The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) works to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) globally—that includes on its own and other college campus. GWI works with university staff to enhance efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus. In particular, GWI is exploring new ways to meet the needs of traditionally under-served communities.
GWI’s work builds on the active role the George Washington University (GW) played in the It's On Us campaign, which was the first White House-led nationwide effort to raise awareness about campus sexual assault.
As an active participant on the GW task force addressing campus sexual assault prevention and response, GWI co-chairs a sub-committee reviewing and strengthening response efforts at the university.
GWI staff members volunteer to work the Sexual Assault Response and Consultation (SARC) hotline. The SARC team is a 24/7 resource for any GW community member affected by sexual violence or relationship violence. SARC members receive special training about interpersonal violence, trauma, and community resources so that they can offer the most appropriate assistance to callers, providing them with immediate support and guiding them on possible paths forward.