About the Global Women's Institute

Empowering Women and Girls through Research in Action

The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University launched in the Fall of 2012 as a university-wide initiative to advance gender equality through interdisciplinary research, education, and civic engagement.  GWI leads and supports projects that will make a difference in the lives of women at home and around the world by promoting research that strengthens the global knowledge base on gender, investing in education that prepares the next generation of leaders, and advocating for civic engagement to influence policymakers and raise awareness of women’s issues.

GWI serves as a catalyst for action, linking faculty and students with international researchers, practitioners, activists, and policymakers to end violence against women and girls, empower women economically, and increase women’s participation and leadership in society.  In its inaugural year, GWI organized a campaign of events to recognize the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence on the GW campus, co-sponsored two side events at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City, and initiated a comprehensive review of promising practices and interventions aimed to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence as its flagship research project.

GWI takes advantage of its affiliation with the oldest Women’s Studies Program in the country and the expertise of university faculty engaged in research on global women’s issues in diverse fields such as law, international affairs, public health, public policy, economics, media, communications, and performing arts.  GWI also uses its proximity to the nation’s capital to participate in and contribute to high level policy events and promote the mission of the Institute with policymakers. 

The creation of the Global Women’s Institute represents George Washington University’s commitment to celebrating public service, preparing global citizen-leaders, engaging in policy, and informing the global conversations to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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