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Gendering the Arab Spring; Arab Women Journalists, Cyber Feminism, and Socio-Political Transformation, with Dr. Sahar Mohmmad Khamis of University of Maryland, Hosted December 2, 2013. 

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US-Iran Conflict: Beyond the Current Discourse.  Hosted November 23, 2013.


 Given the renewed focus on US-Iran relations in recent months, it is critical to understand the challenges the Iranian regime poses to principles of human rights, gender equality and secular democratic movements in the region. Scholars and practitioners will come together to examine the US-Iran relations and explore the importance of including human rights and women’s rights as an imperative tactic during current negotiations with Iran.

Speakers engaged in roundtable discussions on how Washington continues to overlook other policy options by limiting its talks with Tehran to nuclear issue, while calling on students and faculty to embark on an academic inquiry in enhancing the current discourse.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Walid Phares

Author, Expert and Scholar on Middle East studies, anti-terrorism and comparative politics. Adviser to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and a co-secretary general of the Transatlantic Euro-American Caucus Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism


  • Dr. Donna Hughes, Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island and leading international researcher on trafficking of women and children.
  • Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Director of Negotiations and Conflict Management Graduate Program at University of Baltimore
  • Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, Scholar and practitioner from School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Film Screening: “From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women” (35min) made by Women’s Learning Partnership. November 20, 2013

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Women’s Agency in Pakistan & Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Hosted  November 4, 2013

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Dr. Saeed is a well known activist from Pakistan, who told the story of her own case of sexual harassment at the United Nations and the subsequent struggle that followed. Women joined hands to finally bring legislation against this crime in Pakistan, the first in South Asia. She  also talked about how at times foreign financial assistance when not used intelligently can damage the process and undermine women’s agency.
Legacy of Rape Round Table: A Discussion On Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Hosted Wednesday, November 6, 2013
PROOF Media for Social Justice has joined with TRIAL to create The Legacy of Rape, a public art exhibition that gave voice to those who have survived rape or sexual violence in conflict.  This exhibit reminded the international community of the human costs of conflict-related sexual violence, prompting attention, response, and accountability.  This roundtable discussion featured advocates, service providers, and scholars working to address sexual violence in conflict settings.
LIVE Taping of the Slate DoubleX Podcast, Hosted September 18, 2013

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Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict hosted a live taping of the  Slate Double X Podcast September 18, 2013.  The evening was an exciting mix of conversation, argument and wit about feminism, gender, sexuality, politics, and gendered violence.

Audio of the event is available for free from Slate here.

The event featured Slate Double X founding editor Hanna Rosin

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Slate Senior Editor Dan Kois

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and Noreen Malone of The New Republic

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Inaugural Raising the Bar at Patton Boggs, LLP- May 16, 2013

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A HUGE thank you to all of you who joined us to celebrate the private sector’s and legal community’s work to advance gender equity at Raising the Bar!   The evening was a fantastic success- we are thrilled to have the support of so many incredible partners in the private and legal sectors.

Our deepest thanks to our incredible sponsors!

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First annual Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict research conference, Bridging the Gap: Gender and Conflict Theory, Research, and Practice- April 11-13, 2013

Thank you for joining us for the first annual Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict research conference, Bridging the Gap: Gender and Conflict Theory, Research, and Practice, held April 11-13, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

View PDF conference program: Bridging the Gap Program_April 11-13, 2013

*Keynote Speaker Jess Goodell, author of Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq.


Conference Highlights

April 11, 2013- Featured Workshop* with TE’A Project, “Theatre, Engagement & Action: Leveraging Theater for Peacebuilding”. *This event is co-sponsored by the Student Association for Gender and Conflict and is free to the public and Mason community.

April 12, 2013- Featured Speaker Sahar Namazikhah, D.C. based Iranian Journalist and former Tehranian newspaper editor.

April 11, 2013- “Hot Button Discussion” Feminism and Zero Dark Thirty: Empowered to Torture?

First Annual Women’s History Month Visionary Awards- March 27, 2013
On MaDSC03798rch 27, 2013, S-CAR’s Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict celebrated our first annual Women’s History Month Visionary Awards Honorees:
 Col. Ellen Haring, Visionary of Courage
Col. Ellen Haring is an S-CAR PhD student who took on the Pentagon’s ban against women in combat.  We honored Ellen for her courage for serving as a member of the class action lawsuit against the ban, which was dropped by the Department of Defense in January 2013.
Dr. Pushpa Iyer, Visionary Scholar
Dr. Pushpa Iyer is an S-CAR doctoral alum who is now an Associate Professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies. We honored Dr. Iyer for her scholarship for her creative practice and commitment to fostering discourse on gender and conflict.


Sahar Namazikha, Visionary Peacemaker
Sahar Namazikha is an S-CAR PhD student and feminist journalist who has committed
 her writing to promoting peace in Iran.  We honored Sahar for her efforts to promote sustainable peace.

Women’s History Month Kick-Off Happy Hour at Mexicali Blues in Clarendon- March 1, 2013

A HUGE thank you to Mexicali Blues for helping us celebrate the first night of Women’s History Month during our happy hour to kick off the month!  10% of the proceeds from the evening’s drink sales  were donated to support CGC’s work to end gender-based violence through research, theory and practice.  Thank you!

We hope you’ll head over to Mexicali Blues for a great margarita and to share your appreciation of their support.  Mexicali Blues is located at  2933 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, just off the Clarendon metro station.

THANK YOU, Mexicali Blues, for your support of our work!


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