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GenderPro at GW

The GenderPro Capacity Building & Credentialing Programme, hosted at the George Washington University in partnership with UNICEF, the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and the George Washington University College of Professional Studies, is professionalizing the gender and development field and equipping development and humanitarian professionals with the skills they need to meaningfully address gender in their work.

The GenderPro Capacity Building Programme is a first-of-its-kind course designed to educate international development professionals on the skills and knowledge they need to integrate gender into their existing programs and the best approaches to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The course consists of about an hour and a half of work per week over about four months and an applied practicum focused on a work deliverable. Two 16-week cohorts are administered per year. 

Eligible participants are mid- to senior-level global development, gender, and/or humanitarian professionals who are interested in deepening their skills in integrating gender into development programming. 

We are now accepting applications for the next cohort. The deadline to apply is Novemeber 27th, 2020.

You can learn more information about the GenderPro Capacity Building Program and apply at the following link:


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Statement of Solidarity for those affected by the tragic explosions in Lebanon

Our hearts are heavy after the massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. This comes at a particularly challenging time, as the country has faced severe political and financial crises over the last ten months, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst all of that Lebanon continues to be, per capita, one of the largest refugee-hosting countries in the world.

We are grateful that our partners in Lebanon, our friends and colleagues there have checked in as safe. And we stand ready to support their immediate response needs as well as their recovery – as they rebuild their homes, businesses, schools and safe spaces, their city and communities and country. We stand with those who are Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian; with the many women and men from other parts of the world who migrated to Lebanon for domestic work or other employment; with all those who call Beirut home.

The scale of this disaster is almost impossible to fathom, yet the imperative to stand in solidarity with those living in Lebanon will remain long after the crisis fades from the headlines. To support ongoing response efforts, we have collated a list of trusted responders below, including two of the leading women’s organizations in Lebanon, ABAAD and KAFA, with whom we have been proud to partner in work on behalf of survivors of violence. In every disaster, we have seen how women and girls are put at higher risk of violence and exploitative situations in order to survive. Supporting and listening to women’s rights organizations and service providers remains an essential part of this response. We urge you to read the statement by our sister organization, the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University:

As possible within your means, we encourage you to follow the links below to donate, and spread the word so that others know how to help. We will update this list as new information and ways to support are shared with us. 

Please find a list of organizations that you can donate to here:

These organizations have been shared by our partners in Lebanon and/or are organizations that our staff have previous experience working with.  

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"Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive and under-reported human rights violation in the world."


Mary Ellsberg,
Director, Global Women's Institute

 Mary Ellsberg




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"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

Malala Yousafzai




A bold initiative at a premier institution