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"It’s time for all of us to take charge of the future, to change how the world thinks about conflict and how we stop it and prevent it; about security and how we provide it; about peace and how we realize it. And as we do so, it is past time for women to take their rightful place, side-by-side with men, in the rooms where the fates of  peoples, where their children and grandchildren’s fates are decided, in the  negotiations to make peace and in the institutions to keep it.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Honorary Founding Chair, GIWPS
U.S. Secretary of State 2009-2013

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security supports scholarship, research and outreach.

Housed at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and led by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the Institute brings together partners globally and across the university, and leverage Georgetown's intellectual resources, location and leadership in knowledge production on international affairs. The Founding Honorary Chair of the Institute is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the formation of the Institute as she unveiled the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security during an address at Georgetown's Gaston Hall on December 19, 2011. Read more or watch the speech.

"There are a number of outstanding non-governmental organizations focusing on the role of women, but there is limited research done in universities on women, conflict, political transitions and humanitarian emergencies. We hope to contribute to knowledge and understanding in these areas," said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster about the Institute. "We look forward to collaborating with other organizations and universities working on these important issues."

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