South Sudan launch, Washington, D.C.

During 16 Days of Activism 2017, GWI and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with CARE UK, launched their report, "No Safe Place: A lifetime of violence for conflict-affected women and girls in South Sudan." Dr. Mary Ellsberg was joined by Hon. Jehan Deng and Valentino Deng, South Sudanese activists; Dr. Jodi Nelson, Vice President of Policy and Practice, IRC; and Hon Susan Page, first U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan (now with the UN) for a conversation moderated by Dr. Imani Cheers. President LeBlanc, George Washington University, welcomed Rt. Hon. David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC, who gave the keynote address.

This research was the first population-based study of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan and forms one part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls research program, funded by the U.K. Government's Department for International Development (DFID). The IRC and GWI began the work 2014 and collected data through 2016. The findings from this groundbreaking study will impact policies and programs to prevent and respond to VAWG in South Sudan and other humanitarian settings.

The event was held at Bett's Theater on the George Washington University campus and the reception was in the Great Hall. Over 100 people were in attendance.