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GWI Student Brown Bag Informational

Student Brown Bag Informational for GWI



November 13, 2019
12:00PM - 1:00PM
GWI Office
2140 G St NW Washington, DC 20052

The Global Women's Institute will be hosting an informational session on our work on violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings. Have a question about our research in relation to this area of focus or interested in a career in this field? We invite GW students to stop by, bring their lunch and a friend for a more in-depth conversation about our work! The session will be hosted by GWI Research Scientist, Maureen Murphy.

Those interested in attending can RSVP at [email protected].




Film Screening: Flint: The Poisoning of an American City

Flint Film Screening Flyer



November 14, 2019
4:30PM - 7:00PM
Marvin Center Amphitheater (3rd Floor)
800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052

Join GWI in partnership with the GW Multicultural Student Services Center, GreenGW and Black Millennials for Flint invite for a screening of "Flint: The Poisoning of an American City".

The film will be followed by a discussion with the film director, David Barnhart, Flint resident Rev. Greg Timmons, Flint Recovery Coord. and Dr. Melissa Perry, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The film intersperses first-person accounts of area residents (including parents, social workers, educators, pastors, and experts on water and health) with testimony at congressional and other oversight committee hearings to demonstrate how 100,000 people have been poisoned by lead, an irreversible affliction. No timeline exists for the remediation of the situation.

“Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” explores the critical question of how this could happen in America and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. A recent report found that 5,300 American cities were found to be in violation of federal lead rules, and research published in USA Today detected excessive lead in nearly 2,000 public water systems across all 50 states. This documentary educates and inspires action, seeking to radically change how we view and value water.

You can find more information and RSVP at the following link: http://bit.ly/2kXQfHk


Past Events

2019 Sexual Violence Research Initiative ( SVRI ) Forum

GWI at SVRI, October 21-25 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa


GWI and partners will be attended the 2019 Sexual Violence Research Initiative ( SVRI ) Forum. The SVRI Forum is the world’s key research conference on violence against women and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries.

GWI will be participated in a number of panels, sharing our latest findings and research. Our Institute will also had an exhibition booth for our GenderPro Capacity Building and Credentialing Program.

You can find the schedule here which details many of the events we will be participated in and/or attended.

World Bank Group's Development Marketplace 2018

Group photo at the Development Marketplace

Mary Ellsberg and Manuel Contreras are top row, far right.

On April 17, 2018, GWI was honored on to be among 11 winners of the award under the theme, Innovations in Addressing Gender-based Violence for a gender equality in nutrition intervention done in collaboration with Send a Cow. 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Calendar of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018 events


During the month of April, GW  joined the country in recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)GW's Title IX Office, Victim Services, the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (CSAPR) and GW Students Against Sexual Assault organized events to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault and its impact on campus as well as promote healthy relationships. The month will included the following highlighted events



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July 2019

07/19/2019: GW Today, "First GenderPro Cohort Begins Summit"

February 2019

02/27/2019: ReliefWeb, "Gender-based Violence in South Sudan: Prevention for Peacebuilding"

May 2018

05/07/2018: The Hill, "Domestic violence survivors seeking asylum in US deserve our protection", by Mary Ellsberg

December 2017

12/15/2017: HuffPost blog post, "Peace in South Sudan is Not Possible Until Violence Against Women and Girls is Addressed"

12/5/2017: Medical Xpress, "Levels of Violence Against Women and Girls Among the Highest in the World"

12/1/2017: GW Today, "Women, Girls in South Sudan Face Staggering Rates of Violence"

November 2017

11/30/2017: African Indy, "Violence Against South Sudanese Females Among the Highest Globally"

11/30/2017: Sudan Tribune, "Violence Against Women in South Sudan Among the Highest the World Over: report"

11/30/2017: Xinhuanet, "Violence against women in South Sudan among highest in the world: survey"

11/29/2017: The Washington Post, "South Sudan Violence Against Women is Twice the Global Average"

11/29/2017: Thomson Reuters Foundation, "South Sudan War Seeps into Homes, Spurring Domestic Violence"

11/29/2017: ABC News, "South Sudan Violence Against Women is Twice the Global Average"

11/29/2017: Europa Press, "El conflicto en Sudán del Sur dispara la violencia física y sexual contra las mujeres"

11/29/2017: Times Live, "South Sudan War Seeps into Homes, Spurring Domestic Violence"

11/29/2017: Independent UK, "Violence Against Women in South Sudan is Occurring at Twice the Global Average Rate"

October 2017

10/4/2017: The Asia Foundation, "Four Takeaways from Global Forum on Preventing Violence Against Women"

January 2017

1/26/2017: The Guardian, "'Global Gag Rule' Could Have Dire Impact in Latin America, Activists Warn"

Other Media  

Mary Ellsberg Smiling

Mary Ellsberg Keynote at the 9th Annual Stanford Women's Health Forum

GWI Director Mary Ellsberg presented the keynote address at the 9th Annual Stanford Women’s Health Forum, on June 5, 2019. The event featured a number of speakers who contribute to and presented on different topics within the field of global women’s health.

Dr. Ellsberg discussed her work on violence against women in Nicaragua and the importance of activism and research to advance women’s global health and support. 


Book Launch Image

Using Small Sample Size Surveys in GBV Programs

In partnership with ELHRA and Institut de Formation du Sud (IFOS), GWI is piloting the use of small sample size surveys to measure population-based GBV indicators in humanitarian settings.

Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) is a rapid, population–based sampling methodology often used in the health sector. During this project, GWI plans to adapt the LQAS methodology for use by humanitarian agencies implementing GBV programmes. If it proves successful, a small sample size approach may reduce some of the common barriers for collecting population-based data on GBV in humanitarian settings and improve the international community’s ability to measure the impact of their programmes. You can learn more about the research by following the link above.



Book Launch Image

Book Launch: Violence Against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization, February 2019

GWI Director Mary Ellsberg participated on a panel with the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center. This book event featured Dr. Alison Brysk, author of The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization, as she shared her findings on the profound impact of gender violence as a worldwide problem.



Podcast screen shot

Women's Protection & Empowerment (podcast), November 2017

Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University, the International Rescue Committee, and CARE International UK collaborated on the first large-scale research study of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in several areas of South Sudan impacted by war and conflict. In this episode, Dr. Mary Ellsberg, Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute of the George Washington University discussed the key findings from the research: the pervasive rates of VAWG, common forms of violence, and the relationship between experiences of conflict and VAWG.


Screen shot of panel talk


Facebook Live, November 29, 2017

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, this project is the first of its kind to capture population-based prevalence data on violence against women and girls in a conflict setting. The findings from this groundbreaking study will be used to inform international policy and priorities. The research findings and report were released on November 29, 2017 at George Washington University. 


Umeå University, Sweden
October 2017

In October 2017, Dr. Ellsberg visited Umeå University to talk about the work of GWI and her experiences researching gender-based violence.


May 2015

"Ending violence against women with numbers and stories."

May 2014

Affiliated Faculty member, Joan Meier, on bias against women alleging abuse in the family law courts.


TED Talk
February 2014

Leadership Council member, Esta Soler, "How we turned the tide on domestic violence (Hint: the Polaroid helped)"