Jennifer McCleary-Sills // The Costs of Exclusion: How Gender Inequality Stymies Global Development

October 18, 2016

In this talk by Jennifer McCleary-Sills, director of the Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women, we learned about the various manifestations of gender inequality—including intimate partner violence, early forced marriage, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and access to justice—and how they translate into social and economic costs at the individual, community and macro levels.

McCleary-Sills presented evidence drawing on her recent work, including the book Voice & Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity and the Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide, as well current work focused on the costs and impacts of violence against women.

Jennifer McCleary-SillsJennifer McCleary-Sills

Director, Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights
International Center for Research on Women

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Dr. Jennifer McCleary-Sills is the Director of the Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she leads research on the gendered dimensions of violence and deprivations of rights. These include experiences of all forms of gender-based violence (GBC), exclusion based on sexual orientation and gender identity, controls on access to justice, and violations of property and land rights. Her own research contributes to the evidence base about the social causes and consequences of violence and what works to prevent it.  Jennifer has 15 years of experience as an international development professional and researcher Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining ICRW in 20015, she was the Senior Gender-Based Violence & Development Specialist at the World Bank Group, where she co-authored the flagship publication “Voice & Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity”. She was also the Bank’s lead on the multi-sectoral Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide.  From 2009-2013, she was a researcher at ICRW, where she designed and conducted research on GBV, SRH, demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) programs, and provided technical assistance on gender mainstreaming to international financial institutions.  She has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and institutional publications on gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Jennifer holds honors degrees from Yale University (BA) and the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH), and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

This talk was part of the 2016-2017 USC Global Health Lecture Series and is co-hosted by the USC Institute for Global Health and GlobeMed at USC.


Photo Courtesy: David Snyder/ICRW