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.



Evaluation of the Partnership
November 19, 2014

The fifth VTC was held on Nov 19, 2014 in order to openly discuss our cross cultural and academic experiences over the past several months. The purpose of this VTC was to monitor and evaluate, and develop mutually beneficial activities for Year II.

Each LCWU student who visited GW in summer, as well as many students and faculty members who participated in many of the GW-LCWU project activities during the past year also shared their views (particularly GW faculty led courses and workshops at LCWU). 

There were five attendees on the GW side, including visiting LCWU faculty and Chair of the Department of Gender and and Development Studies, Sarah Shahed; and Arifa Khaled, Punjab Assembly Member from Pakistan.

There were four main speakers on the LCWU side, which were the four students who studied at GW during summer 2014. There were roughly 20 other students and faculty participating from the LCWU side as well.

Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute: Building Inclusive Climate-Smart Resilience from the Ground Up
November 13, 2014

As part of the Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change that was held on campus for 14 government officials and civil society leaders from Myanmar from November 3-14, there was a talk followed by a reception featuring Dr. Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience at the Wilson Center. He spoke on the issue of gender advisor roles and inclusivity in climate change adaptation.

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

As part of the American Red Cross mandate, the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) team hosts events to educate the American public about IHL and related issues. As part of this year’s event series, the American Red Cross, the AU WCL War Crimes Research Office, the GW Elliott School Global Gender Program and Physicians for Human Rights are organizing an event  to explore and discuss the increased use of sexual violence by state and non-state actors.

The purpose of this event is to shed light on pressing issues regarding International Humanitarian Law, complex emergencies, and sexual violence, with a particular focus on the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Our goal is not only to bring these issues to the forefront of the public debate but also discuss potential solutions to address them.


Dr. Aisling Swaine- Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD- MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights
Ambassador 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 S
áCouto- Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

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

On Wednesday, October 15, GGP hosted Sally Nuamah, PhD candidate at Northwestern University and GW alumnus, to present her documentary, HerStory: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation. Sally became inspired after her first trip to Ghana, as an undergrad at GW. The film is a response to her connection with the Ghanaian girls.

The forty minute documentary was followed by a question and answer session with the director. Many guests stayed later to continue conversations with Ms. Nuamah.

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

This is the third video conference connecting GW with the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in Lahore, Pakistan, for a live discussion between faculty and students at both universities. Faculty and students at GW and LCWU discussed the value of a gender perspective in ongoing research projects. The partnership between GW and LCWU is funded by the U.S. State Department.

Speakers from GW

Malikah Alturki- Women's leadership in Saudi Arabia 
Brian Keilson- Identity development in hyper masculine organizations
Andrea Scott- Women's entrepreneurship and learning

Speakers from LCWU

Ms. Mehr Agha- Ethnographic study of marriage practices:A comparative analysis of immigrants and British born Mirpuri women living in Bradford U.K
Ms. Farah Adil- Gender role strain experienced by men in Pakistani society
Ms. Zille Zahra- The impact of conflict on women and role of women in peace building

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

The conference consisted of a series of panels on advancing the gender equality agenda. Twelve guest speakers were brought in to present on their work or research tied to gender and development. We recognize support from the U.S. State Department.

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 - Sociologist and gender specialist 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

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

Neely Myers, Research Professor of Anthropology; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, GW

This presentation offered preliminary findings from data collected in summer 2013, supported by the Global Gender Program and the Culture in Global Affairs Program in partnership with World Vision Tanzania. Myers conducted interviews with women in three regions of Tanzania (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Singida) about their perceptions of well-being. The regions include places where World Vision had worked in the past, where they were setting up a new program, and where they had been offering development initiatives plan for a few years. The research sought to learn about women's perceptions of challenges in their lives, in their own words. This exploratory study indicates that learning about women's perceptions of well-being and mental health is itself challenging. 

Sponsored by the Global Gender Program, Culture in Global Affairs Program, and the Africa Working Group of IGIS

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

Welcoming Remarks: 
Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Director, Institute for Global and International Studies; Director, Global Gender Program, GW

Andrea M. Bertone, Director, Gender Department, FHI 360 & Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW (MODERATOR)
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
Maryce Ramsey, Senior Gender Advisor, Gender Department, FHI 360 (DISCUSSANT)

Between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience violence every year, many within and around the school community. School-related gender based violence (SRGBV) is a global phenomenon that is a barrier to girls’ and boys’ educational achievements, is correlated with lower academic achievement, higher economic insecurity, and greater long-term health risks. SRGBV is related to other forms of violence in the community, particularly for girls, and reinforces harmful gender norms.

What is the development community doing to address SRGBV and its impact on girls’ education worldwide? This interactive panel discussion will examine the connections between SRGBV and girls’ access to, retention in, and completion of school. Panelists will explore challenges to preventing SRGBV, approaches for changing norms, opportunities for empowering girls, and will offer solutions for fostering safe learning environments to improve educational outcomes for girls and boys alike.

Co-Sponsored with FHI 360.

Stopping Violence Against Women: Women's Rights as Human Rights
April 17, 2014 

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

Violence against women kills and maims more people than any war, and is estimated to affect one out of three women worldwide--yet it has only recently been recognized as a human rights problem. What can the framework adopted since the 1993 Vienna Conference, "women's rights are human rights," teach us about how to mobilize to stop violence against women? A generation of research on the politics of human rights campaigns suggest the importance of transnational action, framing, information politics, and the specific challenges of "private wrongs" committed by non-state actors. This talk will survey a global panorama of campaigns, with a focus on sexual violence in India.

Co-Sponsored with Culture in Global Affairs Program

Re-thinking Gender in Peacebuilding
April 1, 2014

Henri Myrttinen, senior research officer on gender in peacebuilding, International Alert, London

In this seminar, Henri Myrttinen presents Re-thinking gender in peacebuilding, which is based on a 3 year research project in Burundi, Colombia, Nepal and Uganda with the thematic focal areas of access to justice, economic recovery, inter-generational conflict and continuums of violence. It explores how the gender, peace and security agenda could better engage with men and boys, as well as sexual and gender minorities, while remaining engaged with improving the lives of women and girls. As a part of this, the project is also looking at how to meaningfully work with a more nuanced approach to gender, i.e. how age, social class, marital status, urban/rural setting, etc. inter-act with gender identities.

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

This Video Conference connects GW with Lahore College Women's University (LCWU) in Lahore, Pakistan, for a live discussion between faculty and students at both universities. It looks at women as agents of social change, women in politics and civil society and includes issues such as constraints faced by women in employability and emerging avenues for women empowerment in Pakistan both state and non-state initiatives. Open discussion follows brief presentations from LCWU faculty and students.

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's End Violence against Women
December 3, 2013

This international video conference linked the George Washington University 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. Convenors/moderators: Professor 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.

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

Featuring Marlene Gummo Stearns, this seminar discusses ten case studies, informed by in-depth field interviews with women owners of small and medium sized enterprises. Stearns is a 2013 graduate of the Elliott School’s MIPP program, and her 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 

In this seminar Christophe Z Guilmoto, demographer and director of research at the Center for Population and Development (CEPED), Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Paris, will discuss 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.

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

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

Speakers include:

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

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.

Panelists include:

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

Moderated by:

Milad Pournik, Research Associate, Global Gender Program, 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

The issue of violence against women in India was catapulted into international visibility with the remarkable media coverage of the gang-rape and subsequent death of a medical student in Delhi that took place on December 16, 2012. 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?

Kavita Daiya, Assistant Professor, Department of English, GW

Deepa Ollapally, Director, The Rising Powers Initiative, GW

Mary Ellsberg, (panelist) Director, Global Women's Institute, GW

Zain Lakhani (panelist), Graduate Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Moshenberg (panelist), Director, Women’s Studies, Associate Professor of English, GW

Aruna Rao (panelist), 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
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Global Gender Program (GGP) at the Elliott School for International Affairs is pleased to announce its first-year Spring Roundtable panel, which is devoted to gender issues in migration and international development. It 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.

Panelists include:

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, PhD student 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 graduated from Wheaton College, MA in 2012 and is currently completing a master’s program at SIT (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.

The Roundtable was moderated by:

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.

International Women's Day: Ending Violence against Women: Inspiring Dialogue and Action
Monday, March 4, 2013

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The Global Gender Program (GW) and Gender at Work’s celebration of International Women’s Day featured keynote speaker, Jody Williams. Jody Williams is the Nobel Prize Winner on the Nobel Women’s Initiative International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. The day’s first panel discussed: Is violence against women a problem with a solution? The second panel discussed: What responses work to end violence against women? The event ended with a film screening of In the Name of the Family: Honor Killings in North America.

This event is co-sponsored with Gender at Work

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

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Keynote speaker:

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

Panelists Include:

Jennie Burnet,
Professor of Anthropology, University of Louisville
“Gender Quotas & Women’s Representation in Rwanda: Is More Women Enough?”
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Megan Doherty,
Program manager for Middle East and North Africa, National Democratic Institute
“Women's Political Participation in Libya: Quotas as a Key Strategy for States in Transition”
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Sara Mia Noguera,
Chief of Studies and Projects Section, Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Secretariat for Political Affairs, Organization of American States
“Can Election Observation be a Tool to Promote Women’s Political Participation?: the OAS experience in the Americas”
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Susannah Wellford Shakow,
Chair and Founder, Running Start
“The Importance of Starting Early”

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

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
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

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

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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While great strides have been made in promoting democracy in the Tibetan exile community, Dr. B. Tsering's research suggests that women are, for the most part, still missing from Tibetan exile decision-making processes. 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 by 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

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

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  • 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

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

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U.N. Peace Operations and Security Equality

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)
  • Moderated by: Kerry Frances Crawford, Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, GW
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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
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Gender and Civilian Security

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

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

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

  • 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

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  • 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

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

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

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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