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GenderPro at GW

The GenderPro Capacity Building & Credentialing Program, 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 Program 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 30 hours of facilitated online learning over 14 weeks, an applied practicum focused on a work deliverable, and a  in person residential course in Washington, D.C at the conclusion of the program. 

Our second cohort began on September 16th, 2019. The applications for cohorts are rolling. 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. 

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


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Research to Action Toolkit: VAWG in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings

Through the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme funded by the UK Department for International Development programme, the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) have focused on developing new evidence to address gaps in understanding of VAWG during conflict and humanitarian crises, including implementing a landmark population-based study on the prevalence, forms and drivers of VAWG in conflict-affected South Sudan. In order to bridge the gap between research and action, this toolkit has been developed to support non-academic stakeholders to understand and interpret the data gathered through population-based research on VAWG and to create a process for moving from evidence to implementing action. The Research to Action tool provides a step-by-step process for practitioners and policymakers to better understand and utilize data generated by VAWG research activities.

Read the toolkit

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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