agenda and the climate crisis.