This blog is a project of the Global Gender Program (GGP) of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The GGC will be on vacation until September 2016.
On April 5, the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace, and Security hosted a panel discussion on “Enhancing Accountability for Women, Peace and Security: Maximizing Synergies Between CEDAW and the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions.” The three panelists were Dr. Catherine O’Rourke, a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law with the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University; Dr. Aisling Swaine, of GW, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs; and Ms. Alison Davidian, a Transitional Justice Policy Specialist on the Peace and Security Team with UN Women. The three experts explored the state of the field regarding women in the peace and security arena and offered suggestions for the future.
Global Gender Program staff member, Camry Haskins, was recently interviewed by Matters of State, a lively international affairs analysis podcast written, hosted, and produced by a group of young professionals in Washington, DC.
She addresses issues ranging from her passion for men’s engagement in this space, to the importance & value of grassroots women’s activism and bottom-up development, as the pillar for policy change.
On Tuesday, March 8th, Vital Voices and the British Embassy celebrated International Women’s Day in Washington, DC, with an event on The Network Effect: The Power of Network’s to Drive Women’s Leadership. The discussion focused on how networks of women can be the vehicles for women’s success because of their ability to enhance a woman’s capacity, confidence, and connections.
On Thursday, February 25th, the Global Gender Program screened Poto Mitan, a documentary on Haitian women labor organizers. Through five vignettes of Haitian women living and working in Port au Prince, the film presents a striking picture of the effects of neoliberalism on the Haitian poor, a burden that has fallen disproportionately on women’s shoulders. There were 20 individuals in attendance representing organizations such as the State Department, as well as independent gender consultants working within Haiti.
Tune 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”.
On 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.