Virtual Discussions 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.

A People’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Friday, April 16 11:00AM-12:15PM EDT via Zoom.

Calls for a “People’s Vaccine” for COVID-19 are growing but have not yet been matched by needed resources or urgent action. The economic impact of inequitable vaccine access is being felt everywhere, and could cost over $9 trillion—with half of those losses in rich countries. Women and girls the world over have suffered disproportionately.

Join thought leaders across policy, public health, and civil society to assess current challenges in vaccine distribution and share key recommendations for a more equitable COVID-19 response moving forward. The event will feature an Open Letter to President Biden, signed by 200+ key stakeholders, calling for an equitable vaccine distribution as a medical necessity, economic priority, and moral imperative.


Dr. Raj Shah

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Representative Barbara Lee

U.S. Representative (CA-13)

Ms. Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director, UNAIDS

Dr. Chelsea Clinton
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Ms. Abby Maxman
President and CEO, Oxfam America

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

COVID-19 One Year On: What’s Working for Women in Response and Recovery

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 am EST via Zoom.


One year into the COVID-19 crisis, what is working to address the gendered impacts of the pandemic?  How can we scale-up effective approaches for greater impact? What more must be done to ensure equitable immediate relief and longer-term recovery? Leaders at the forefront of this effort spanning multilateral, civil society and grassroots share their perspectives.


Ms. Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA

Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

Ms. Suzanne Ehlers, CEO, Malala Fund

Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Founder and CEO, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)

Ms. Rajaa Altalli, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD), Syria

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.