Athletics News

GW Athletics Joins The Call to End Violence Against Women

Nov. 27, 2012

Coinciding with the launch of the George Washington University's Global Women's Institute, a university-wide initiative that promotes and supports the rights of women and girls worldwide, the Department of Athletics and Recreation debuted a campaign today which calls for the end of violence against women.

Today's launch falls within the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, commemorated annually from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10. The campaign starts annually on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on Human Rights Day.

"Athletics play a critical role in the empowerment, education and celebration of strong women in our society," said George Washington Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "In this campaign our student-athletes join others who are staggered by the statistics, as we take this opportunity to use our voice to call for the end of violence against women in society."

At George Washington, the Global Women's Institute will link faculty and students with international researchers, practitioners, activists and policymakers to improve the situation of women and girls internationally through research, education and civic engagement.

The idea for the institute originated in 2009, when President Steven Knapp proposed that the university investigate the possibility of launching an institute that would coordinate all university activities focused on women's issues.