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IGP Women's Initiative

IGP's Women’s Initiative harnesses the targeted focus of a dedicated think tank with the breadth and power of a world-class research university to develop local to global policy solutions that advance women’s full and equal participation in society.

Featured News and Events

Women's Initiative

SIPA's Urban and Social Policy concentration and IGP convened Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo, Professor Ester Fuchs, and NYC Council Members to discuss day care, after-school care and how the City Council advancing affordability, access, and economic security for child care workers.

April 9, 2024
IN THE NEWS

In partnership with Queen's University, IGP hosted Women Peacebuilding: Reflections from Northern Ireland, an event that convened some of the women who negotiated the Good Friday Agreement of 1988. 

March 19, 2024
WOMEN'S INITIATIVE

IGP started a major new chapter with the launch of its Women’s Initiative on March 4, the start of Women’s History Month and just a few days before International Women’s Day.

March 4, 2024

What We Do

Research and Policy Solutions

We engage top Columbia faculty and scholars pursuing related interests and pair faculty with IGP Distinguished Fellows to develop strategic research projects and innovative policy solutions in key areas of focus.

Convenings

We bring together experts to raise awareness and address the most pressing issues affecting women and girls, engaging faculty, students, and alumni from across the university. 

Partnerships

We forge partnerships to amplify our research and policy solutions, engage with local to global policymakers, and promote our work to the public.

IGP's Women’s Initiative develops evidence-based strategies to advance gender equality in the United States and around the world.  Drawing on the expertise of affiliated faculty from across Columbia University, the Women's Initiative takes a comparative, cross-disciplinary approach to make unparalleled impact through research and policy solutions, convenings, and partnerships. 

Our Areas of Focus

Women's Economic Opportunity

We develop policy and research to improve women’s economic participation and promote growth, including by strengthening care infrastructure, eliminating the gender wage and wealth gap, and promoting women’s access to jobs in the industries of the future.

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Michelle Bechelet

Women's Health

We develop policy and research to improve women’s access to high-quality, affordable health care, including reproductive health and rights, addressing the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis, and understanding the health impact of climate change on women and girls. 

Women's Safety and Security

We develop policy and research to prevent and address gender-based violence wherever it occurs, both on- and offline, and promote security by increasing women’s participation in peace and security processes.

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A panel on“Women Shaping Diplomacy” was one of the Summit’s highlights. [photo: Shahar Azran]

Women's Leadership, Democracy, and Human Rights

We develop policy and research to close the gender gap in leadership, strengthen democracy through women’s political and civic participation, and advance human rights and gender equality under the law.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

“In big ways and small, the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women.” 

- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; 67th Secretary of State and former Senator from New York; IGP Faculty Advisory Board Chair

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