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DC event recap: Scaling the Mountain

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal

scaling_mountains by Staff Contributor Camry Haskins

On Wednesday, January 7, the Wilson Center hosted the event “Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal”. Speakers included Rishi Bastakoti, Vanier Scholar, University of Calgary; Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center; Judy Oglethorpe, Chief of Party, Hariyo Ban Program, World Wildlife Fund, and A. Tianna Scozzaro, Population and Climate Associate, Population Action International. The room was filled with gender and climate professionals, as well as, Nepalese citizens.

The room was briefed on a USAID sponsored project that combined women’s reproductive choices with environmental sustainability. The project worked at a local level to look at what changes could be made by the communities of Nepal in order to combat climate change. There are many aspects of climate change that local Nepalese farmers have no control over, but that doesn’t make them helpless over their day-to-day lives. In fact it is often this title of victim that often frustrates those who have been adapting to environmental changes their entire lives. Rather than fall into victimization, this project has worked with communities in order to tackle the problems they do have control over. This has been done through reduced deforestation and increased use of family planning measures.

Deforestation creates much vulnerability including increased landslides during rainy seasons. A significant reason for high deforestation has to do with wood burning cooking methods and the high demand for wood because of large family sizes. By increasing education in climate dangers and contraceptive use, the implementers have seen a gradual change in cultural norms surrounding gender values. Where once, families would continue to grow until a son or even two were born, more families are now valuing having no more than two children even when both are daughters.

Population control coupled with implementation of non-wood burning cook stoves and changing farming methods combine to reduce the environmental degradation in Nepal. This project has not been without obstacles, but overall it has shown much success.  The coordinated group of actors anticipates continued progress moving forward.


To learn more about this project click here or watch the video.

Event at Harvard University: From the Frontlines: Women Battle War

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Join us in person or watch online.

The Institute of Politics, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership and the Women and Public Policy Program present

From the Frontlines: Women Battle War

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:00pm — 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Where: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 1st Floor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

*The event is open to the public.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #wagingpeace.

unnamedSuraya Pakzad of Afghanistan speaks at the 2014 JFK Jr. Forum, “Can Women Stop War?,” alongside Irene Santiago of The Philippines and Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana of Rwanda. The event was moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt (far left) and also featured women leaders from Colombia and Syria.

Across the globe, women are mobilizing against the violence and insecurity tearing apart their communities and nations. In Syria, they are standing up to the advance of the Islamic State. When tribes clash in Kenya or Nigeria, they are the first to say “Enough.” Facing grave risks, women make peace stick by bridging ruinous divides.

For the 16th annual forum in this “Inclusive Security” series, join senior government and civil society leaders as they speak about their experiences preventing violence, ending conflict, and defying extremism. Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, will moderate the discussion with experts from Brazil, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.

The Institute for Inclusive Security
1615 M Street NW
Suite 850
Washington, DC 20036

DC event

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Scaling the Mountain: Women, Health, and the Environment in Nepal

January 07, 2015 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program
Asia Program

In the foothills of Nepal, extreme deforestation has pushed many rural communities onto marginal lands. A growing population and the impacts of climate change are increasing the challenges these communities face. Efforts to increase the resilience of communities have found success by integrating traditionally separate development objectives, like natural resource management and health care, under one program.

Join us for a discussion about two of these efforts with Judy Oglethorpe of WWF’s Hariyo Ban Program, which is working to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal by empowering local communities through sound conservation and livelihood approaches, and Rishi Bastakoti, who will discuss his work with RIMS Nepal, a project highlighted in the recent ECSP film,Scaling the Mountain, which combines conservation efforts with reproductive health services. Following the presentations, A. Tianna Scozzaro, population and climate associate at Population Action International, will talk about how these and other population, health, and environment (PHE) projects offer an opportunity for the reproductive health and climate change adaptation sectors to work together to improve people’s lives.

Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date).

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Media guests, including TV crews, are welcome and should RSVP directly to Media bringing heavy electronics MUST indicate this in their response so they may be cleared through our

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Event Speakers List:
  • Chief of Party, Hariyo Ban Program, World Wildlife Fund
  • Population and Climate Associate, Population Action International

Event: 2015 FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender

Friday, December 12th, 2014

When: October 23-24, 2015
Where: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Gender and related areas, from biological, cultural, and social or environmental perspectives. Learn more here.

Sari van Anders, Arthur Arnold, Tom Boellstorff, Lisa Diamond, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Daniel Fessler, Matthew Gutmann, Gilbert Herdt, Melissa Hines, Kathy Huang, Marcia Inhorn, Hillard Kaplan, Robert Lemelson, Michael Peletz, Sarah Richardson, James Rilling, Alice Wexler, Carol Worthman


EARLY Registration ENDS on June 30, 2015

*Online registration for general public only. All others (Current Students/ University of California Faculty+Staff/International Customers/Conference Scholarships) must register by MAIL/FAX/IN PERSON to UCLA Central Ticket Office windows.

Event Recap: A Call to Action on Violence Against Women and Girls

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A Call to Action on Violence Against Women and Girls—The US Launch of the Lancet Series on Violence Against Women and Girls

by Staff Contributor Camry Haskins

On the seventh day of 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence, the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at George Washington University hosted the US launch of the Lancet Series on Violence Against Women and Girls. The launch opened with the Call to Action followed up by two
panel discussions. The first panel focused on evidence while the second looked at lessons from practice.

Panel one: Prevention of VAWG:
What Does the Evidence Say?

Panel one centered on the research and findings by Mary Ellsberg, Director of GWI, and her team. Ms. Ellsberg was joined by Dr. Lori Heise, Director of the Centre on Gender, Violence and Health and James Tielsch, Chair of the Department of Global Health at the Milken institute School of Public Health. One of their biggest findings was that there is a shortage of research. What research has been conducted is mainly skewed toward high-income countries. When compiling what data there is, it becomes clear that there are
different tendencies for violence at all levels of society. And the percentage of gender-based violence (GBV) can differ between 2 percent and 70 percent depending on location. The fact that the percentages differ so greatly creates hope
that we can greatly reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG). The first panel closed with remarks on what they hoped the future focus would be in regards to VAWG. overall, the consensus was on a push for convergence of research, increased interest in valuations of programs, and increased testing of studies and strategies.

Panel two: Prevention of VAWG:
Lessons from Practice

Lori Michau, Co-founder of Raising Voices and Amy Bank, Co-Founder of Puntos de Encuentro represented their team who put an article together that looked at GBV from the perspective of practice over academics. Rajiv Rimal, Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, joined them. Their panel focused heavily on norms and tactics for communicating with communities whose norms supported, or at least did not outlaw, violence against women. Short videos helped to illustrate the change that was taking place in the communities they were working in. They stressed the importance of inclusive projects that educated men and women, as well as, boys and girls. Their take-aways focused on merging the academic world with practice in order to increase the flow of information and prevent bad practices from continuing do to lack of knowledge.

The launch closed with a sense of hope for the future. There is still a lot of work to do, but it is not an impossible endeavor.

Go to GWToday to read more!

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Friday, November 21st, 2014



Tuesday, November 25, marks the 14 year anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day commemorates the lives of the three Mirabel sisters who were assassinated for their political activism against the Dominican Republic dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo on November 25, 1960. In their home country of the Dominican Republic they are recognized as national martyrs, and in December of 1999, the United Nations decided that their cause deserved yearly commemoration.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women kicks off the yearly 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The 16 days end on December 10, of each year which falls on International Human Rights Day. This year’s theme, Orange the World in 16 Days, is tied into the UN’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which has designated the 25th of each month as Orange Day. Wearing orange on the 25th, is an opportunity to show support for this campaign to end the violence that affects 1 in 3 women around the world.

Events are taking place around the world to advance the mission of eradicating gender based violence. In Washington DC, on December 3, there will be two events in honor of this activism. The first of the two will be held at George Washington University, and will be a launch of the Lancet edition dedicated to violence against women. Later in the day a second event will take place at the World Bank Group, launching a Multisectoral Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide.

Stay involved through twitter using #orangeurworld and #16days. The Global Gender Program will post more events as they come up, in an effort to spread the word and combat gender based violence. If you are not yet subscribed to our newsletter, subscribe here.

DC event: Improving Global Health Through Clean Cooking Solutions: A Panel Discussion of Diverse Perspectives

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

When: Monday, November 24th, 2014, 12:30pm*
Where: 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Room B100B

Exposure to smoke from cooking with solid fuels kills more than 4 million people, predominately in the developing world, each year according to the World Health Organization. This event will feature a panel of experts discussing clean cooking solutions and their ability to lead to improvements in health, environment and the livelihoods of women and children. It will conclude with a demonstration of the newest biomass stoves developed by Aprovecho Research Center.


  • Jacob Moss – United States Government Cookstove Coordinator, Department of State
  • Ranyee Chiang – Director of Standards, Technology and Fuels, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • James Tielsch – Chair of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Dean Still – Executive Director, Aprovecho Research Center

*A light lunch will be provided at 12pm

All are welcome to attend – RSVPS strongly encouraged.
Please RSVP to Kallista Bernal at

Event Recap: Designing Global Measures for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Monday, November 17th, 2014

By student contributor Laura Kilburylinda scott

Many benefits are expected to ensue from programs for women. Professor Linda Scott from the University of Oxford addressed the challenges she has observed in trying to design programs and measurements for women’s empowerment at the “Designing Global Measures for Women’s Economic Empowerment” hosted by The World Bank Group Gender Team and SME Finance Forum. Professor Scott has been involved in many impressive efforts to create and evaluate support systems for female entrepreneurs. These experiences have given her a distinguished perspective on the state of affairs in women’s entrepreneurship support.

In her discussion, Professor Scott discussed the challenges of measuring the actual results of programs focused on women’s empowerment. For Scott, thinking critically about women’s entrepreneurship in developing and developed countries holds positive implications for family wellbeing, community viability, and national prosperity. Facilitating women’s entrepreneurship is a tactic for economic development as it produces a “ripple effect” that manifests in a greater trajectory than just focusing on men’s incomes. Scott supports this statement by pointing out that in the community, women invest their earnings in children and the community itself, which then produces a greater and more significant change. Scott also focused on private sector efforts, which includes her work building the measurement system for Walmart’s Empowering Women Together program.

Walmart’s Empowering Women Together holds the intention to assist women entrepreneurs at an early stage in their career development by facilitating a point of entry and access to a broader base of consumers, which is the “Walmart shopper.” The program is still small, in terms of the number of entrepreneurs it is connection and engagement with, but it is working within thirteen countries on four continents, so it has upward mobility potential thus far. These small companies constructed by women entrepreneurs involve a wide range of industries and products, such as jewelry and fashion. Many of the companies are social enterprises that are organized to benefit at-risk employee populations, such as refugees and recovering drug addicts. All these aspects make the system unique as Professor Scott highlights that no one else has attempted to capture the design measures that will work to assess impact and diagnose problems for women-owned businesses in any industry, any place, for any group of women.

Professor Scott’s discussion focused on the need for more attention to be focused upon the restrictions attributable to gender in the planning, management, and evaluation of interventions and particularly the need to recognize national differences in the constraints on women. She touched on the tendency of those who pursue this agenda,  to treat women’s entrepreneurship as if it were any regular business venture without taking the time to properly consider the concrete limits that gender norms put on women’s ability to build an enterprise. As Scott pointed out, anyone that wants to make a difference in empowering women must learn to look through a “gender lens”. The primary limits she highlighted were: biased financial systems, restrictive property rights, limits on mobility, and, most significant, the threat of violence.

DC Event Update: A Time To Act – Combating Sexual Violence in Syria and Iraq

Friday, November 7th, 2014

time_to_actAisling Swaine Jan 2014





We all have busy schedules, which at times prevent us from attending timely and thought-provoking events. If that happened to you last week when George Washington University’s own, Professor Aisling Swaine, was speaking on a panel regarding sexual violence in Syria and Iraq, there is an opportunity to get caught up. To watch the taping of the event, follow this link.

Combating Sexual Violence in Syria and Iraq was hosted by the American Red Cross Humanitarian Law team in partnership with the Global Gender Program.

DC event: Society for International Development honors Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Friday, October 31st, 2014

unnamedWhen: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Where: Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Cocktail Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dinner Program: 6:50 – 9:00 PM

On Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, the Washington, DC Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID-Washington) will hold its annual Gala Dinner. This year, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, will receive the SID-Washington Award for Leadership in Development for her considerable achievements in international development.

Ambassador Verveer’s contributions to the field are many, including her service as the first US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. She was also a major driver of incorporating gender equality and women’s empowerment into US development policy during the first term of the Obama administration at the State Department, and helped to redefine how we view development – empowering marginalized populations such as women, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and ethnic/religious minorities.

Alyse Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, will participate as a tribute speaker. Other speakers are to be determined. We anticipate a broad based attendance, representing a diverse constituency of non-governmental organizations, development consulting firms, government agencies, multilateral institutions,universities, and individuals actively engaged in the field of international development. We hope you can join us!

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Annual Dinner, please click here. For more information about this event, please email or call (202) 331- 1317.