Global Gender Program

Global Gender Forum

The Global Gender Forum is a series of speakers and events related to contemporary women and girls around the world. It provides an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, students, and others to be informed about challenges women and girls face, their voices and visions, and progress toward more secure livelihoods, empowerment, and enhanced dignity through improved policies and programs.

What Works? Promoting Gender Equality and the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Military Operations
February 25, 2015

The year 2015, marks the 15th Anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 which established the women in peace and security agenda. One of the most challenging areas to advance implementation is where it is most needed – within military institutions. With a view to the 2015 anniversary and planned high-level review of the implementation of Resolution 1325, this event convenes experts who will discuss gaps in implementation, what works, and what should be done going forward.

Speakers:

  • Commandant Jayne Lawlor, Irish Defence Forces Gender, Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Charlotte Isaksson, Gender Adviser, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO
  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women in International Security
  • Robert C. Egnell, Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Teaching, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • Aisling Swaine, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW

Watch the "What Works" event


Looking at the GW-LCWU Partnership Year 1
November 19, 2014

Live video conference connecting the George Washington University with Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Pakistan for a discussion of cross-cultural and academic experiences since the beginning of a three-year partnership award from the U.S. State Department starting in Fall 2013.
GW Speakers:

  • Sarah Shahed, Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender and Development Studies at LCWU; visiting GW
  • Shaista Khilji, Professor of Human and Organizational Learning and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Barbara Miller, Professor Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Arifa Khaled, Punjab Assembly Member, Pakistan, and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, GW

LCWU Speakers (students who visited GW in summer 2014 and took classes):

  • Iqra Anwar, M.S. candidate, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU  
  • Amna Ilyas, M.S. candidate, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU 
  • Madiha Nadeem, Teaching Assistant and M.S. candidate, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU
  • Syeda Fizzah Zainab Gardezi M.S. candidate, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU

Co-sponsored with the GW-LCWU U.S. State Department-funded Partnership, Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan


Building Inclusive Climate-Smart Resilience from the Ground Up
November 13, 2014

  • Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience at the Wilson Center

Sponsored with the Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change and the Elliott School’s Partnership for International Strategies in Asia


A Time to Act: Combatting Sexual Violence in Syria and Iraq
November 6, 2014

  • Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW
  • Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD, MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State
  • Sunjeev Bery, Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa, Amnesty International USA
  • Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

Co-sponsored with the American Red Cross, the American University Washington School of Law War Crimes Research Office, and Physicians for Human Rights.

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HerStory: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation
October 15, 2014

Film-viewing and Discussion with the Director

  • Sally Nuamah, PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University, GW alumna, and film producer

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Closed Event:
Combating Gender-based Violence and Trafficking in Persons
September 11, 2014

Discussion with seven visitors who work with the Ministry of Interior and government-operated shelters in Iraq; participants in the Department of State’s International Leadership Program.

GW speakers:

  • Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW
  • Michele Clark, Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Co-sponsored with Meridien International Center, Professional Exchanges Division


Sharing Insights between Pakistan and the United States: Social Research through a Gender Lens
September 10, 2014

Live video conference connecting the George Washington University with Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Pakistan for a discussion of the value of a gender perspective in ongoing research projects.

GW Speakers:

  • Malikah Alturki, PhD student in the Department of Human and Learning Organizational Learning, GW: Women's Leadership in Saudi Arabia
  • Brian Keilson, PhD student in the Department of Human and Learning Organizational Learning, GW: Identity Development in Hyper Masculine Organizations
  • Andrea Scott, PhD student in the Department of Human and Learning Organizational Learning, GW: Women's Entrepreneurship and Learning

LCWU Speakers:

  • Mehr Agha, MS student in the Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU:  Ethnographic Study of Marriage Practices: A Comparative Analysis of Immigrants and British-born Mirpuri Women Living in Bradford U.K.
  • Farah Adil, MS student in the Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU:  Gender Role Strain Experienced by Men in Pakistani Society
  • Zille Zahra, MS student in the Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU:   The Impact of Conflict on Women and Role of Women in Peace Building

Co-sponsored with the GW-LCWU U.S. State Department-funded Partnership, Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

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Women’s Empowerment and Equality: Challenges, Progress and Opportunities
August 7, 2014

  • Organizer and Moderator:
  • Barbara Miller, Professor Anthropology and International Affairs

    Keynote Address:
  • Jeni Klugman, Senior Advisor and Director of Gender and Development, The World Bank and Fellow at with the Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program

Panel I: Academic Perspectives

  • Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology, Connecticut College
  • Amy Young Evrard, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Gettysburg College
  • Patricia Sloane-White, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Delaware

Panel II: Programmatic and Policy Perspectives

  • Jessica Huber, Senior Gender Specialist, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn, Gender Specialist, International Center for Research on Women and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, GW  
  • Semhar Araia - Founding Director, Diaspora African Women’s Network and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, GW

Panel III: Partnerships for Peace and Development

  • Shaista Khilji, Professor of Organizational Leadership and International Affairs, GW
  • Roger Stough, Associate Dean for Research, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University
  • Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, GW
  • Sammsa Ali, Program Coordinator, US-Pakistan Women's Council

    Endnote Address:
  • Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender and Women’s Empowerment, the United States Agency for International Development

Co-sponsored with the GW-LCWU U.S. State Department-funded Partnership, Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

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Women, Development, and Mental Health in Tanzania: Preliminary Findings from Three Regions
May 14, 2014

  • Neely Myers, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Medical Anthropology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, GW

Co-sponsored with the Culture in Global Affairs Program and the Africa Working Group of IGIS


Girls’ Education and School-related Gender-Based Violence
April 23, 2014

  • Organizer and Moderator:
  • Andrea M. Bertone, Director, Gender Department, FHI 360 and Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

    Welcoming Remarks
  • Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, GW

    Panelists:
  • Julie Hanson Swanson, Acting Chief, Education Division, Bureau for Africa, USAID
  • Eugene Katzin, Senior Technical Officer, Gender Department, FHI 360
  • Andrea Powell, Founder and Executive Director, FAIR Girls & Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW
  • Rebecca Gordon, Senior Program Advisor, Together for Girls

    Discussant:
  • Maryce Ramsey, Senior Gender Advisor, Gender Department, FHI 360

Co-Sponsored with FHI 360


Stopping Violence against Women: Women’s Rights as Human Rights
April 17, 2014

  • Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara and Fellow, Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Wilson Center

Co-Sponsored with the Culture in Global Affairs Program of IGIS
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Re-thinking Gender in Peacebuilding
April 1, 2014

Henri Myrttinen, Senior Research Officer on Gender in Peacebuilding, International Alert, London
Read a recap of the "Re-thinking Gender" event


Women's Empowerment in Pakistan and the United States
February 19, 2014

Live video conference connecting GW with Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Pakistan for a discussion between faculty and students at both universities regarding women as agents of social change, women in politics, and women in civil society.

GW Moderators:

  • Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, GW
  • Shaista Khilji, Professor of Human and Organizational Learning and International Affairs, GW

LCWU Moderator:

  • Sarah Shahed, Professor and Head, Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU

 GW Speaker:

  • Candice Matthews, PhD candidate, Department of Human and Organizational Learning, GW

LCWU Speakers:

  • Mehr Agha, Assistant Professor, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU
  • Asma Seemi, Assistant Professor, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU
  • Madiha Nadeem, Teaching Assistant, M.S. candidate, Gender and Development Studies Department, LCWU

Co-sponsored with the GW-LCWU U.S. State Department-funded Partnership, Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan
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Gender, Identity Politics, and State-Society: Relations on the Sino-Tibetan Border
February 3, 2014

  • Tenzin Jinba, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Lanzhou University, China; and Program Fellow, Agrarian Studies, Yale University

Co-sponsored with the Tibet Governance Program of IGIS
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From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's End Violence against Women
December 3, 2013

This international video conference linked GW with Lahore College for Women's University (LCWU) in Pakistan for a live student discussion to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. It provided the opportunity for students at both universities to share views about challenges and prospects for change. The event is part of a new three-year partnership between GW and LCWU funded by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Moderators:
  • Barbara Miller, Elliott School, GW;
  • Professor Shaista Khilji, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, GW; and
  • Professor Sarah Shahed, Chair, Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU.

Read a recap of the "Peace in the Home" event


Women as Successful Entrepreneurial Leaders in Agriculture: Ten Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America
October 17, 2013

This seminar discusses ten case studies, informed by in-depth field interviews with women owners of small and medium sized enterprises.

  • Marlene Gummo Stearns, M.I.P.P. 2013, Elliott School of International Affiars, GW
    (Stears' fieldwork was partially supported by the Global Gender Program)

Co-Sponsored with the Institute for Global and International Studies and Culture in Global Affairs Program


Prenatal Sex Selection: Global Patterns and a Focus on Southeast Asia
October 9, 2013 

This seminar addressed current global patterns and trends relating to pre-natal sex selection, as well as the relationship between the practice and kinship structures in Vietnam and Indonesia.

  • Christophe Z Guilmoto, demographer, Director of Research, Center for Population and Development (CEPED), Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Paris

Co-sponsored with Culture in Global Affairs Program


From Integration to Disruption: How to Transform Gender Relations?
September 20, 2013

Panelists re-trace the feminist vision that drove gender mainstreaming; discuss stories of transforming gender relations in organizations and communities as well as stories of resistance to change; and explore ruptural ideas and actions that move us beyond gender mainstreaming to influence and transform development and change.

  • Aruna Rao, Executive Director, Gender at Work; Member, Editorial Advisory Group, Gender & Development; and Practitioner in Residence, Global Gender Program, George Washington University
  • Srilatha Batliwala, Chair, Gender at Work Board and Scholar Associate, Association for Women's Rights in Development 
  • Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work
  • Alivelu Ramisetty, Gender Advisor, Oxfam America
  • Lisa Veneklasen, Executive Director, Just Associates

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Culture in Global Affairs Program, Gender and Development Journal, Gender at Work, and Oxfam


African Women on the Move: Diaspora Women's Empowerment and Call to Action to Invest in Africa's Girls and Women
September 16, 2013

Discussion on the importance and impact of investing in women and girls in Africa and in the African Diaspora.

  • Speakers:
  • Imani M. Cheers, Assistant Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Tokunbo Koiki, Atlas Corps Fellow & African Foundation for Development
  • Nina Oduro, Founder, African Development Jobs

Sponsored by Global Gender Program, Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN), 13th Annual Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series

Read a recap of the "African Women on the Move" event


Prospects for Gender Equality in Iran under President Rouhani
September 16, 2013

This event focused on the prospects for gender equality in Iran as President Rouhani begins his term in office. The panelists each discussed their understanding of the current status of gender equality and spoke directly to specific policies that President Rouhani may and/or should take in advancing gender equality in Iran.

  • Moderator:
  • Milad Pournik, Research Associate, Global Gender Program, George Washington University

    Panelists:
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland 
  • Maryam Abolfazli, Middle East North Africa (MENA) Director, Eurasia Foundation 
  • Sussan Tahmasebi, Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and Director, MENA region program, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • Opening Remarks:
  • Pardis Minuchehr, Director, Persian Program, George Washington University and Assistant Professor, Persian, George Washington University

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program and the Institute for Middle East Studies


Examining Violence Against Women in India: Changes, Challenges, and Futures
April 11, 2013

This panelist discussion attempts to tackle such questions as: Why do women in India continue to suffer sexual and gender violence, arguably to increasing degrees? What are the mechanisms available for prevention, and what are the failures that sustain India's rape culture? What are the cultural, economic and political issues at stake?

  • Moderators:
  • Kavita Daiya, Assistant Professor, Department of English, GW
  • Deepa Ollapally, Director, The Rising Powers Initiative, GW

    Panelists:
  • Mary Ellsberg, (panelist) Director, Global Women's Institute, GW
  • Zain Lakhani , Graduate Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Moshenberg , Director, Women’s Studies, Associate Professor of English, GW
  • Aruna Rao , Practitioner-in-Residence, Global Gender Program, Institute of Global and International Studies, GW

Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative’s Asian Economic Challenges series, the Global Gender Program, the Global Women's Institute, and the Department of Women’s Studies


Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind
March 20, 2013

Spring Roundtable panel focusing on gender issues in migration and international development. This event aims at bringing together scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and activists to educate the public on the intersections between gender, migration, international development, economics, race, ethnicity, social class, and religion across disciplines. Questions and answers from the audience follow the panel discussion.

  • Moderator:
  • Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University. Her area of interests includes migration, remittances, international development, gender and culture. She teaches a class on Migration, Gender, and International Development at the Elliott School for International Affairs, in the GGP.

    Panelists:
  • Sonya Michel, professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a founding co-editor of the journal Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, published by Oxford UP. Her research interests include migrant women and care provision in the developing and developed worlds.
  • Helma Lutz, professor of sociology and chair of Women and Gender Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. She currently holds a research fellow position at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington, DC. Her research interests include gender, migration, “care crisis,” and “care migration.”
  • Tunde Turai completed her PhD at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. She is a researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ethnographic Institute. She also teaches at the International Student Program of the Corvinus University. She is currently a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her research interests include the care system and the social and economic constraints of the sending communities.
  • Gabrielle Oliveira, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. Her area of interest includes migration, transnational motherhood and care networks between New York and Mexico.
  • Drew McCormick B.A. 2012, Wheaton College, MA. M.A. candidate, School for International Training Graduate Institute. As part of her master’s degree she is working as a research intern for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Drew is interested in international development and the role that U.S. foreign policy plays in the lives of women in developing nations.

2013 International Women's Day
Ending Violence against Women: Inspiring Dialogue and Action

March 4, 2013

  • Keynote speaker
  • Jody Williams, Nobel Prize Winner on the Nobel Women’s Initiative International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict.

Panel 1: Is violence against women a problem with a solution?

Panel 2: What responses work to end violence against women?

Film screening: In the Name of the Family: Honor Killings in North America.


This event is co-sponsored with Gender at Work

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Getting More Women into Political Office: What Works?
February 28, 2013

Keynote speaker:

Mona Lena Krook, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University
"Electoral Quotas and Beyond: Strategies to Promote Women in Politics"

Co-sponsored by the Global Gender Program and the National Democratic Institute

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Activism and Aspirations: Women's Ground Experiences in Egypt with Dina Abou El Seoud
February 13, 2013

Dina Abou El Seoud is co-founder of Women's Revolutionary Coalition and owner of Dina's Hostel, the only Egyptian women owned and run hostel in Cairo, which also holds cultural events and exhibitions and is a hub for travelers, artists, journalists, and activists.

During the Egyptian revolutionary uprising, from January 25, 2011 until the ouster of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, women and men demonstrated together throughout Egypt. Women fought alongside men when they were attacked by the police and thugs, slept in Tahrir Square, and were martyred during these 18 days. In the days and weeks after Mubarak was ousted from power, women began to be sidelined as various groups were formed. Women were told that it was okay that they had participated in the revolution, but now it was time for them to go home and let men handle things. It was shocking for many women to hear this from their friends and people they thought to be quite liberal. As a result of such attitudes, Dina Abou El Seoud and others formed the Women's Revolutionary Coalition in order to empower women. For many people, including Dina, the revolutionary uprising was the first time in which they had become politicized. Thus in creating this coalition the goal was to help women be politically active in the "new Egypt." Over the past year, the Women's Revolutionary Coalition has become active in organizing with different NGOs and human rights groups in Egypt in order to help carve a space for women in politics and society in general. Dina is originally from Alexandria, but has lived and worked in Cairo for the past 10 years.

Co-sponsored with the International Studies and International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)


Machik Weekend
November 2-4, 2012

Machik Weekend is an annual gathering in Washington DC that brings together a diverse community of people who support Machik's mission to incubate social innovation in Tibet. It provides a unique forum for conversation, exploration and action for people who share a passion both for the ideals of service and civic engagement as well as for the Tibetan people, their land and their culture.

Through roundtables and informal discussions, participants share their experiences and learn about the broader issues at stake in the project of social engagement. Guest speakers spotlight themes such as education and social entrepreneurship, and provide their reflections on challenges facing Tibet in a wider global context. Above all, Machik Weekend is a meeting of inspired individuals who share a common concern for our collective global future.

Co-sponsored with the Culture in Global Affairs Program


Migrant Women Workers in Southeast Asia: Challenges, Programs, and Best Practices
October 25, 2012

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  • Opening remarks:
  • Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, US Department of State

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Wall Street Women

Wall Street Women: An Ethnographic View by Melissa S. Fisher
October 18, 2012

Melissa Fisher draws on fieldwork, archival research, and extensive interviews with a very successful cohort of first-generation Wall Street women. She charts the evolution of the women's careers, the growth of their political and economic clout, changes in the cultural climate on Wall Street, and their experiences of the 2008 financial collapse.

Co-sponsored with the Culture in Global Affairs Program


Women and Girls: Forces for Creating Disaster-Resilient Societies
October 11, 2012

Co-sponsored with the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GRDRR)

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National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Global Gender Program (GGP) is pleased to host a panel discussion organized by the Society for International Development and its Gender in Development Workgroup on the implementation of NAPs on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

  • Panelists:
  • Maria Butler, NGO Working Group for Women, Peace and Security - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Policy Advisor in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the Department of State
  • Anne Vasara, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Finland.
  • Moderator:
  • Kelly McBride-Valdes, independent consultant.

Gender Equity in Tibetan Public Affairs: New Thoughts on a Democracy in Progress
Friday, July 20, 2012

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Dr. B. Tsering discusses new findings and recommendations about how to understand the development of democratic culture in the absence of women's voices, and what can be done to advance gender equality in the Tibetan public affairs.

  • Opening remarks:
  • Tashi Ragbey, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Global and International Studies, GW; Co-founder and Strategic Director, Machik; Director, Tibet Sustainable Governance Program, University of Virginia

    Speaker:
  • B. Tsering, Principal, The Dalai Lama Institute

Read a recap of the "Gender Equity" event


Building Capacities and Relationships to Empower Women and Transform Communities in Colombia
May 1, 2012

The discussion featured five Colombian community leaders who participated in "Building Capacities and Relationships to Empower Women and Transform Communities," a U.S. Department of State-sponsored Professional Fellows Program, in April 2012. They shared their stories of working in Colombia's underserved communities and personal experiences in the program.

Co-sponsored with GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program


Kudumbashrees in Kerala, India: Women-Oriented Community Development
April 9, 2012

Dr. S. Gregory, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, Kannur University, Kerala; India & Fulbright Scholar, University of Chicago

Co-sponsored with GW's Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) Seminar Series


Burma After the By-Elections: Taking Gender and Human Security Into Account
April 3, 2012

  • Panelists:
  • Christina Fink, Professor of Practice, the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW
  • Tom Malinowski, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Mark Taylor, Senior Coordinator, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, State Department
  • Wenchi Yu, Senior Advisor, the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, State Department
  • Moderated by:
  • Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW

Co-sponsored with GW's Sigur Center for Asian Studies

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Rape in Times of War and Peace: Rethinking Sexual Violence and Postwar Justice in Peru
March 20, 2012

Jelke Boesten, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Senior Lecturer in Social Development and Human Security, University of Leeds

Co-sponsored with GW's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program


International Women's Day 2012 at the Elliott School
March 8, 2012

In honor of International Women's Day, the Global Gender Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs presents an exciting set of discussions on gender equality and UN peacekeeping, women and war, women's empowerment in the Middle East, and women in labor.

Keynote Address: Gender and Civilian Security

  • Maria Otero, Under Secretary, Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State

U.N. Peace Operations and Security Equality

  • Louise Olsson, UNSCR 1325 Project Leader, Folke Bernadotte Academy
  • Moderated by:
  • Barbara Miller, Director, Global Gender Program, the Elliott School of International Affairs

Women, War and Peace: Addressing Sexual Violence

  • Jelke Boesten, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
  • Dara Kay Cohen, Assistant Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender and Peacebuilding Center, United States Institute of Peace

    Moderated by:
  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America)
  • Kerry Frances Crawford, Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, GW

Improving Gender Equality: Informing Better Policy through Research in the Middle East, North Africa, and Beyond

  • Rola Abdul-Latif, Senior Research Specialist, Applied Research Center, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Jane Henrici, Study Director, Institute for Women's Policy Research and Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs, GW
  • Patti Petesch, Consultant, the World Bank

    Moderated by:
  • Heidi Hartmann, President for Women's Policy and Research

Co-sponsored with GW's Distinguished Women in International Affairs Series, GW's Security Policy Forum, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America (SIPRI North America), the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)


Women's Leadership and Gender Equality in the Political Decision-Making Process in Cambodia, East Timor, and Vietnam
January 26, 2012

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The Gender Asset and Wealth Gap: New Evidence from Ghana, Ecuador, and India
November 14, 2011

  • Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID; Economist in Residence, American University

Read a recap of the "Gender Asset and Wealth Gap" event


CARGO: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
September 26, 2011

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Women in War Zones: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
September 20, 2011

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Combating Human Trafficking in South America: A Multi-Sectoral Approach
September 1, 2011

  • Moderated and opening remarks by:
  • Andrea Bertone, Director, Center for Gender Equity, FHI 360

    Panelists:
  • Sebastian Ariel Bagini, Director, Control of Permanent Residency, National Immigration Directorate, Argentina
  • Maria Luiza Duarte Araujo, Executive Coordinator, NGO Coletivo Mulher Vida, Brazil
  • Tannya Gioconda Varela Coronel, Provincial Chief of Migration, Guayas, Ecuador
  • Omar Alberto Matos Pardo, Lieutenant, Panama National Police, Panama

Annual James P. Grant Lecture and Roundtable:
Implementing QDDR Recommendations on Gender Development

April 14, 2011

  • James P. Grant distinguished speaker
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Moderated and opening remarks by:
  • Barbara Miller, Director, Global Gender Program

    Roundtable participants:
  • Leigh Carter, Executive Director, Fonkoze USA
  • Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID
  • Nilufar Ahmad, Senior Gender Specialist, World Bank
  • Winnie Tay, Director of Program Management, Plan International USA
  • Anju Malhotra, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Impact, International Center for Research on Women

Co-sponsored with the Collaborating Centers for Global Health and Development

Watch the "Implementing QDDR" event video


Women Working for Women
March 7, 2011

  • Opening remarks by:
  • Barbara Miller, Director, Global Gender Program

    Moderated by:
  • Afeefa Syeed, Senior Culture and Development Advisor, Asia and Middle East Bureaus, USAID

    Panelists:
  • Cybéle Cochran, USAID/Conflict Management and Mitigation
  • Rachel Flynn, International Medical Corps
  • Megan Foster, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Abigail Greenleaf, Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
  • Monica Suber, United States Peace Corps
  • Laura Van Voorhees, AED

No Peace Without Women
November 3, 2010

  • Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO, Women for Women International

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Ensuring Vulnerable Women's Autonomy through Economic Independence and Professional Integration
October 28, 2010

  • H.E. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States
  • Aicha Ech-Channa, President, Association Solidarite Feminine (Women's Solidarity); 2009 Opus Prize Winner

Fighting Human Trafficking: Four Approaches by Local Organizations
October 18, 2010

  • Representatives from FAIR Fund, Rebecca Project, Courtney's House and Shared Hope International

Working the Night Shift: Women in India's Call Center Industry
April 22, 2010

  • Reena Patel, author, Working the Night Shift: Women in India's Call Center Industry

Global Women 2020: Challenges and Priorities over the Next Decade
April 8, 2010

  • Katherine Blakeslee, Director, Office of Women in Development, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Mayra Buvinic, Senior Director, Gender and Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, The World Bank
  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Gender Advisor, Gender and Peacebuilding Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Alyse Nelson, President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

    Moderated by:
  • Barbara Miller, Chair, GW Global Women's Initiative; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

What Lies Ahead: The Iraqi Elections, A Gendered Perspective
March 26, 2010

  • Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, former Iraqi Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN
  • Nesreen Al Barwari, former Iraqi Minister of Municipalities and Public Works
  • Mishkat Al Moumin, former Iraqi Minister of the Environment

Female-Selective Abortion as Genocide: The Situation in India
March 24, 2010

  • Sabu George, Independent Researcher, New Delhi

Film: Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
March 8, 2010

  • Mark Schuller, Co-producer and Co-director of Poto Mitan; Assistant Professor, City University of New York
  • Julie Meyer, Director, Lambi Fund
  • Leigh Carter, Executive Director, Fonkoze USA

Conflicts in Israeli Feminism and the Question of Palestine
February 24, 2010

  • Smadar Lavie, Associate Professor of Studies in Women and Gender, University of Virginia

Co-sponsored by the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) program

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