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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.

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

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.

DC event: The Unfair Construction of beauty for the (Market) Beast

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Capture“Whiter Skin in 1 Week: The Unfair Construction of Beauty for the (Market) Beast,” presented by Dr. Gitiara Nasreen, Visiting Fulbright Scholar from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. We will serve light refreshments.  Free and open to public.
When: September 10, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Howard University, The Founders Library, 500 Howard Place NW, Washington, DC, 20059
The Founders Library is on the main quad of the campus and is easy to recognize by its tall clock tower that rises above all other buildings. The closest intersection is 4th Street NW, and College Street. There is 4-hour parking along 4th Street NW.  Come through the big iron gates and the Library is directly in front of you.

Women, Peace and Security: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post-Conflict Systems

Monday, August 25th, 2014

When: August 27, 2014 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Where: Women in International Security, 1111 19th St. NW, 12th floor | Washington, DC 20036

United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and international human rights and humanitarian law provide a powerful international framework for advancing gender equality and women’s rights. The key is to know and understand these principles and use them strategically.

In our recently released toolkit, Women, Peace and Security:  Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post-Conflict Systems, two international human rights lawyers examine practical measures on how to integrate international principles on gender equality and women’s rights into post-conflict legal systems. Learn more about the toolkit in an interview with Julie Arostegui, toolkit author.

Please join Women In International Security, Women’s Action for New Directions, and the U.S. Institute of Peace for a discussion of the toolkit and specific ways that all practitioners – both at the policy and grassroots levels – can use law to promote gender equality and empower women.


  • Julie L. Arostegui, J.D. – Toolkit Author; Women, Peace and Security Policy Director, Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
  • Stephenie Foster – Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Susan Markham – Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
  • Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini – Executive Director and Co-Founder, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Moderator: Kathleen Kuehnast – Director, Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

Speaking women’s rights to power

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Alison Brysk, Mellichamp professor of Global Governance in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In April, she spoke at the Elliott School on “Stopping Violence against Women.” Her talk covered a wide range of topics from honor killings to sex-selective abortion and sex trafficking of girls and women. Her presentation drew from her 2013 book, Speaking Rights to Power.

Speaking Rights to Power cover. Source: Oxford University Press.

Speaking Rights to Power cover. Source: Oxford University Press.

A foundation of her argument is that women’s rights are a category of human rights and must therefore be given similar attention. She presented basic facts and figures documenting the problem of unequal rights for girls and women around the world. She argued that girls and women live in a “climate of insecurity” that includes life in militarized contexts, refugee camps, and poverty. A new area of research is to highlight how urbanization, male youth unemployment, and political corruption are leading to high and rising rates of violence against girls and women in cities.

Beyond documenting the problems and their local dimensions, Brysk also discussed what various countries, global organizations, and civil society are doing to address violence against women. She talked about “information politics” which promotes women’s voices and self-determination by putting a human face on violence against women – “framing the claim” — and creating awareness and mobilizing support.

In conclusion, she noted that constructing political will to support women’s rights as human rights is key as well as engaging men in the campaign moving forward to change rape culture to gender justice.

Professor Brysk’s talk was sponsored by the Elliott School’s Global Gender Program through its Global Gender Forum Series. The Elliott School’s Web Video Initiative provides a taped version of the presentation.

Event Recap: A roadmap for promoting women’s economic development

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

By student contributor Andrew Elliott

When the Exxon Mobil Foundation asked Mayra Buvinic, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, what can bring women out of poverty, and if regional differences exist when confronting this problem, it inspired her to create the roadmap for promoting women’s economic development. This study, primarily conducted by Mayra Buvinic with help from co-author Markus Goldstein, sought to find the answers. Although seemingly ambitious and vague, the study’s methodological approach looked at 18 research commissions within the World Bank Group and reviewed empirical evaluations of 136 economic interventions worldwide tasked with bringing economic development to women.

Recently, it has become increasingly popular for large private corporations to show a philanthropic side. Exxon Mobil is no stranger to this, as company that invested around $60 million to development agendas.

WorldBank2.jpgMost research in the roadmap was conducted in nations with high fertility rates and large agrarian sectors. Before beginning her presentation, Buvinic prefaced the discussion by stating several hypotheses about what can bring women out of poverty. First, the very poor need more than what they have received to ensure that they truly break beyond the point of subsistence production. Second, adjustments need to be made to allow women to have more autonomy and alleviate socially-based gender roles. Autonomy has proven to be an income earner, and finding these proxies to grant women autonomy is linked to economic development. Last, when foreign governments or NGOs work abroad, the competent implementation of grants and loans is a necessity. This can be done by working with cultural norms and traditions.

Another factor that prompted Buvinic and Goldstein to conduct the study was that a huge knowledge gap exists. Despite NGOs and foreign governments working with humanitarian programs for decades, until now there has not been a comprehensive study that documents what factors contribute to women’s transitions from subsistence to high income earning lifestyles.


DC event: Women’s leadership and political participation: Politics and diplomacy in post-conflict countries

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Hon.When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Reception and Program
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2109 E Street, NW
Washington, DC

Cost: WFPG Members — $30 Non-Members — $50
Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
Event proceeds support WFPG mentoring activities and programs.

Hon. Ana Trišić-Babić was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2007. In this position, she represents Bosnia and Herzegovina on diplomatic activities as well as a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues, with special focus on gender issues (including UN Resolutions 1325 and 2122) and education. She also serves as a member of national governmental coordinating bodies for conflict resolution, peace building, security issues, and women participation. Since 2010, Ms. Trišić-Babić has also served as President of the Commission for NATO-integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previously, Ms. Trišić-Babić served Assistant Minister for Bilateral Affairs, Head of the Cabinet of the President of the Republika Srpska, Advisor for International Affairs in the Office of the UN High Representative, and Head of the Project for Media and NGO Sector Development for USAID–OTI. Early in her career she worked as a lawyer and later as a journalist at Radio of Free Europe.

She studied law at Schiller University in London, national and international security at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has also taken a course for senior-level officials at the NATO Defense College. Ms. Trišić-Babić frequently speaks on foreign policy, international security and role of the gender issues, women’s participation in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and peace sustainability.

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Law, negotiation and armed conflict: What role for gender equality?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Guest Contributor: Dr. Aisling Swaine

I recently participated in a conference organized by Durham University Law School in the United Kingdom on Law and Negotiation in Conflict:  Theory, Policy and Practice which took place from March 20th and 21st. The aim of the conference was to explore the relationship between law and negotiation processes that take place in relation to situations of armed conflict.

Key issues arise when examining the role of law during mediation and negotiation processes.  The relationship between law and politics is a key consideration, particularly in ensuring the adoption of a peace agreement that holds legitimacy and which in the longer term post-conflict terrain, adequately addresses the diverse concerns and needs of the affected population.

(L-R) Aisling Swaine, ESIA; Dr. Sari Kuovo, Afghanistan Analysis Network; Dr. Anashri Pillay, Durham Law School (moderator); Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women

(L-R) Aisling Swaine, ESIA; Dr. Sari Kuovo, Afghanistan Analysis Network; Dr. Anashri Pillay, Durham Law School (moderator); Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women

A specific theme addressed by the conference was the status of women in conflict and post-conflict environments, and how considerations of gender are relevant to the role of law in negotiations.  I was privileged to share a panel with Ms. Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and Dr. Sari Kuovo, Afghanistan Analysis Network.  Ms. Manjoo provided a wonderful overview of the key international legal frameworks that provide for women’s rights and equality in the context of peace negotiations, and evolving norms such as those provided by the UN Security Council women peace and security resolutions.  Dr. Kuovo talked about the realities of the situations faced by women in such contexts as Afghanistan, and the barriers that present to women’s participation in negotiation processes, not just by national actors, but the failure on the part of international interlocutors such as the UN and international governments to take actions regarding women’s rights.  My contribution focused on the potential that the transitional moment offers to advancing women’s rights, and the relevance of the concept of ‘transformation’ which underpins gender equality policy norms, to considering whether negotiation processes work for women.  Key considerations are how issues such as ‘security’ are framed and conceived in negotiations, and whether both those broad negotiations at macro levels, as well as those that play out at micro (community) levels, take transformative approaches, and ensure that key factors affecting men and women are considered and addressed.  For example, ensuring that such processes capture and are based on gendered concepts of security in important, particularly in addressing the relevance of the constancy of gendered violence in women’s lives, both during and after conflict.

A really interesting angle tackled by the conference was the relationship between theory and practice.  A range of academic scholars and practitioners in the field of international law and conflict resolution were present.  Debate revolved around how the differing standpoints and experiences of scholars and practitioners contribute to advancing approaches to utilizing law in negotiation processes.  Evident was a set of differences as well as much complementarity that each set of actors brings to both understanding as well as practically advancing the relevance and application of legal norms in negotiation processes. A key point for me was considering how women’s rights norms can secure enhanced legitimacy in negotiation processes globally, and how scholarship and practice can work in tandem to concurrently critically examine as well as tackle the barriers that continue to exist.

AislingAisling Swaine is Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW.  Aisling has spent over 14 years working on issues of violence against women, women, peace and security and transitional justice at programming and policy levels internationally.  She teaches on gender and conflict and on global gender policy.