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First Comprehensive Study on Violence Against South Sudanese Women and Girls in Areas of Conflict to Be Released

The official launch of the groundbreaking new study will be held at the George Washington University
November 21, 2017

Jamie Rogers:, 202-994-3087

Maralee Csellar:, 202-994-7564

The research team from the George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute (GWI) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will unveil the results of their groundbreaking new study, “No Safe Place: A Lifetime of Violence for Conflict-Affected Women and Girls in South Sudan.” This is the first large-scale research project to provide data on the prevalence of violence against women and girls in South Sudan. These women and girls are struggling to survive violence in the home and in the community in a country riddled with conflict and war. After the presentation, experts on the issue and the region will participate in a panel discussion to explore ways to address the ongoing problem of violence against women and girls in South Sudan and other conflict settings. The Rt. Honorable David Miliband will also provide a keynote address.

President Thomas LeBlanc, The George Washington University 
Rt. Hon. David Miliband, president and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Mary Ellsberg, director, GW’s Global Women’s Institute
Jodi Nelson, senior vice president for policy and practice, International Rescue Committee 
Valentino Achak Deng, South Sudanese activist and founder of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
Hon. Jehan Deng, board member of the South Sudanese Women’s Empowerment Network 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2:30-4p.m. ET

The George Washington University

The Marvin Center
Betts Theatre

800 21 St., NW 
Washington, D.C.

Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)

Media interested in attending should contact Jamie Rogers at or 202-994-3087

The discussion can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Global Women’s Institute Facebook page. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University (GW) led the research project, which is the first large-scale study of violence against women and girls in South Sudan’s conflict zones. The study forms one part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls research program funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. IRC and GWI launched the project in 2014 and collected data through 2016.