Webinars on COVID-19


The Institute is providing expert analysis on the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 and finding innovative ways to share the stories of women on the frontlines of the pandemic.

We invite you to join an upcoming virtual event or watch one of our recorded webinars on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and proposed solutions.

Effective Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 am EDT via Zoom.

A virtual panel discussion on effective leadership in the time of COVID-19.

The ambassadors of Germany, New Zealand, and Norway discussed effective leadership in the time of COVID-19; lessons from their countries; women peacemakers; global cooperation; and rebuilding for a more inclusive and sustainable post-COVID world.


H.E. Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S.

H.E. Rosemary Banks, Ambassador of New Zealand to the U.S.

H.E. Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the U.S.

Hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and moderated by Executive Director, Ambassador Melanne Verveer.

Ensuring Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education during COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12 at 12:00pm EDT via Zoom

We are highlighting the impact of COVID-19 in conflict-affected countries, but we are also reflecting on how the pandemic is impacting our country, and especially our university communities.

Academic leaders discussed the challenges schools are facing ensuring equity and inclusion during the COVID-19 crisis. Panelists considered how schools can respond to continued disruptions over the summer and fall, and offered recommendations for how to better serve all students equally well.

On the Frontlines of COVID-19: A Conversation with Women Peacebuilders

Women peacebuilders on the frontlines of COVID-19 discussed how the pandemic is exacerbating insecurity in their communities, how women peacebuilders are leading relief and recovery efforts, and ways we can support their efforts. Featuring: Ms. Wai Wai Nu, Executive Director, Women Peace Network, Myanmar; Ms. Chouchou Namegabe, Founder and CEO, ANZAFRIKA, The Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ms. Oksana Potapova, Co-Founder, Theatre for Dialogue NGO, Ukraine; Ms. Rajaa Altalli, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Civil Society and Democracy, Syria. Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security


COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Leading experts discuss the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to COVID-19 and offer strategies for effectively mitigating the pandemic’s impact. Featuring: Rt Hon David MilibandPresident and CEO, International Rescue Committee; Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General, UN Women; The Hon. Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International; Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders; Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director, The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer.