January 2018 | Vol 1

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! At the start of 2018, we are thrilled to announce our new Harvard GlobalWE Newsletter. In an effort to keep our members informed of events and other news, we will be sending our e-newsletter every few months. We welcome your comments and feedback at globalwe@post.harvard.edu.


Board of Directors, Harvard GlobalWE

2017 in Review

For our first edition, we'd like to recap a great year for Harvard GlobalWE. Our SIG has more than 500 members, representing 29 countries. We are in the process of starting a student group at the College with the help of our two student liaisons.  This past year, we hosted a number of GlobalWE events, including our second Annual GlobalWE Expo in Cambridge. The Expo featured more than 30 organizations dedicated to empowerment of women and girls. This year, we also ran our 3rd Annual Student Essay Contest for students in Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan and Germany. As with our 2015 and 2016 contests, essays will be publishedon our website.

GlobalWE Board Commentary

Over the past several months in the U.S., a glaring light has been shed on the prevalence of sexual harassment, assault, misconduct and complicity in the workplace, on campus, and in the daily lives of women. A vital conversation has begun, and it is through our voices and/or willingness to listen that it will continue. As a group dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls, we hope that our members will be open to engaging in dialogue or be receptive to listening, whether it's at work, in your social circles, in your families, or in your classrooms. This is no longer a topic limited to the whispers of women or victims; it is one that concerns all of us.  

As a SIG, we will be hosting a free roundtable discussion with alumni and students on the issues surrounding sexual harassment, assault, misconduct and complicity on Saturday, February 10th from 12pm to 1:30pm at Harvard's Office of Career Services. A pizza lunch will be served. For anyone who will be in Cambridge for the HAA's Alumni Leadership Conference, and for others who can make it to Cambridge, we would love to have as many alumni and students as possible attend. A formal evite will be sent in the coming days, so please watch your inbox.

In 2018, we will also be holding Part II of our Title IX Series on Sexual Assault on Campus. In the meantime, if you have suggestions for articles we can post on our website, events you think would be important to host, or other information that may be helpful to our members, please write to us.

Planned Events – 2018

The following is a list of planned events to date. Please check our website for updates and additional events. If you're interested in planning or participating in one of the following events, please contact us.

Student/Alumni Roundtable Discussion: Sexual Harassment, Assault, Misconduct and Complicity – It's about Us (Saturday, 2/10/18, 12pm-1:30pm, Harvard University, Office of Career Services, Cambridge)

Title IX and Sexual Assault on Campus: Part II of a Two-Part Series(based on speaker availability / location, this will be an online-only event)

Covering Up: Fashion, Empowerment, and Control (in-person and live, online event)

Annual GlobalWE Expo 2018 (in-person event, Cambridge MA)

2018 Student Essay Contest

Recent  Events – 2017

Nov 2017: Refugee Issues Awareness Online Panel (panel event, streamed live online/global)

Sept 2017: Annual GlobalWE Empowerment Expo (Cambridge, MA event)

May 2017: Finding Work/Life Effectiveness (NYC panel event)

Jan 2017: Sexual Assault on Campus: Title IX and Due Process (panel event in Chicago with the Harvard Club of Chicago, and streamed live online)- view a live recording of the event HERE.

2017 Annual Student Essay Contest: Afghanistan, Turkey, Germany, Pakistan

Please Support Us

Your Harvard GlobalWE Membership is free, but we encourage members to show your interest in and commitment to global women’s empowerment by making a tax-deductible donation. Harvard GlobalWE is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization. Our administrative costs (email service, printing, mailing, event costs), have been funded almost entirely by our volunteers, and we'd love your help to defray some of these costs. Your donations will also help us support more events and speakers, as well as increase our capacity for outreach and collaboration with organizations worldwide.

While we suggest a gift of $20 per year, we recognize that financial resources vary, so please give as you are able ––we are grateful for any amount.  Contributions can be made to GlobalWE via our website here.

Thank you in advance for your support of our mission and efforts.