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Insider/Outsider: My map of Caribbean, Gender, and Women’s Studies

Friday, February 12th, 2016

You’re invited to a co-sponsored roundtable discussion:

Insider/Outsider: My map of Caribbean, Gender, and Women’s Studies


February 17, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
1957 E Street NW, 5th Floor, 501 Conference Room

The Global Gender Program
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052


The Global Gender Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Women’s Studies Department of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences are hosting a lunch roundtable discussion with Dr. A. Lynn Bolles.

Dr. Bolles is a professor at Maryland University. Her research focuses on women, organized labor, and gender relations in globalization particularly in the African Diaspora concentrating in the Caribbean, Latin America and the US. She has published several books on Caribbean women: We Paid Our Dues: Women Trade Union Leaders in the Caribbean (1996); Sister Jamaica: A Study of Women, Work and Households in Kingston (1996).

Dr. Bolles will share her experience working on feminisms in the Caribbean during this roundtable, lunch discussion.

Please RSVP


ASK DC & SASA Valentine’s Pizza Party

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
GGP is co-sponsoring an event that is taking place tonight, Wednesday, February 10th
The party will start at 5:30 pm and go until 7:00 pm, taking place in GW’s Shenkman Common Room
Come celebrate the Valentine season with the Global Gender ProgramASK DC, Loveisrespect, Men Can Stop Rape, and SASA! Come together tonight to talk about healthy relationships, spread community love, and learn more about the resources ASK DC offers! Join us for some fun with pizza, games, an a cappella performance from The GW Pitches, prizes, and special guests from the broader DC anti-violence community! Come for the fun and food, stay for the friends.
Find out more by going to SASA’s Facebook page!

Electing a Woman UN Secretary-General

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

 You’re invited to a co-sponsored event on:

The Nomination and Election Process of the Next UN Secretary-General

February 11, 2016
5:00-7:00 pm
1957 E Street NW, 6th Floor, Lindner Family Commons

The Global Gender Program
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
Washington, DC  20052

Opening Remarks

Professor Aisling Swaine
Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

WIIS, GW’s Global Gender Program, and the “Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General” of City College’s Colin Powell School invite you to a roundtable discussion with:

Ms. Gillian Sorensen
former UN Assistant Secretary General

Dr. Jean Krasno
Campaign Chair, Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General

Ms. Shazia Rafi
former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action

Moderated by

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women in International Security

As the time to elect a new UN Secretary-General nears, there is a growing demand from UN member states not only to make the process more transparent and inclusive but also to have a woman leader assume the role. Indeed, in 70 years the UN has never openly considered a woman as its Secretary-General. The President of the 70th UN’s General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft in outlining the new process for the election said that for the first time in UN history the entire UN membership will be included in the selection process. He also said that there is a “strong wish” from many UN member states to have a woman Secretary-General and reminded UN member states that the commonly used excuse that there “are no qualified female candidates” is unacceptable.

Please RSVP here



Videos now available! International Forum for Women’s Food Leadership

Monday, February 8th, 2016
guest post by Marlene Stearns
Women Food Leaders (from left to right): Buky Williams, Marlene Stearns, Susana Chavez Villalobos, Grace Mena, Monica Lozano Luque, Yiver Vargas, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Catherine Krobo-Edusei Benson, Dr. Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie, Randa Filfili, Dinnah Kapiza, Mama Cristina Kaba, and Sharon Againe [photo credit: Noel St. John]

Women Food Leaders (from left to right): Buky Williams, Marlene Stearns, Susana Chavez Villalobos, Grace Mena, Monica Lozano Luque, Yiver Vargas, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Catherine Krobo-Edusei Benson, Dr. Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie, Randa Filfili, Dinnah Kapiza, Mama Cristina Kaba, and Sharon Againe [photo credit: Noel St. John]

On Oct. 27-28, 2016, the Women’s Food Leadership Initiative and GW’s Global Gender Program held the International Forum for Women’s Food Leadership in the Global South. Nearly 300 women came together to share strategies for overcoming business challenges in the food and agricultural sectors. Panels featured successful agribusiness founders, CEOs, policymakers, researchers, professionals, and faculty from the United States, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia.
The event Keynote Speakers included Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Founder & CEO of Eden Tree, Ltd, in Accra, Ghana,Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at GW in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of State,Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Washington, D.C., and Catherine Gill, Vice President of Operations at Root Capital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Among the speakers were agribusiness entrepreneurs from the Global South whose impact inspired the creation of the Women’s Food Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization working to increase the number of women leaders in the food and agricultural sectors of the Global South. The featured entrepreneurs included Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie, Founder & CEO, Ecological Products (Ethiopia), Sharon Againe, Founder & CEO,  Agasha Group Limited (Uganda), Grace Mena, Founder & President, Deli-Café, S.A. (Costa Rica), Yiver Vargas, Owner, St. Lucia Specialty Coffee Farm, (Colombia), Susana Chaves Villalobos, Founder, IBS Soluciones Verdes (Costa Rica), Randa Filfili,CEO, Zena Exotic Fruits, Sarl (Senegal), Monica Lozano Luque, Founder, Sea Soil, S.A.(Colombia), Dinnah Kapiza, Founder & CEO, Tisaiwale Trading (Malawi), Tenjiwe Cristina Kaba, Executive Director, Abalimi & Founder, Harvest of Hope (South Africa).
Videos from the two-day conference are now up online. To check them out please click here.

“Tall as the Baobab Tree” brings hope while highlighting what problems still exist

Monday, February 1st, 2016

by staff contributor Camry Haskins

Baobab_Homepage-revised-3_13On Thursday, January 28, the Global Gender Program (GGP) hosted an informal film screening of “Tall as the Baobab Tree”. The GGP team was joined by 25 individuals from organizations throughout DC in this lunchtime screening.

The film followed the story of a young Senegalese girl who discovered her younger sister was to be married off in order to bring money into the family to pay off medical bills. It followed her quest to secretly earn enough money to change her father’s mind. The film highlighted the countries legal system that barred child marriage, while also emphasizing the power that traditional systems still possess. Coumba, the heroine of the story, entreats her old school teacher for advice but is not willing to turn in her parents for breaking national law.


GGP film screening: Tall as the Baobab Tree

Friday, January 15th, 2016
 The Global Gender Program and the Africa Working Group present:
Tall as the Baobab Tree
When: Thursday, January 28, 12:30-2:15 pm
Who: GGP and AWG
Where: 1957 E St. NW, Washington DC
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

“In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A powerful voice from Africa’s young generation, Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing at the outer edge of the modern world… where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white.”

To learn more about the film click here.

To check out our even posting on the GGP website click here.



A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

RSVP here

Online with Professor Aisling Swaine

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

by staff contributor Camry Haskins

Aisling Swaine Jan 2014Tune in on Tuesday to hear, professor Aisling Swaine, and others, discuss National Action Plans. What are they and how they can help to increase implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. This event is specifically looking at these issues from an African context. For anyone who knows professor Swaine, you know that she is an expert in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. She works at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she teaches four courses a year.

In the Fall she leads an undergraduate course, “Women, Rights, and Gender Equality”, and a graduate course, “Global Gender Policy”. She follows those courses up in the Spring with an undergraduate course, “Gender and Conflict”, and a graduate course, “Gender, War and Peace”.

In Tuesday’s webinar, National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security: What is the experience on the ground?, they will discuss whether National Action Plans are useful tools or only serve a superficial purpose. We are all eager to hear where professor Swaine stands and what prospects she sees for National Action Plans in Africa’s future.


What women want, what women need: Female leadership in East Asia

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

by staff contributor Camry Haskins

east asiaOn Tuesday, December 15, the Asia Program at the Wilson Center put on an event titled, “What Women Want, What Women Need: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Leaders and Executives in East Asia”. This event was paneled by four women representing a host of organizations and different countries throughout East Asia. Wenchi Yu is the Asia Pacific head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs. Junko Tanaka is the Washington Bureau Chief at NHK. Jamie Younghee Sheen is the Founder and CEO of naisA Global. And finally, Doris Chang is an Associate professor of women’s studies at Wichita State University. Together the narrative was varied and telling of what East Asian women are facing today.

The discussion started out by highlighting the benefits of women in leadership roles, such as how increasing women can add trillions of dollars to global GDP. They also discussed the number of East Asian countries that had elected female heads of State, with Japan likely to be the next. And though, 2016 is said to be the year of women’s leadership in East Asia, there are still many areas that could use improvement.


Engaging men and boys: Partners to reach gender equality

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

by staff contributor Camry Haskins

US-Official-PeaceCorps-Logo.svgOn Tuesday, December 15, the Peace Corps office in Washington, D.C. hosted an event entitled “Engaging men and boys: Partners to reach gender equality”. This event had speakers discussing the role of men and boys from Armenia, to The Gambia, Croatia, and the United States of America. Though aspects of their stories differed, the constant that did not alter was the importance of including men within gender in ways that will both improve their own lives while also helping to reach gender equality for women.

In Armenia, a Peace Corps employee helped to start an all girls soccer team. She overcame the obstacles of boys who weren’t supportive by empowering the girls to reach out in their own way. The girls brought the boys in as referees for the game. This allowed the boys to feel a part of the action and soon they were rooting for the girls on the sidelines. Girls were given the power to problem solve, and boys were made into a positive force rather than a barrier.


Women and water: barriers and advancements in Central and South Asia

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

by staff contributor Camry Haskins


[from left to right] Marcus King, Marlene Laruelle, Sean Roberts, Deepa Ollapally, and Barbara Miller

On Friday, December 11, GGP co-hosted an event, entitled “Women and Water in Central Asia and South Asia: Building a Sustainable Future”. This event had a number of highlights, including: spotlighting organizations working on the ground, showcasing a film, and releasing the project’s Final Policy Report. GGP’s Director, Barbara Miller, spoke on the first panel discussing a paper that she co-wrote with Marlene Stearns (Founding Director, Women’s Food Leadership Initiative), entitled Women, Water and Food Security: Lessons from the Global South.

The second panel had an impressive line up of organizations based in Central and South Asia. Conversations focused on simple mechanisms for healthier living, including: composting toilets, water harvesting, and the Tippy Tap. Tippy Taps are easy to construct hands-free washing stations that allow individuals to utilize sanitary facilities in extremely cost-effective ways.