Power Shift Forum 2016











The Power Shift Forum, which has been held the last several years at the University of Oxford under the leadership of its founder, Professor Linda Scott, moved across the Atlantic this year and was held for the first time in the U.S. at Georgetown University. Speakers and participants joined from across the world to discuss this year's theme of women and leadership. The event was co-hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Georgetown University Women's Leadership Institute, and Double X Economy, and was sponsored by the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. The gala dinner that took place at the U.S. Library of Congress was co-sponsored by the Library and U.S. Steel; Dr. Hane McAuliffe offered opening remarks and Katty Kay of BBC gave the keynote address.

International Council on Women's Business Leadership Spring Meeting  The International Council on Women's Business Leadership convened for its spring meeting. Cherie Blair and Amb. Melanne Verveer co-chaired the council discussion, and members of the subcommittees reported on developments, including: Henriette Kolb of the International Finance Corporation on access to capital, Renee Wittemeyer of Intel on technology, Joanna Barsh of the Centered Leadership Project on leadership, and Deb Henretta of SSA & Company on branding. The Institute's Bank of America Fellow on Women and the Economy Tricia Correia presented the findings of her research on women, millennials, and the future workplace. Angelica Fuentes Foundation Fellow Claire Charamnac presented her report on integrating violence prevention and women's economic training in capacity-building programs in Mexico.

New Research: Adolescent Girls' Access to Education in Conflict-Affected Settings In anticipation of the World Humanitarian Summit, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security published a landscape analysis on access to quality education for displaced adolescent girls in conflict-affected settings. This solutions-oriented paper seeks to highlight opportunities for innovation, collaboration, synergy, and scaling to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time. The report was featured in an article in Devex.

Field Research in Tunisia  As part of the Institute's partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a team of researchers from the Institute traveled to Tunisia to conduct interviews on women's access to the design and implementation of transitional justice mechanisms. These interviews will inform a report due to be published in early 2017.

Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference The Institute's Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow Briana Mawby spoke at the annual Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference on "Building Peace in a Changing Climate."

Paths to Empowerment: Womenomics in Asia Amb. Melanne Verveer participated in a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Womenomics in Asia, a private sector dialogue focused on the business and economic challenges that inhibit women's economic participation and increased workforce gender parity in Asian countries, and private sector innovations and solutions to those challenges.

Earth Day Network Climate Leadership Gala Amb. Verveer spoke at the Earth Day Network Climate Leadership Gala and presented the Women and Green Economy Leadership Award to Rachel Kyte. Kyte, who spoke at our symposium on women and climate earlier this year, is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change and CEO of Sustainable Energy For All. She played a key role in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Honoring First Lady of Afghanistan Mrs. Rula Ghani Amb. Verveer delivered remarks in New York at the Asia Foundation's Lotus Leadership Awards, which honored the First Lady of Afghanistan, Mrs. Rula Ghani, and the Carnegie Corporation. Her remarks focused on the Asia Foundation's trailblazing Women's Empowerment Program. The following day, Mrs. Ghani returned to Georgetown for the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council meeting, and for a town hall-style meeting with students that was co-sponsored by the Institute.

International Association of Women Judges Amb. Verveer spoke to the International Association of Women Judges, which, through its members, plays a pivotal role in advancing human rights and equal justice. Some 900 judges came from around the world.

LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Congratulations to the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics for launching the MSc course on women, peace and security - a major contribution to peace and security studies!


Power Shift 2016 - Quotas debate

ICRW's Champions for Change Awards Ceremony - Copenhagen