Policy & Outreach

The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) strives to raise awareness and advance gender equality through civic engagement at the campus, local, national, and global levels. GWI utilizes its platform in the university community and beyond to inspire a new generation of leaders who are engaged with gender issues and actively involved in creating tangible progress in the field.

The GWI Policy and Outreach team acts as a catalyst for action by enhancing the knowledge base and bringing together international researchers, practitioners, activists and policymakers to empower women and girls and to end all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. Our programs include:

Communications X-CHANGE
The Communications X-CHANGE is an online library of materials contributed by organizations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and girls.

Gender and Policy Convenings
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.

Sexual Assault on Campus
Sexual assault is an urgent problem on college campuses, and GWI leverages its unique position as a research and policy institute within a university campus to contribute to research, programming, and policy change to end sexual assault on college campuses.

Arts for Gender Justice
The Arts for Gender Justice is an outreach initiative of the Global Women’s Institute, curated by GWI-Affiliated Faculty member Leslie Jacobson of the Theater and Dance Department. Under Leslie’s leadership, GWI cultivates artistic opportunities to promote social justice and gender equality.

Campus Outreach
GWI prioritizes outreach to its local community at George Washington University (GWU) by leading and supporting projects that engage the campus on the issue of gender equality.

Global Outreach
GWI attends key international, inter-governmental and regional forums where we can directly contribute to and help shape important discussions on women’s empowerment and violence against women and girls.