Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council Announcement

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December 6, 2016

Executive Director Neil Irvin to Speak

at Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council


Washington, DC – George Washington University’s school-wide initiative, Global Women’s Institute (GWI) is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6-7, 2016 with an inaugural presentation of the Knapp Global Women’s Fellow and an announcement of the GWI Leadership Council. Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) Executive Director, Neil Irvin is among the select group of international advocates for women’s issues on the Council, alongside GW’s president, Steve Knapp and Provost, Forrest Maltzman.

This year, the theme is “Bridging Research & Action for Change” and includes discussions on South Sudan, campus sexual assault, and policy and outreach. The opening event will be hosted by Andrea Seabrook, Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Editor of Marketplace, as well as feature the premiere of the original production This Is My Calling: Women’s Journeys into Activism by playwright, director and GWI affiliate, Leslie Jacobson. A public panel, Connecting Knowledge to Action: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Communitieswill be held Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“It is an honor to participate in this institute and I look forward to learning from my colleagues as we continue to strategize the most effective ways to change culture and prevent all forms of gender based violence,” says Irvin.

The GWI launched in Fall 2012 to advance gender equality through collaboration; partnership; researching, promoting and advocating for women’s issues; and through investing in women’s education in the home and around the world. The Leadership Council heralds the diversity, expertise, and energy of its advisers who will strengthen and promote GWI’s activities. It will convene biannually.

Men Can Stop Rape’s expertise is in engaging men and boys to use healthy masculinity as a resource to prevent gender-based violence. The organization is currently serving as a provider of technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women’s campus program and its consolidated youth program; and this year launched a regional initiative to raise awareness of campus-based efforts of nearly one dozen universities in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. In 2012, MCSR unveiled the free downloadable app, “University Assault. Services. Knowledge.” to offer survivors and their allies access to culturally-competent services, intervention and resources.


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