Women, Peace, Security, and Development Bibliography Update

November 7th, 2014

After a break during the summer, the Global Gender Program’s Women, Peace, Security, and Development Bibliography is once again adding new sources. Since September, the number of entries has increased from over 2,300 entries to nearly 2,600 sources. Many of the new sources are on human trafficking, particularly trafficking of women and girls.

Examples include:

“Risk Factors for Mental Disorders in Women Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Historical Cohort Study” [http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-244X-13-204.pdf] (needs hyperlink)

“Trafficking of Children for Prostitution in West Bengal: A Qualitative Study”
[http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/T-Anth/Anth-17-0-000-14-Web/Anth-17-2-000-14-Abst-PDF/T-ANTH-17-2-591-14-816-Pandey-S/T-ANTH-17-2-591-14-816-Pandey-S-Tx%5B30%5D.pmd.pdf] (needs hyperlink)

“Position Paper on the Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States”
[http://www.amwa-doc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/AMWA-Position-Paper-on-Human-Sex-Trafficking_May-20141.pdf] (needs hyperlink)

We continue to improve the database by allowing researchers to find or search for sources more efficiently.

Please suggest additional sources by sending an email to: 1325bib.ggp@gmail.com.

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

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.

Article of Note

November 7th, 2014


Mental Health Status among Married Working Women Residing in Bhubaneswar City, India: A Psychosocial Survey

by Ansuman Panigrahi, Aditya Prasad Padhy, and Madhulita Panigrahi. BioMed Research International, 2014, Article ID 979827, 7 pages.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/979827

Abstract: Mental health is a major public health concern worldwide. This study aimed to assess the mental health status and its correlates among married working women residing in Bhubaneswar city of Odisha, India. A cross-sectional study was undertaken in 240 households involving 240 married working women following a multistage cluster random sampling design. Using the predesigned, pretested interview schedule and self-reporting questionnaire, all relevant information was collected. Our study revealed that 32.9% of study respondents had poor mental health and only about 10% of these women had sought any kind of mental health services. Logistic regression analysis showed that 3 predictors such as favorable attitude of colleagues, sharing their own problems with husband, and spending time for yoga/meditation/exercise had significant positive impact on the mental health status of married working women. A preventative program regarding various aspects of mental health for married working women at workplace as well as community level could be a useful strategy in reducing this public health problem. [open access]

To go to the article click here.

Org Spotlight: PRADET

November 7th, 2014


PRADET (Psychosocial Recovery & Development in East Timor) is an NGO that provides assistance to people who are undergoing issues with trauma and other social problems. The mission of PRADET is to provide psychosocial support to men, women, children and families who suffer from trauma, violence, and mental illness.

The organization also focuses on delivering psycho-social service to the community via counselors positioned locally that have had experience in trauma related to health. The information administered is centralized on enabling the community to be better educated on illness and abuse, while also rehabilitating those in the community who have suffered from trauma induced health issues.  Along with counselling, PRADET is also dedicated to creating an atmosphere that enables people to feel encouraged to reach their potential. PRADET works with its various working partners to create community development programs as well as policy development at both local and national levels. PRADET is the singular organization in East Timor that focuses on delivery training as well as education on the topics of abuse in the larger context of the community.

PRADET views the process of overcoming mental health issues as a “journey of healing and transformation”.   The overall goal that PRADET seeks to accomplish is to empower any person who suffers from a trauma related mental health problem to have the ability to have livelihood and fulfillment in their lives, while also improving the community life of East Timor. The value that PRADET utilizes in its mission is hope.  In its mission, PRADET utilizes hope as an instrument that has the ability to be the facilitator of the rehabilitation process and ultimately change the community.

The process of recovering from trauma and other mental health issues offers individuals the opportunity to participate in the community, while also enhancing community life. By strengthening relationships with their partners, PRADET strives to generate increased initiatives and programs that will be able to alleviate trauma, improve treatment, and enable services that will assist the community of East Timor.

Org Spotlight: Humanas Colombia

November 3rd, 2014

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Humanas Colombia

Humanas Colombia is an organization that focuses on human rights and justice for women. The organization’s mission is “the promotion and protection of human rights of women, international humanitarian law and gender justice in Colombia and Latin America.  A group of women within social sciences professions strive to promote and implement initiatives that increase knowledge of women’s situations and the obstacles they must overcome in regards to gender inequalities.

Humanas looks at gender justice and how women are affected by and contribute to issues surrounding peace and security. They question the patriarchal order by searching out biases that violate gender equality. Gender based violence comes out of unequal power relations between the sexes. Gender justice attempts to combat the naturalization of violence against women and gives women access to justice for the crimes committed against them.
Humanas’ mission is inspired by the following values:

  • The universal and indivisible human rights as the basis for addressing multiple discriminations affecting women.
  • Democracy building guide egalitarian relationships in ways of thinking, feeling and acting.
  • Diversity, recognition of multiple social realities
  • Cooperation promotes working in partnership with groups of similar interests.
  • Solidarity promotes the defense of the rights of women in all contexts.
  • Transparency characterizes the management of resources, information and accountability.
  • Resilience, as an individual and collective capacity, can face problems, solve them and emerge stronger.

Humanas has developed research, training, and monitoring to advance their goal of justice for women. One specific initiative they have developed, Peace with Women, is dedicated to spreading and recognizing efforts by women to build peace in the midst of war. This project creates a space for women to come together to rebuild the social fabric, strengthen local democracy and peace processes, overcome poverty, undertake processes of truth, justice and reparation and to oppose war and the militarization of their lives. They give women a voice by creating an avenue for them to tell their stories.

The organization’s fundamental premise is for peace building in the country to involve not only the negotiation of the armed conflict, but the construction of new gender pacts that enable social inclusion of women and the full exercise of their rights.

DC event: Society for International Development honors Ambassador Melanne Verveer

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 annualdinner@sidw.org or call (202) 331- 1317.

DC Event: Panel Discussion

October 27th, 2014

time_to_actA Time To Act – Combating Sexual Violence in Syria and Iraq

A Panel Discussion and Lunchtime Roundtables 


As part of the American Red Cross mandate, the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) team hosts events to educate the American public about IHL and related issues. As part of this year’s event series, the American Red Cross, the AU WCL War Crimes Research Office, the GW Elliott School Global Gender Program and Physicians for Human Rights are organizing an event  to explore and discuss the increased use of sexual violence by state and non-state actors.

The purpose of this event is to shed light on pressing issues regarding International Humanitarian Law, complex emergencies, and sexual violence, with a particular focus on the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Our goal is not only to bring these issues to the forefront of the public debate but also discuss potential solutions to address them.

The panel discussion will be streamed live at: http://tinyurl.com/sexualviolenceandconflictlive to encourage dialogue from all over the country and world. Online participants can send in questions or comments ahead of time and during the event.  


10:00 am -12:00 pm: Moderated Panel Discussion

Speakers In Order of Appearance:

Dr. Aisling Swaine - Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs

Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, JD MediCapt Project Manager & Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights

Ambassador Rapp (invited) – Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

Sunjeev Bery- Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa, Amnesty International USA


Susana SáCouto- Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

There will be facilitated lunchtime discussions to discuss and come up with suggestions to address specific problems within the overall topic.  Current topics and confirmed moderators include:

1) What would a campaign that engages grassroots and diaspora to combat human rights abuses look like? (Discussion led by Sunjeev Bery, Amnesty International)

 2) What role can mobile technology play in documenting sexual violence in conflict? (Discussion led by Sucharita S.K. Varanasi, Physicians for Human Rights)

 3) Do the protections in the Geneva Convention adequately address sexual violence in conflict? (Discussion led by Christie Edwards, American Red Cross)

 4) How can the US and the global community give greater protection to refugees fleeing the threat of sexual violence in Iraq and Syria? (Discussion led by Joan Timoney, Women’s Refugee Commission)

5) How can we combat stigma to prosecute and treat GSBV? (Discussion led by Emily Hooker, Vital Voices)

 6) How can we use technology to prevent the radicalization of young men as a consequence of military intervention in Syria and Iraq? (Discussion led by Katie Striffolino, Physicians for Human Rights)

7) How can we engage young men in the campaign to end sexual violence? (Discussion led by Omar Robles, Women’s Refugee Commission)


DC Event: Careers in Gender and Development

October 27th, 2014



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DC Event Recap

October 27th, 2014

A Conversation with Susan Markham

by Camry Haskins

Susan Markham was light-hearted and relaxed when she came to speak at a Delta Phi Epsilon event on the George Washington University campus on Monday night. An alumnus from GW, Ms. Markham received her master’s degree in women’s studies and public policy. She candidly spoke to the crowd of 40 about her journey, from naïve graduate student researching women running for office, to her blind dive into campaign fundraising, and,finally to her current position as Senior Coordinator for Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ms. Markham commanded the room with her quick wit and wealth of knowledge. The force of her presence was also relatable to the crowd of mainly undergraduate females, many of whom are probably still working out which direction their paths will takes them. Ms. Markham quickly announced how little of her own career she had planned out; what she thought would be a quick experiment into election campaigning, turned into a love that kept her coming back for many years. “Campaigns are like the chicken pox”, she said. “They are in your system. You are a carrier”. She also shared her personal journey of discovering what the terms “real adult”, “real job”, and “real mom” meant to her. As a self-proclaimed feminist, she confused some attendees when she spoke of actively trying to fit into traditional feminine roles, but her experience shows how overwhelming social norms are in shaping our subconscious thoughts and beliefs. There are times when Ms. Markham still struggles to balance home and work life, but that hasn’t stopped her from following her passion.

As her career advanced, she found herself first refocusing on domestic women’s issues, and later on gender in an international framework. Now with USAID, Ms. Markham uses her position to ensure that the agency looks at every issue through a gendered lens. From brainstorming ways to increase gender inclusivity within the organization itself, to advocating for looking at Ebola and other epidemics through a gendered lens, Ms. Markham won’t yield on important topics. Along with an increased focus on women, she also strives to look at gender inclusively. Whether it is stressing the importance of involving both men and women in projects that increase women’s access in areas they have been traditionally kept out of (e.g. agriculture, education, health) or pointing out that it is not just increasing the capability of women and girls that is important but also the gaps between men and boys (e.g. locations where the older men in the community are the ones determining when the boys reach manhood), she is always pursuing increased awareness and diligence toward equality and progress. With these goals ahead of her, she does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

When Ms. Markham opened up for questions, hands shot up. Her enraptured audience was eager to learn more; each question posed could have generated another long discussion. Walking out of the event that night, I felt confident that Ms. Markham would do everything in her power to advance her goal of “empowering women so they can be part of making the decisions”. USAID can only benefit from their decision to hire Susan Markham.

Org Spotlight: Women Rehabilitation Development International Foundation

October 22nd, 2014



Women Rehabilitation Development International Foundation (WRDIF) is an organization based in Sudan that focuses on providing services to women throughout Africa. Three specific target countries of WRDIF are South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya. WRDIF was formed in 2011 by the organization’s Executive President, Karak Mayik Denyok Miankol.

Karak, a South Sudanese born woman, was displaced to Khartoum in during the Civil war in 1993. While there she began volunteering and developing different projects to empower women. It was while there that she worked with Diar for Rehabilitation and Development Association (DRDA), a program that helped Sudanese children and women who had been displaced by the war. DRDA was also the organization that the WRDIF evolved from.

At WRDIF their mission is “to ensure that women’s rights, gender equality, and environmental social and economic justice are at the heart of policies, programs and practices at all levels”. WRDIF works to fuflill this mission through implementation of five distinct programs:

  1. Sisterhood Programme
  2. Income Generation Programme
  3. Adult Literacy
  4. Child Protection
  5. Humanitarian Assistance

A common thread throughout all five programs is the incorporation of one of the organization’s foremost goals, which is to provide a safe and enriching environment for the women it reaches. This is accomplished through actions to improve their self-confidence, cultural awareness, and overall wellness.

WRDIF strives to maintain sustainability by implementing evaluation measures to track observable outcomes. They both provide one-on-one consultations with the women currently within their programs, as well as track progress of graduates at 12 and 24 month intervals. Quarterly reports, economic surveys, and beneficiary feedback are other methods WRDIF utilizes to evaluate their success.

The program becomes cyclical, for at the completion many women who have benefited choose to give back, either monetarily or through in-kind services. WRDIF is also able to highlight their success stories as motivational tools for the next group of incoming participants.