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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 and the third cohort will begin the week of June 8th, 2020. 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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Long-term change in the prevalence of intimate partner violence: a 20-year follow-up study in Leon, Nicaragua, 1995-2016

Co-authored by GWI Director Dr. Mary Ellsberg, this article shares the results of GWI's follow up study on intimate partner violence (IPV) in León, Nicaragua, 20 years after the initial prevalence study, which was also led by Dr. Ellsberg. This study is the first to measure population-level change in the prevalence of IPV over a 20-year period.

The results suggest that the reduction in IPV was not due to demographic shifts, such as increased education or age, but reflects a true decrease in the prevalence of IPV. The decrease is not likely to have occurred on its own, and may be attributable to multisectoral investments in services, justice and social norms change. The article recognizes  the women's movement in Nicaragua as a driving force for this historic achievement.   

Read the article

GW Today also interviewed GWI Director Mary Ellsberg about the article and its findings. Read the interview.


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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




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