Women in the World and Georgetown University team up for research on girls and war

Women in the World and Georgetown University team up for research on girls and war

Women in the World Media, LLC, and Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security announced today that they have joined forces to produce a research paper on the use of GIRLS AS A WEAPON OF WAR.

The primary source material for this white paper will be a series of in-depth interviews with more than a dozen experts on the subject, to be conducted at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, April 22–24 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City. The paper will examine this alarming global trend and its consequences, as well as what can be done about it.

Among the topics to be addressed:

  • One year after #BringBackOurGirls, was it just a hashtag? And will the new Nigerian government succeed in finding those who were abducted?
  • What lures young women from all over the world to violent extremism, and how are mothers fighting to save their children?
  • What becomes of young women who are raped during wartime—and the babies who sometimes result?

The interviews will be led by Mayesha Alam, deputy director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security. In addition to informing the white paper, the WITW Summit interviews will become part of the institute’s Profiles in Peace: Oral Histories Project.

Said Tina Brown: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Georgetown on Women in the World’s first white paper. The Summit generates so much valuable content that deserves to be shared more widely, and no one has more authority on this topic than the Institute for Women, Peace & Security.”

“We’re delighted with this collaboration,” said Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security. “There’s a nice symmetry to this, because Tina participated in the launch of the Institute at Georgetown. She brings the women and their experiences to Women in the World, and we take their experiences to another level of analysis and scholarship.”

The white paper will be published on Women in the World’s website, and will be published online and in print by the Institute and disseminated through the Institute’s network of academic, policy, and practitioner partners.

The Women in the World Summit is presented by Tina Brown Live Media in association with The New York Times. This year’s Summit is generously supported by presenting sponsors Dove, Merck for Mothers, and Toyota; leadership sponsors Flextronics, Lands’ End, and MasterCard; and supporting sponsors Ford Foundation, Thomson Reuters, and Walmart.


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The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, timely global convenings and strategic partnerships. The Institute is led by Melanne Verveer, who previously served as the inaugural U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as its honorary founding chair. Located in Washington, D.C., the Institute leverages Georgetown University’s global reach to connect academia and practice, pioneer evidence-based and policy-oriented analysis, and inspire the next generation of leaders. To learn more, visit https://giwps.georgetown.edu/, and follow GIWPS on Facebook and Twitter.


Katie Lillie
Women in the World
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Mara D’Amico
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security
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