Global Gender Program
The Global Gender Program comprises Elliott School faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliated professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, education, rights and security (HERS) of women and girls internationally and to reducing gender-based exclusion, violence, and discrimination in these four areas. Founded in 2010, the Global Gender Program pursues its mission through teaching, research, and policy/public engagement.
Everything the GGP does is based on the premise that Gender Equality Matters.
Joshua Doherty Awarded the 2013-2014 Michele Manatt Fellowship
Joshua Doherty is an M.A. candidate in International Affairs and J.D. candidate at G.W. Josh has been committed to global gender policy issues through internships since 2011, starting with the American Red Cross through his recent involvement with Ayuda, Inc where he performed client intakes and prepared trial materials related to domestic violence and family law cases. He has written three reports, including a Global Gender Policy Working Paper on the impact of quotas for women in the judiciary. He is focusing his studies at GW on gender-based violence and gender equality and seeks a career promoting women's and girl's development.
GGP Awarded Conservation International Grant
The Global Gender Program received a grant of $18,000 from Conservation International (CI) for a policy review to support CI's initiative, "Women and Healthy Sustainable Societies." The GGP research team comprises Ariana Leon Rabindranath, associate director of the Global Gender Program, and Pierre Pratley, pre-doctoral fellow. They will collect existing international, regional, and national level policies about freshwater conservation, food security, climate change adaptation, and improved livelihoods in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and then review their inclusion of a gender dimension.
New Working Paper Online
GGP is pleased to announce the release of "Prospects for Women's Economic Empowerment: Trends and Models for Sustainability in the Artisanal Sector," the M.A. capstone report of Elizabeth Andrews, Nicoletta Barbera, Morgan Mickle, and Hilary Novik. The report examines the prospects for women's economic empowerment through the artisanal sector, based on field research conducted in Colombia and Rwanda.
Farewell Cait O'Donnell, GGP Program Coordinator
While with the GGP, Cait effectively took on a wide range of tasks and handled them all with great effectiveness and aplomb. She is an excellent writer, contributing to our social media efforts and ensuring consistent high quality. She was a great mentor and role model for our student interns. Everyone in IGIS/GGP, and anyone in the Elliott School who had a chance to get to know her, will miss her spirit and energy. In her new job, as program coordinator with World Resources Institute, she will be a team member of the Access Initiative, which is the world's largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that local communities have the right and abilities to gain access to information and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and environment. The Access Initiative helps to build environmental democracy by connecting local struggles to policy reform, from freedom of information laws to participation in environmental impact assessment.
Congratulations to student intern Asthaa Chaturvedi
Congratulations to GGP student intern, Asthaa Chaturvedi who is a recipient of a GW Undergraduate Research Award for her fieldwork this summer on Empowering Women Collectively and Individually from Her Perspective: A Case Study of SEWA Delhi. Asthaa's main objective is to use qualitative methods to learn women's perceptions of how SEWA has affected their roles and status in their family, neighborhood, and government as well as their changing access to a secure livelihood and economic assets. She hopes to trace the process of how women working through SEWA gain confidence and agency in the realm of collective group action for labor rights to extend the space for empowerment and dialogue in their homes and communities and to play a greater role in decision-making processes. Asthaa, a member of the University Honors Program, will be a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs next year where she is concentrating in international development. She is a regular contributor to the global.gender.current blog.
GW alumna gives TEDx talk on girls and education in Ghana
GW BA alumna and member of the Global Women's Task Force at GW, Sally Nuamah, now a doctoral candidate in political science at Northwestern University, will give a TEDx talk in Chicago, streamed live, on Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT.
GGP's Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated at the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender
On March 21-23, the European Standing Group on Politics and Gender convened the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. GGP Associate Director Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated in the conference and presented her paper, "Finding a Voice: Pathways Women Take to Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region", in a panel discussion entitled "Access to Political Power: Women's Ambition and Routes to Office." The conference was attended by 500 academics and practitioners from Europe and abroad.
GGP hosted two major events in March
GGP held its first-year Spring Roundtable panel devoted to gender issues in migration and international development called "Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind." Our event for International Women's Day focused on ending violence against women. It included a keynote lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. For more information on this event view our blog post "Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict" or the Elliott School's March Briefing. A video of this event can be found here.
Two additional working papers now online
"Explaining the Variation in Gender Composition of Personnel Contributions to UN Peacekeeping Operations" (by Kerry F. Crawford, James H. Lebovic, Julia M. Macdonald) examines how we account for the dearth of female contributions to UN peace operations.
"Defying Strategy: United States Non-Strategic Recognition of Wartime Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo" (by Kerry F. Crawford) poses the following question: Do states devote valuable material resources and political capital to condemning atrocities when armed intervention is not imminent or when the perpetrator is not an adversary?
GGP's Second Occasional Report available now
We are happy to report that the Global Gender Program's second occasional paper is now live here. The paper, prepared by Milad Pournik, Jaeeun Chung, and Barbara Miller, offers a review of the concept of social resilience (particularly how it relates to women and girls), provides a summary of a conference that took place marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and its 2012 theme, Women & Girls: The inVisible Source of Resilience, and summarizes how social resilience can create more secure societies in a changing world.
Congratulations to Casey McHugh
Casey McHugh (MA in Anthropology and International Development, GW, 2011), has been appointed as Education Program Support Specialist at USAID/Liberia. She will provide support on the conceptualization, design, documentation, and management of USAID education assistance projects in Liberia. Casey worked with IGIS's Global Gender Program as a research assistant for its Working Papers on Women, Security, and Development in 2011.
GGP at a USIP event celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan
The Global Gender Program of IGIS is a member of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group, convened by Kathleen Kuehnast of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). The Working Group has been a strong advocate for a US National Action Plan in support of UNSCR 1325 and its implementation. On Wednesday January 30 USIP hosted a panel discussion, featuring Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan. The event also included a knowledge and resource fair, for which the GGP had a table at.
GGP supported documentary on Burmese migrant women workers
The Global Gender Program supported the making of a short documentary, Stepping into Change: Migrant Women Workers in Thailand, produced by MAP Foundation. The 13-minute film highlights the conditions faced by Burmese migrant women workers in Thailand and the Women’s Exchange program that has helped them.
Women and Water in South and Central Asia:
Building International Social Capital for Sustainable Peace and Development
This project, funded by the State Department, will support Track II diplomacy (people-to-people relations) and enhance capacity on water resource management as a key element in enhancing stability and prosperity in Central and South Asia. It brings together young women social entrepreneurs and activists from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, to discuss their experiences, best practices, and innovative solutions related to community-level water management. It will also connect them to U.S. institutions and the policy community working on water management and women's participation. The project includes in-person and virtual exchanges in the Central and South Asian region and in Washington DC, video and web content production, and curriculum development. The award is for nearly $300,000 and extends from January 2013 to December 2015. The principal investigator is Marlene Laruelle, research professor of international affairs with the Central Asia Program of the Elliott School's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; the co-principal investigator is Ariana Rabindranath, associate director of the Global Gender Program of the Elliott School's Institute for Global and International Studies (IGIS). Two other affiliated faculty are Deepa Ollapally of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Barbara Miller of IGIS and the Global Gender Program.
Launch of the Global Gender Program Bibliography Project
Since 2010, the Global Gender Program has gathered sources relevant to issues raised by United Nations Security Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) which states the importance of including women in all aspects of peace, conflict resolution, and protection during conflict.
Click here to read more and view the Bibliography.
GW Alumna wins 2012 Sports for Social Inclusion Award
Girls Kick It!, a program Anna Phillips conceived six years ago in Uganda to empower women through the power of sport is this year's winner of the "Sports for Social Inclusion Award". This award is provided through Beyond Sport a global network of sport for social change organizations that hosts an annual awards program with international leaders (this year in London) for the best global sport for social change initiatives.
Anna was honored to have dinner with Tony Blair, Michelle Kwan, Michael Johnson, Michael Elliott and many others to share with them GKI's successes and vision for the future. She also had the opportunity to speak with NGOs working on similar issues around the word, business leaders, politicians and Olympic athletes about the Girls Kick It! impact model.
According to Anna, Girls Kick It! continues to achieve great success in Northern Uganda and is recognized internationally for its role in sport, equality and leadership building, as well as its sustainable social enterprise model.
Anna earned a B.A. in international affairs from the Elliott School and an M.A. from the Elliott School's International Development Studies Program in 2010. Between her studies, she spent a year in Uganda on a Fulbright Fellowship studying women's political participation. While there, she was inspired to launch Girls Kick It!, a program she has continued to support since then. During the first year of her M.A. studies, Anna was a program assistant working with Barbara Miller in 2009-2010 on what became the foundation for the Elliott School's Global Gender Program, launched in 2010, and the GW-wide Global Women's Institute which will be launched in the near future.
The Global Gender Program Assistant since Fall 2010, Erica Buckingham left GGP in July to work as a Business Development Proposal Associate at FHI360. It has been great working with Erica on many GGP projects, including program building, submitting grant proposals, planning events, building social media, developing student volunteer programs, and more. We will miss Erica, but wish her the best in all her future endeavors! Cait O'Donnell will succeed Erica as the main point of contact for GGP and can be reached at email@example.com.
Gender Equality report co-authored by GGP Director, Barbara Miller
Three GW faculty — Michelle Kelso of the Sociology Department and the Elliott School, Naomi Cahn of the Law School, and Barbara Miller of the Anthropology Department and the Elliott School — collaborated with several Swiss researchers to prepare a report on Gender Equality in Employment: Policies and Practices in Swizterland and the U.S. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and funded by GW's President, Provost, and Vice Provost for Research. The report formed the basis of discussion for an international conference, U.S.-Swiss Sister Republics - Building Bridges, organized by Megan Beyer and held in Bern, Switzerland.
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