Global Gender Program
Development in Pakistan through Women’s Empowerment
The Global Gender Program received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of State to support a three-year (2014-2017) 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. During the first year, the partnership will include collaboration to improve the curriculum of LCWU's M.A. degree program. Each year, GW faculty will provide webinars, and faculty and students at both universities will participate in live video conferences (the first one was held in December 2013). Every year, LCWU students will attend classes at GW in the second summer session, and LCWU faculty will visit GW to offer lectures and develop collaborative research projects.
Women and Healthy Sustainable Societies
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.
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.
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