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Women-in-Combat Plaintiff to Present Keynote at Gender and Conflict Center Reception

April 9, 2014

The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) at George Mason University helps fund scholarship projects around the world that attempt to interrupt cycles of gendered violence, and puts a focus on women at the forefront of peacekeeping. On Thursday, April 10, the CGC will hold its second fundraising event with partners from the private sector.

The program is called “Raising the Bar!” and takes place beginning at 6 p.m. at the offices of the law firm Patton Boggs LLP, in Washington, D.C. The CGC, a unit of George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), will host the event with Patton Boggs; the cocktail reception will present networking opportunities and silent and live auctions until 8 p.m.

Col. Ellen Haring will deliver the keynote address. Haring, an S-CAR PhD student, was one of two Army Reserve plaintiffs in the landmark 2012 lawsuit that challenged the Department of Defense policy of excluding women from a quarter million combat positions solely on the basis of their gender. Eight months later, the secretary of defense lifted the exclusionary policy and directed the military services to remove all barriers to women’s full service.

“Understanding root causes of conflict and promoting nonviolence is at the heart of any form of resolution, and CGC’s commitment to this aims to advance the intellectual capacity of George Mason University and, by extension, create social harmony,” says Soolmaz Abooali, the CGC’s public affairs liaison. “This event seeks to raise resources that will support PhD and master’s-level students as they advance research in topics related to gendered violence.”

The guests will include representatives from a variety of industries and will provide Mason students and others an opportunity to “network with lawyers, scholars, students, peace builders and policy makers,” Abooali says.

Tickets to “Raise the Bar!” are $30 and include food and beverage; visit scarcgc.wordpress.com/ for information. Patton Boggs is located at 2550 M St., NW, Washington, D.C.