Institute for Global and International Studies

News: Spring 2012

Haiti: Turning the Page?

July 2012
Robert Maguire, Director of the Elliott School's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program is the author of a July 2012 USIP Peace Brief entitled "Haiti: Turning the Page?" Key points of the report address the progress and prospects for the new prime minister, increased foreign direct investment, and the anti-corruption campaign.

Can Women "Have it All?"

February 24, 2012
In 2011-2012, three GW faculty — Michelle Kelso of the Sociology Department and the Elliott School, Naomi Cahn of the Law School, and Barbara Miller of the Anthropology Department and the Elliott School — collaborated with several Swiss researchers to prepare a report on "Gender Equality in Employment: Policies and Practices in Switzerland and the U.S." P D F file icon.

The report was commissioned by the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and funded by GW's President, Provost, and Vice Provost for Research. The report formed the basis of discussion for an international conference, U.S.-Swiss Sister Republics - Building Bridges, organized by Megan Beyer and held in Bern, Switzerland.

Findings in the report highlight the challenges that professional women in both countries face in trying to "have it all" — that is, a successful career and a satisfying family life. Comparison of the two countries provides perspectives in variations in policies and social values.

GW Alumna wins 2012 Sports for Social Inclusion Award

photo: Anna Phillips

Girls Kick It!, a program Anna Phillips conceived six years ago in Uganda to empower women through the power of sport is this year's winner of the "Sports for Social Inclusion Award". This award is provided through Beyond Sport a global network of sport for social change organizations that hosts an annual awards program with international leaders (this year in London) for the best global sport for social change initiatives.

Anna was honored to have dinner with Tony Blair, Michelle Kwan, Michael Johnson, Michael Elliott and many others to share with them GKI's successes and vision for the future. She also had the opportunity to speak with NGOs working on similar issues around the word, business leaders, politicians and Olympic athletes about the Girls Kick It! impact model.

According to Anna, Girls Kick It! continues to achieve great success in Northern Uganda and is recognized internationally for its role in sport, equality and leadership building, as well as its sustainable social enterprise model.

Anna earned a B.A. in international affairs from the Elliott School and an M.A. from the Elliott School's International Development Studies Program in 2010. Between her studies, she spent a year in Uganda on a Fulbright Fellowship studying women's political participation. While there, she was inspired to launch Girls Kick It!, a program she has continued to support since then. During the first year of her M.A. studies, Anna was a program assistant working with Barbara Miller in 2009-2010 on what became the foundation for the Elliott School's Global Gender Program, launched in 2010, and the GW-wide Global Women's Institute which will be launched in the near future.

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