Kudos to Professor Jane Henrici

August 31st, 2015

janeGW Professor, Jane Henrici, was recently interviewed for her report on low-income black women from New Orleans post-Katrina. 

Follow this link to listen to her radio interview.

Follow this link to read publicity around the interview.

Follow this link to read her report.



Org Spotlight: MoolaHoop

August 27th, 2015



MoolaHoop is an organization for female entrepreneurs looking to raise money for their small businesses. In return for funding their business, entrepreneurs offers deals and incentives to their supporters. Projects for funding on the site include saving a New York City theater, launching a new yoga studio in San Diego, and restoring funding to a flooded restaurant after Hurricane Sandy.

MoolaHoop, which launched in July 2013, has already helped nine entrepreneurs reach their $100,000 goal and acquired another small-business crowd-funding site.


Article of Note

August 24th, 2015

Women’s Rights Movements during Political Transitions: Activism against Public Sexual Violence in Egypt

by Vickie Langohr 

journalThe most famous demand raised by protesters in the “Arab Spring” was “al-shaʿb/yurīd/isqāṭ al-niẓām” (the people/want /the fall of the regime). Three years later, little progress has been made—outside of Tunisia—in permanently replacing authoritarian regimes with the formal institutions of democracy. However, new forms of activism have emerged that increase citizens’ ability to directly combat pervasive social problems and to successfully pressure official institutions to alter policies. The evolution of activism against public sexual violence in post-Mubarak Egypt is a concrete example. Sexual harassment of women on the streets and in public transportation, widespread before the 25 January uprising, has likely since increased.1 Many women have been subjected to vicious sexual assault at political protests over the last three years. But activism against these threats has also expanded in ways unimaginable during the Mubarak era. Groups of male and female activists in their twenties and early thirties exhort bystanders on the streets to intervene when they witness harassment, and intervene themselves. Satellite TV programs have extensively covered public sexual violence, directly challenging officials for their failure to combat it while featuring the work of antiharassment and antiassault groups in a positive light. These new practices facilitated two concrete changes in the summer of 2014: amendments to the penal code on sexual harassment, and Cairo University’s adoption of an antiharassment policy which was developed by feminist activists.

International Journal of Middle East Studies 47(1):131-135, 2015. (not open access)

Org Spotlight: Na’amat

August 21st, 2015







Na’amat is an acronym for Nashim Ovdot U’Mitnadvot. “Working and Volunteering Women.” Na’amat is the largest women’s movement in Israel. It has a membership of 800,000 women, representing the entire spectrum of Israeli society.

The organization has 100 branches in cities, towns and settlements all over the country

It also has sister organizations in other countries whose members are part of the World Labour Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization.
In 2008, Na’amat, together with two other women’s organizations, received the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

In case you missed it

August 17th, 2015

eventOn July 30, the Global Gender Program hosted our second annual summer conference on women’s empowerment. This summer the conference entitled, Empowering Women through Political Participation and Empowering Politics through Women’s Participation, was a huge success. It opened with a keynote by Homa Hoodfar, moved through three different panels, and closed with ending remarks by Susan Markham.

The special highlight of our summer conference is always the Pakistani guests we have visiting as part of our partnership grant with the Lahore College for Women University that is funded by the State Department. Six girls came to study at the George Washington University this summer and, as can be seen in the videos, they served as active participants in the conference.

If you missed the conference, or would just like to revisit one of the sections, it is available on the Elliott School’s Web Video Initiative.

Elliott students in the field

August 17th, 2015

Nanda Ruiz
MA Candidate, International Development Studies, Gender concentration


Nanda Ruiz [Center]

I never imagined I would spend a summer in the bustling capital of Bangladesh but I admit there is something appealing about Dhaka and the absolute jolt she offers your senses. Taking an internship with iDE-Bangladesh has been a very rewarding experience. My role with iDE-B is as an internship position as Programs Associate – Gender and Market Development. As soon as I arrived I was given an opportunity to apply my past experience in a way that supported the organization and left room for me to be creative.

iDE is a development NGO focused on market based approaches to poverty alleviation. iDE uses a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P)approach to ensure inclusive development outcomes. My job was to identify spaces where gender equality could be better addressed through project interventions. My first few weeks I spent in the field speaking with beneficiaries. Working directly with people I learned so much and was able to take my insights back to the Dhaka office to add to a more robust and inclusive gender equality policy for iDE projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Org Spotlight: WOUGNET

August 17th, 2015



WOUGNET, Women of Uganda Network, began in May 2000 by women’s organisations from Uganda. WOUGNET’s mission is to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies by women organisations as well as individuals, so as to improve the conditions of life for Ugandan women, by enhancing their capacities and opportunities for exchange, collaboration and information sharing.

Primarily, WOUGNET focuses on using mobile phones, e-mail and the web, and is interested in the integration of “traditional means” such as radio, video, and print in a way that it enables wider outreach.

Article of Note

August 15th, 2015

Beyond Strategic Rape and Between the Public and Private: Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict

by Aisling Swaine

Human_rights_quarterlyThis study gets to the heart of examining what counts as conflict-related gender violence under international law. Using empirical research from Liberia, Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste, the study specifically explores and explains variance beyond strategic sexualized violence employed in some conflicts, to analyze the ways that private individualistic violence is influenced by conflict across the three case studies. Proposing a set of variables as possible determinants of wide-ranging forms of violence, the study proposes that on a continuum of “political public violence” to “endemic private violence,” there are forms of violence that may sit somewhere “in-between.” The analysis queries where this “in-between”’ violence should fit in the thresholds provided by law and what consideration should be given to the political and private violence nexus that the research demonstrates.

Human Rights Quarterly. Volume 37, Number 3, August 2015 
pp. 755-786  [not open access]


Kudos to Aisling Swaine

August 12th, 2015


Aisling Swaine, Professor at the George Washington University, and affiliate to the Global Gender Program recently had three works published. Professor Swaine has done tremendous work within the field of gender, conflict, and security; while also remaining a devoted professor to her students.

Her most recent works include:

Beyond Strategic Rape and Between the Public and Private: Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict, a study published in the Human Rights Quarterly

Guidebook on CEDAW general recommendation no. 30 and the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, published by UN Women 

Not Just A Handout; Moving Below and Beyond International Humanitarian Response, a policy brief utilized by the World Humanitarian Summit 


Org Spotlight: Object

August 6th, 2015



Object is an organization founded in 2003 that challenges ‘sex object culture’ – the sexual objectification of women. It is an award-winning organization that uniquely combines successful political lobbying with grassroots campaigning.

Object is currently working on a campaign called “Lose the Lads Mags” (this organization is based in the UK – hence the lads). They call on high-street retailers to lose the men’s magazines that are sexist, harmful and can breach equality law. On “Feminist Fridays” they carry out guerrilla re-branding missions to magazine outlets with prominent displays of these magazines.