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.




Women still face a fight for recognition in war and peace
January 22, 2015
The Guardian
referenced the GGP/IGIS publication "Women in Peace and Security through United Nations Security Resolution 1325" (.pdf) in this article on the impact of the Resolution 15 years after its passage.

Welcome back to Hannah Stambaugh 

We are pleased to welcome back Hannah Stambaugh. Hannah joined the Global Gender Program as an intern in September 2013. She is a junior in the Elliott School pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in international development and a minor in cross-cultural communications. She spent last semester studying abroad in Oslo, Norway at the University of Oslo. While there, she studied migration and the politics of belonging in the context of a strong welfare state. Hannah’s main academic interests are human rights of minority groups including indigenous persons, women, and the LGBT community. As an intern at the Global Gender Program, Hannah’s tasks include writing the Global Gender Current’s weekly Org Spotlights, blogging about local events, and working on administrative tasks.

New Intern

We are pleased to welcome Laura Kilbury as a new student intern for the Global Gender Program. Laura is a sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs and concentrating in International Development. She is also active with the International Affairs Society, College Dems, and GW-UNICEF. She volunteers regularly at Mary’s House and tutors refugee girls through Catholic Charities. Her contirbutions at GGP include assisting with Org Spotlight, attending events and writing blog posts for our blog, global.gender.current, and updating the bibliography for UNSCR 1325.

Welcome to Camry Haskins

We are pleased to welcome Camry Haskins as the new Program Assistant for the Global Gender Program. Camry is a current MA student at George Washington University, studying International Development Studies, with a concentration in Gender and Development. Prior to joining GW, Camry received her BA in Political Science from California Polytechnic University, and then joined the workforce for two years. Camry is excited to be back in school and pursuing a career in global gender development.

Mikaela Romero Awarded the 2013-2014 Michele Manatt Fellowship

Mikaela is an M.A. candidate of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. In this capacity, she explores topics of international development and global gender equality. She is also a program officer at the the Elliott School’s Global Gender Program where she supports a university partnership between George Washington University and Lahore College for Women University. This project facilitates intellectual and cultural exchange for the empowerment of women and broader understanding of cultural diversity. As a scholar of international affairs, Mikaela aims to examine the interplay of gender equality efforts and culture, then help to carry related insights into the arena of practice. In her long-term efforts to further interdisciplinary collaboration in policy, she also works as a student liaison and operations manager for Results International (i-ReInspire) Consulting and Research. Mikaela originally hails from California and possesses an underlying passion for learning and the pursuit of social justice.




Farewell to Hannah Bryant

We are sorry to bid farewell to the Global Gender Program’s Program Assistant, Hannah Bryant. Hannah is an MPH student at George Washington University, currently concentrating in Community Oriented Primary Care. Hannah’s yearlong position with the Global Gender Program came to an end in July when she accepted an internship with the Women’s Collective DC.
While with the Global Gender Program, Hannah took on many roles. She was the editor for GGP’s newsletter, blog, and website. She was also the main coordinator for all GGP run events. Though she was only with GGP for a year, Hannah has left big shoes to fill. Though we are saddened to see her go, we wish her luck with her expected graduation date of May 2015, and her future career endeavors.

Congratulations to Dr. Lakhani

Zain Lakhani, pre-doctoral Visiting Scholar with IGIS/GGP in 2013-2014, defended her dissertation in history at the University of Pennsylvania and is now a post-doctoral  fellow in the Human Rights Program at the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation traces the history of how “women’s rights” became incorporated into America’s global platform on human rights. She explores the confluence of long term social transformations and key turning points such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which began in 1993 and sought to include rape as a crime of war. 

International Affairs MA Program introduces major field in global gender policy

The GGP is pleased to announce a new "major field" within the International Affairs MA degree program, the Elliott School's largest MA program. It comprises 12 credit hours and provides  knowledge of global gender policy challenges and programs, expertise in research methods, and exposure to critical skills and toolkits. It will equip students with the ability to pursue and succeed in the increasing number of careers that value global gender expertise.

Congratulations to Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford, former pre-doctoral fellow in IGIS/GGP, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in political science in February. It is entitled "Punctuated Silence: The International Response to Wartime Sexual Violence" and her committee chair was Dr. James Lebovic.

Congratulations to Neely Myers

Neely Myers has accepted a tenure-track job offer from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Starting in fall 2014, she will be assistant professor of cultural anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology. Dr. Myers was a visiting adjunct professor of anthropology at GW in 2012-2013 and faculty affiliate of Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies though 2014. In the summer of 2013, IGIS and its Global Gender Program funded field research by Dr. Myers in Tanzania. She focused on the work of World Vision in empowering women and girls. 

New Working Paper Online by GW alumna, Amanda Eller

Our latest working paper, “Power Dynamics and Sexual Relationships between Professors and Students at an Urban University in Benin”, is now available. The author of this paper, Amanda Eller, graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in international affairs and a minor in sociocultural anthropology. She spent 2011-2012 in Benin on a Fulbright US Student award where she did research on transactional sex and sexual harassment in universities.

Welcome to Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs

We are pleased to welcome, Dr. Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs focusing on women, security and development, to GW and IGIS/Global Gender Program. Prior to joining GW, Aisling spent over 14 years working on issues of security and development, both at the international level and in conflict-affected states in Africa and South East Asia. This semester Aisling is teaching two international affairs courses: Global Gender Policy and Gender and Conflict.

Congratulations to student intern Asthaa Chaturvedi

Congratulations to Asthaa Chaturvedi, B.A. candidate in International Affairs (expected graduation May 2014) for her new internship in the spring with Meet the Press. She will be coordinating with guests, conducting research and helping prepare for program segments. Asthaa has been a student intern with the Global Gender Program of IGIS since January 2013. She was our social media anchor, writing and posting many entries on both the global.gender.current and anthropologyworks. Her ten-part series of interviews on Why It Matters with leaders in gender equality and gender mainstreaming has contributed important insights about how women leaders see their role and mission and what advice they have to offer to aspiring leaders. In the summer of 2013, through funding from GW's Undergraduate Research Award, Asthaa undertook two months of fieldwork in New Delhi to gather qualitative data on women's perceptions of the impact of participation in an empowerment organization called SEWA. This research formed the basis for her honor's thesis as well as a Global Gender Program Working Paper

Farewell to Ariana Rabindranath and Milad Pournik

We are sorry to bid farewell, after two years, to the Global Gender Program's Associate Director, Ariana Rabindranath, and GGP Research Associate, Milad Pournik. Funding for their  positions expired at the end of 2013, and each has moved on to a new position. Ariana is Chief Operating Officer at Women's Learning Partnership. Milad is a Junior Researcher with Management Systems International. The GGP is very grateful to a generous gift from an anonymous donor which supported their positions in 2012 and 2013.

Congratulations to pre-doctoral fellow Kerry Crawford

Congratulations to Kerry Crawford, doctoral candidate in political science at GW and pre-doctoral fellow in the Global Gender Program (2012-2013), for her new tenure track position as assistant professor of political science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is currently completing her dissertation on the international response to wartime sexual violence and has recently published an article on framing sexual violence as a security issue in the November issue of Gender and Development.

GGP Holds First Live Video Conference with LCWU: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's End Violence against Women

On December 3, 2013 the Global Gender Program held a live, international video conference, linking the George Washington University with Lahore College for Women's University (LCWU) in Pakistan for a 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. A recap of the event can be found on GGP's blog, Global.Gender.Current.

GGP Awarded $1 million Grant from the U.S. Department of State

The Global Gender Program received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of State to support a three-year (2014-2016) partnership between GGP and Lahore College Women’s University (LCWU) in Pakistan. GW faculty leading  this project are Barbara Miller, director of the Elliott School's Global Gender Program and professor of anthropology and international affairs, and Shaista Khilji, professor of human and organizational learning and international affairs, in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The Global Gender Program will work with LCWU’s Gender and Development Studies Program to build capacity at LCWU in several ways.

Joshua Doherty Awarded the 2013-2014 Michele Manatt Fellowship

Joshua Doherty is an M.A. candidate in International Affairsand J.D. candidate atG.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.

Cait O'Donnell, GGP
program coordinator,
at a USIP event.

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.

Photo: Kevin Carroll

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.

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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.

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Farewell to Erica Buckingham, GGP Assistant

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

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. P D F file icon 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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