16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. The events are part of the debut of GW’s Global Women’s Institute, which will have its public launch on Nov. 27. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence raises awareness about gender-based violence and builds strength around the movement to end it.

The events are co-sponsored with GW’s Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Women's Studies, the School of Public Health and Health Services, the School of Media and Public Affairs, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Progressive Student Union. Outside partners include the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Inter-agency Gender Working Group (IGWG) and Futures without Violence.
 
For more information, call 202-994-7177 or email gwomen@gwu.edu. To RSVP, email gwomen@gwu.edu.
 
Dec. 3
The Role of Media and Social Media in Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls
2-4 p.m., Jack Morton Auditorium
Social media offers unprecedented opportunities to raise awareness around violence against women and girls, to help users stay safe and to inspire people to engage in social activism. At the same time, it may pose challenges to journalists by blurring the line between journalism and activism. Join the GW Global Women's Institute for a stimulating discussion moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, with the following distinguished panelists: Liriel Higa, social media strategist at Half the Sky Movement; Shawna Potter, founder of Hollaback Baltimore; Nancy Schwartzman, executive director of the The Line Campaign and developer of Circle of 6; and Caroline D'Angelo, social media editor at The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Co-sponsored by the Global Women's Institute, the School of Media and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.

Dec. 5
From Evidence to Action: Unleashing the Power of Research to Combat Gender-based Violence
3-5 p.m., City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs
The U.S. government recently released its global strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. One of its four key objectives is to improve the collection, analysis and use of data to enhance prevention and response efforts. Yet local research capacity is lagging in many parts of the world, particularly among those best positioned to use research for policy advocacy and program design. Why and what can be done? Join Stella Mukasa, director of gender,  violence and rights at ICRW; Mary Ellsberg, director of GW’s Global Women’s Institute; Karen McDonnell of GW's School of Public Health and Health Services; and Kay Freeman, director of gender equality and women’s empowerment at USAID, for an informative and lively discussion moderated by Lois Romano, senior political writer for Politico and ICRW Board Member. Co-sponsored by the Global Women's Institute and The International Center for Research on Women.
 
Dec. 6
Violence Against Girls: From Child Marriage to Dating Violence
Noon-2 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 405
Violence against young women takes different forms in different parts of the world. Join us for a panel discussion that will focus on two issues that affect millions of girls and young women around the world: child marriage and dating violence. The panel will feature the Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape Neil Irvin, who will discuss men’s role in preventing dating violence, along with Tara Pereira, director of diversity, education and outreach at GW's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, who will address the new sexual harassment and sexual violence policy at GW. Ann Warner of ICRW will discuss some of the causes, consequences and solutions to child marriage, a practice that is pervasive in many regions of the developing world, and Lucy Lohrmann of the GirlUp Campaign will share how young activists can make a difference. Susan Wood, director of GW’s Women’s Health Institute will moderate. Co-sponsored by the Global Women's Institute, the International Center for Research on Women and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health.
 
Dec. 7
Film Screening: The Invisible War
8 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 403
“The Invisible War” is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. GW graduate student Anna MacNiven will present the film.
 
Dec. 10
Breaking the Cycle: The Intersections of Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Pan American Health Organization, Room B, 525 23rd St., NW
Distinguished panelists will present new insight into the data, the implications and examples of programmatic interventions. The panel will feature results from new studies, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, with findings that exposure to violence in childhood—either as a victim of physical or sexual abuse or as a witness to violence against women—increases the risk of experiencing violence later in life. Featuring opening remarks by Pan American Health Organization Director Mirta Roses Periago and Neil Boothby, U.S. government special adviser and senior coordinator to the USAID Administrator on Children in Adversity. Panel presentations by Lori Heise, lecturer and women's health advocate for the Gender, Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on “What Works to Prevent Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: Lessons for the Future”; Alessandra Guedes, regional adviser on Intra-Family Violence at the Pan American Health Organization, on “Intergenerational Effects of Violence Against Women and Children: Findings from Latin America”; Michells Maloney- Kitts, assistant United States global AIDS coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on “From Survey Data to Policy Actions”; and Jackie Campbell, professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair of the Department of Community-Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, on  “The Relationship Between Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children: An Overview of the Evidence." A light lunch will be served.
 
The event will be livestreamed in English and translated into Spanish and Portuguese at:
 
Organized and sponsored by PAHO, USAID, George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group, co-chaired by PRB and CARE. RSVP by Dec. 3 to laronson@prb.org.