Meet Mary Ellsberg

Mary Ellsberg is the Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University, a university wide institute dedicated to producing policy-oriented research to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

 

She has more than 30 years of experience in international research and program work on gender and public health issues.  Dr. Ellsberg’s deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years leading public health and women’s rights advocacy.

 

She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s Multi-Country Study on Domestic Violence and Women’s Heath, and she has written more than 50 books and articles on gender-based violence and ethical and methodological aspects of violence research.

Dr. Ellsberg earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.

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