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The Global Women's Institute The Global Women's Institute at the George Washington University seeks to advance the status of women and girls worldwide.

The Global Women's Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute at the George Washington University which seeks to advance the status of women and girls worldwide.

Mission: The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at The George Washington University was founded in 2012 to support and enhance one of the university’s top priorities: advancing the status of women and girls around the world. GWI promotes activism and raises awareness around women’s issues globally through research initiatives, education, and policy engagement. The Institute is not housed in any single school, but rather unites faculty, students, research, and energy from all schools, recognizing that women’s issues span every academic discipline. The Institute focuses its efforts on initiatives such as violence against women, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s political participation. Serving as a clearinghouse of research and programming, the Institute seeks to coalesce people at all levels of the university into a positive force in support of rights for women and girls worldwide.

Get to know our pets! In the next few days we will share photos and bios of GWI´s beloved pets. They are so happy to hav...
09/09/2020

Get to know our pets! In the next few days we will share photos and bios of GWI´s beloved pets. They are so happy to have their hoomans with them 24/7!!

GWI´s Research Scientist, Alina Potts, was interviewed and explained how #ebola produced new relationships of dependency...
09/09/2020
How COVID-19 Is Affecting Assault Survivors Seeking Care

GWI´s Research Scientist, Alina Potts, was interviewed and explained how #ebola produced new relationships of dependency between the population and those able to provide critical care. Potts explained, a vaccinator told someone she would only receive an innoculation in exchange for sex. Children whose parents or extended family died needed to find a way to eat, and that sudden vulnerability placed them at great risk of sexual exploitation. These are important lessons for help-seeking and provision of care during #COVID19. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3m1tEnJ

In New York, fewer people who have experienced sexual assault or rape have sought forensic exams at hospitals during the pandemic. But advocates suggest that’s not evidence of declining sexual violence.

We are soon wrapping up Cohort 3 of our GenderPro program! Participants are finalizing their action learning projects, w...
09/04/2020

We are soon wrapping up Cohort 3 of our GenderPro program! Participants are finalizing their action learning projects, where they integrate gender into a project they are currently working on or are interested in. Learn more about our GenderPro program at www.genderpro.gwu.edu and we anticipate applications for the next cohort to open later this Fall!

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09/03/2020
Updates from GWI: September 3, 2020

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September 3, 2020 COVID-19 Resources We have compiled a growing list of resources in our newsletter related to the intersections of gender and COVID-19. We will continue to update that list which you can find here. Below we have provided resources as it pertains to the GW Community. If you would lik...

In case you missed it, we have a new guest blog out!  Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura write about ‘Report It! Stop It!’. ...
09/02/2020
Mobile Tech: An Answer to Gender-Based Violence? – Global Women's Institute Blog

In case you missed it, we have a new guest blog out! Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura write about ‘Report It! Stop It!’. A free app by the Flone Initiative for anyone who experiences or sees violence to share their experiences in Kenya. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/2Q6Juif

Mobile Tech: An Answer to Gender-Based Violence? Published by Global Women's Institute on August 19, 2020 This post is a guest blog written by Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura from the Flone Initiative. This September 2020, the world celebrates 25 years since the signing of the Beijing Declaration and...

The COVID-19 Communication Network is a reliable site for social and behavior change professionals to access and share h...
09/01/2020

The COVID-19 Communication Network is a reliable site for social and behavior change professionals to access and share high quality communication materials, tools & resources to address #GBV during the #COVID19 pandemic. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3baHEqp

Over the last year, our team has been busy publishing new articles and reports that speak to the way #VAWG impacts speci...
08/31/2020
Research Reports & Articles | Global Women's Institute | The George Washington University

Over the last year, our team has been busy publishing new articles and reports that speak to the way #VAWG impacts specific intersections, including COVID-19. You can stay up to date with our latest publications at the following link: http://bit.ly/2UpPZQB

  Empowered Aid: Transforming Gender and Power Dynamics in the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid | Lebanon Country Report This report shares findings from the first phase of Empowered Aid in Lebanon around risks of sexual exploitation and abuse in relation to food, WASH, shelter, and cash assistance, t...

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08/28/2020
Updates from GWI: August 27, 2020

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August 27, 2020 COVID-19 Resources We have compiled a growing list of resources in our newsletter related to the intersections of gender and COVID-19. We will continue to update that list which you can find here. Below we have provided resources as it pertains to the GW Community. If you would like....

The US Department of Education recently issued new Title IX regulations. GW’s Title IX Office and Office of Advocacy and...
08/26/2020

The US Department of Education recently issued new Title IX regulations. GW’s Title IX Office and Office of Advocacy and Support remain committed to supporting students throughout this process. You can find more information on this here: https://bit.ly/3aTcvr8.
Information on available support can be found on their respective websites.

We have compiled a growing list of resources in our newsletter related to the intersections of gender and COVID-19. You ...
08/25/2020

We have compiled a growing list of resources in our newsletter related to the intersections of gender and COVID-19. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2MhWbXO

08/21/2020
South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network

Happening now: Ending Cycle of Violence: Support for Women’s Civil Society Organizations

Ending Cycle of Violence: Support for Women’s Civil Society Organizations

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08/20/2020
Updates from GWI: August 20, 2020

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August 20, 2020 COVID-19 Resources We have compiled a growing list of resources in our newsletter related to the intersections of gender and COVID-19. We will continue to update that list which you can find here. Below we have provided resources as it pertains to the GW Community. If you would like....

Tomorrow 9am EST! Be sure to register for this event to learn more about how to build and strengthen partner relations t...
08/20/2020
Ending Cycle of Violence: Support for Women Peacemakers in South Sudan

Tomorrow 9am EST! Be sure to register for this event to learn more about how to build and strengthen partner relations to address violence against women: https://bit.ly/3g5Q5UG

The event will bring together outstanding women peacemakers from South Sudan, Pakistan, Israel, the Unites States , international peace funders, and institutions that are working on women's peace and security, to discuss how to build and strengthen partnership relationships.

GWI is proud to work with partners and colleagues to address #VAWG in conflict and humanitarian settings, and empower wo...
08/19/2020

GWI is proud to work with partners and colleagues to address #VAWG in conflict and humanitarian settings, and empower women and girls globally. Learn more about our work at https://globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu/conflict-crisis #WorldHumanitarianDay #EVAWG

Friday 9am EST! Don´t forget to register for this event to learn more about how to build and strengthen partner relation...
08/19/2020
Ending Cycle of Violence: Support for Women Peacemakers in South Sudan

Friday 9am EST! Don´t forget to register for this event to learn more about how to build and strengthen partner relations to address violence against women: https://bit.ly/3g5Q5UG

The event will bring together outstanding women peacemakers from South Sudan, Pakistan, Israel, the Unites States , international peace funders, and institutions that are working on women's peace and security, to discuss how to build and strengthen partnership relationships.

New guest entry on GWI blog from Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura! ‘Report It! Stop It!’ is a free app by the Flone Initia...
08/19/2020

New guest entry on GWI blog from Sarah Dickins and Naomi Mwaura! ‘Report It! Stop It!’ is a free app by the Flone Initiative for anyone who survives or sees violence to share their experiences in Kenya. Read more about it here: https://bit.ly/2Q6Juif. By allowing users to pin incidents on a geomap of public transport routes, providers and related spaces, the app visually tracks the hotspots of violence across Kenya so that individuals can make safer travel choices. Another objective of the app is to inform public policy-makers, think tanks and other civil society partners on #GBV trends across Kenya, with a view to shape more effective laws, policies and interventions nationwide.
#ReportItStopIt #RISIApp #SafetyFirst #EndGBV

On July 22, @GlobalWomensInstitute Research Scientist Alina Potts participated in the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream webi...
08/18/2020

On July 22, @GlobalWomensInstitute Research Scientist Alina Potts participated in the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream webinar series hosted by the Women's Refugee Commission and CARE for a conversation on #gendercash: how can aid groups and communities reduce #GBV risks in #cash and #voucher assistance for women and girls. “The positive impacts of cash transfers/the distribution of cash #aid is most noticeable when accompanied by complimentary activities that are gender sensitive such as proper staff training, counseling #GBV resources, etc” said @alina_potts while sharing findings from #EmpoweredAid. Syrian women & girl #refugees engaged in #EmpoweredAid #Lebanon stated a preference for cash assistance, while also highlighting how accessing it can present #SEA risks & how to better prevent this. Read more in our findings brief for #cash & #voucher #aid: https://bit.ly/2Y7RPXg and watch the full recording of the webinar here Watch the full recording here: https://youtu.be/htmeuBsK4is #PSEA

This Friday, August 21st 9am EST! The South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network in collaboration with GWI, with support fr...
08/17/2020

This Friday, August 21st 9am EST! The South Sudan Women's Empowerment Network in collaboration with GWI, with support from Kroc Institute for Justice & Peace at the University of San Diego, will host a virtual event that brings together outstanding women peacemakers from South Sudan, Pakistan, Israel, the United States, as well as international peace funders and institutions that are working on women's peace and security. They will discuss how to build and strengthen partner relations to address violence against women. Register here and join us: https://bit.ly/3g5Q5UG

08/14/2020
Devastation in Beirut: Lebanese women and children need your support

KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation is a leading women's rights organization in #Beirut, #Lebanon and one of our #EmpoweredAid partners. KAFA urgently needs your support for their life-saving #relief efforts. ​In the aftermath of the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, ​KAFA has been on the #frontlines tirelessly providing critical services to the women and families they serve. Donor Direct Action are regranting to KAFA 100% of funds raised through this link - https://bit.ly/3gW8QLC
#BeirutExplosion #BeirutBlast #Donate #WomensRights #FrontlineWomen #WomensFunds #FundingforWomen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnCcIF1K3Pk&feature=youtu.be

An enormous explosion struck Beirut on August 4, 2020 affecting thousands of people. KAFA a leading women's rights organization in Beirut that is strong and ...

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08/13/2020
Updates from GWI: August 13, 2020

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August 13, 2020 Statement of Solidarity for those affected by the tragic explosions in Lebanon Our hearts are heavy after the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last week. This comes at a particularly challenging time, as the country has faced severe political and financial crises over the last t...

Following the explosion in #Beirut, our #EmpoweredAid partner Abaad has identified priorities to help alleviate the impa...
08/13/2020

Following the explosion in #Beirut, our #EmpoweredAid partner Abaad has identified priorities to help alleviate the impacts of the economic crisis in #Lebanon and ensure provision of life-saving services to those affected by the explosion. Find more about their plan and how to donate!

08/12/2020
301 Moved Permanently

In #Lebanon and beyond, world leaders must shift more money, power, and support to local women-focused civil society organizations in crisis responses. More in these policy recommendations: https://bit.ly/3gQCbXP #Humanitarian4Her #BeirutExplosion #BeirutBlasts

The Global Women's Institute would like to congratulate GWI Leadership Council member, Brisa De Angulo. After 20 years o...
08/11/2020
An Important Step Toward Accountability for Sexual Violence in Bolivia and Beyond

The Global Women's Institute would like to congratulate GWI Leadership Council member, Brisa De Angulo. After 20 years of fighting for access to justice as a survivor of sexual violence, her case was accepted by the Inter-American Court. A positive outcome in this case could set a legal precedent not only in Bolivia, but throughout the Americas.

You can read more on Brisa's story here: https://bit.ly/2DQAxXz. Brisa founded A Breeze of Hope Foundation which exists to provide free legal, social, and psychological services to victims of sexual violence, to eradicate sexual violence through transdisciplinary prevention strategies, and to foster a society that encourages healthy and comprehensive childhood development. You can find more information on A Breeze of Hope at https://bit.ly/3gMegbJ

Brisa didn’t get justice when she was raped as a teen. Now, almost 20 years later, her case could set a legal precedent in Bolivia and for the Americas.

New Article: Co-authored by GWI Research Scientist Maureen Murphy, this paper explores how adolescent and household atti...
08/10/2020

New Article: Co-authored by GWI Research Scientist Maureen Murphy, this paper explores how adolescent and household attitudes and community-level gender norms influence experiences of violence among young adolescents in #Ethiopia, using data from the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence study: https://bit.ly/2XO5NNN

As possible within your means, we encourage you to follow the links below to donate, and spread the word so that others ...
08/07/2020

As possible within your means, we encourage you to follow the links below to donate, and spread the word so that others know how to help rebuild Lebanon. The below organizations have been shared by our partners in Lebanon and/or are organizations that our staff have previous experience working with:

Lebanon Crisis Carrd https://lebanoncrisis.carrd.co/

We will continue to update this list here: https://bit.ly/2C9e6w5

#Lebanon #Beirut #SaveLebanon #HelpLebanonClick here to read our message of solidarity and for a list of organizations t...
08/07/2020

#Lebanon #Beirut #SaveLebanon #HelpLebanon
Click here to read our message of solidarity and for a list of organizations that you can donate to: https://bit.ly/2C9e6w5
Click here to read the The Arab Institute for Women - AiW’s statement: https://bit.ly/3gEqV0x

This is an uncertain time for all of our children, especially when it comes to their education and what school will look...
08/07/2020

This is an uncertain time for all of our children, especially when it comes to their education and what school will look like in the months ahead. Sadly, for many girls around the world, the question isn’t when they will return to school—it’s if they will return at all. Due to ripple effects from COVID-19, experts predict that tens of millions more adolescent girls could remain out of school forever.

We can’t let these girls be left behind. Read about how we can all support them in a new op-ed by Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates Then take action with the Girls Opportunity Alliance today at gofundme.com/girlsopportunityalliance to ensure that girls can continue to pursue their education and their dreams—because when girls get the education they deserve, our whole world benefits.

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08/06/2020
Updates from GWI: August 6, 2020

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August 6, 2020 Congratulations to GWI Leadership Member Brisa De Angulo The Global Women's Institute would like to congratulate GWI Leadership Council member, Brisa De Angulo. After 20 years of fighting for access to justice as a survivor of sexual violence, her case was accepted by the Inter-Americ...

Collecting data on experiences of #VAW requires careful attention to ethical and safety concerns throughout the research...
08/05/2020

Collecting data on experiences of #VAW requires careful attention to ethical and safety concerns throughout the research process. The considerations for ‘Putting women first’ are relevant and magnified in the #COVID19 context. Learn more in this part 1 of this @unicef blog: https://bit.ly/3f5PtOq

Conservative governments around the world are looking to withdraw from the #IstanbulConvention. What is the #IstanbulCon...
08/04/2020

Conservative governments around the world are looking to withdraw from the #IstanbulConvention. What is the #IstanbulConvention and why is it so important for protecting women and girls from #VAWG?

Raising Voices launched SASA! Together, a revision of the #SASA! Activist Kit for Preventing #VAWG and #HIV in February ...
08/03/2020

Raising Voices launched SASA! Together, a revision of the #SASA! Activist Kit for Preventing #VAWG and #HIV in February 2020. They are now assessing the feasibility of moving forward with SASA! Together partnerships during 2020 with a simple 10 minute survey. If your organization is considering using SASA! Together and interested in a technical assistance partnership with Raising Voices, please complete this survey https://bit.ly/30lelNZ by 14th August 2020. You can learn more about the partnership here: https://bit.ly/3fmf5qb

Listen to the @UNICEF #GBViE podcast series discuss the effects of #COVID19 on #GBV. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3g3...
07/31/2020
UNICEF: UNICEF Gender Based Violence Initiative / Episode 1

Listen to the @UNICEF #GBViE podcast series discuss the effects of #COVID19 on #GBV. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3g3fSOc

In this 1st episode of the UNICEF GBViE podcast series, Caroline Masboungi interviews Dorcas Erskine, Senior consultant with UNICEF GBViE team. They talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects GBV response services and the capacity of women and girls to reach out for help. As countries across the g...

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07/30/2020
Updates from GWI: July 30, 2020

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July 30, 2020 Congratulations to GWI Leadership Member Brisa De Angulo The Global Women's Institute would like to congratulate GWI Leadership Council member, Brisa De Angulo. After 20 years of fighting for access to justice as a survivor of sexual violence, her case was accepted by the Inter-America...

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07/29/2020

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Early Relationships Overtime Study (LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS) Are you interested in participating in a study about early relationships over time? We are seeking BOTH members of romantic couples to fill out our confidential online daily survey on relationship interactions and sexuality for 1.5 years (~60 mins per survey; 7 surveys). In order to be eligible, you must: Be 25+ years old Have been in a relationship with your partner for 6-12 months Be sexually active in your current relationship Reside in Canada or the United States Live geographically close to your partner Be able to read and understand English Have daily access to a computer with internet Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other the outset of the study, then complete 6 additional surveys over the course of 1.5 years Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other. Each partner will be compensated up to $105 ($84 USD) in Amazon, Best Buy, or Starbucks for completing all parts of the study. You will receive $15 ($12 USD) for completing each survey. To participate in the study, or find out more, please email us at [email protected] about the “Early Relationships Overtime Study” or EROS. This study is conducted through York University and has been approved by our Research Ethics Board. *This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations. Thank you in advance for your interest in our research!
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Torah Bontrager Torah Bontrager 7 hrs · URGENT / SPECIAL REQUEST: I'm involved in an Amish sexual assault case in which the Amish adult who is on the side of the victim is being threatened by the bishop and other baptized members of the community who are on the side of the rapist. I can't give out too many details yet; suffice to say, it's nearly unheard of for an Amish adult to stand up for the victim and stand their ground against the clergy and other members of the community. - ___________ For anyone reading this, I'm asking for written words of support and encouragement to send to the person who's standing up for the victim. It would go a loooong way for them to hear that there are people in the world who support them and to not give up. This is a beyond incredibly hard battle they're fighting. Words cannot convey how difficult this is. 1. Write a line of support on a piece of paper 2. Take a photo of it and PM it to me 3. I'll print your notes out and deliver them to the person standing up for the victim 4. OR just write a note to me (as a PM) and I'll include your message in the print out. I've attached a list of words/phrases/sentences to choose from, or just write your own. ________ - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP. This will go a loooong way to strengthen the courage and resolve of the person who is on the side of the victim. They're fighting against 300+ years of institutional sexual abuse, sanctioned by the Amish Church. I never thought I'd ever see this kind of response from someone inside the church except maaaybe on my death bed.
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Que continues cosechando exitos, querida Mary. Reconociendo tu tesón y capacidades. Abrazos