Gender and Policy Convenings

The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) hosts both annual symposia and regular speaker events on issues at the intersection of women’s empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, and policy. These events convene policymakers, activists, researchers, practitioners, faculty, and students in conversations that advance a global policy agenda on gender equality.

Gender and Policy Annual Symposia
GWI holds annual symposia on issues related to women’s empowerment and ending violence against women and girls.  The aim of the symposia is to bring together stakeholders from across sectors to enhance the knowledge base, add conceptual clarity, and develop cross-cutting strategies on topical issues affecting women. The 2016 Symposium will focus on Good Practices on ending discrimination against women and girls.

The 2016 Symposium was on Essentials of Good Practices: Due Diligence and Good Practices in Elimination of Discrimination and Violence against Women. The event was convened together with the Due Diligence Project, and in support of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice. Outcomes of the meeting will contribute directly to the UN Working Group’s 2017 Annual Thematic Report.

Gender and Policy Speaker Series
GWI hosts notable academics, researchers, and practitioners in their field throughout the academic year. This speaker series is open to the public and topics vary from local, to national, to international issues related to women’s empowerment and ending violence against women and girls. Speaker series events include:

  • Women's Empowerment through Energy Production. This event on the empowerment of women through the supply and demand of energy was co-hosted with the Global Women’s Issues of the State Department.

  • Girls’ Political Participation. GWI is co-hosting a town hall with GirlsGovern to discuss political issues important to girls, featuring policymakers, journalists, and women's political empowerment experts.

  • Campus Sexual Assault. GWI is partnering with GW Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) to host a film screening of It Happened Here, with remarks from a survivor featured in the film.