Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative

IGLI encourages engagement between researchers and activists on how to most effectively wage and support movements for social change.

Our Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) initiates research, education and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women-identified activists are doing at the grassroots to promote peace, justice and human rights around the world. IGLI embraces a commitment to nonviolence and feminist principles of leadership. This initiative is Directed by Professor Marie Berry, with Professor Chen Reis serving as Interim Director for the 2021–2022 academic year.

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How do post-war empowerment interventions impact women's lives? The Women's Rights After War (WRAW) project asks which women benefit from new opportunities, suggesting that the implementation of gender egalitarian laws and policies often maps onto existing socio-political cleavages.

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The IGLI speaker series brings speakers and practitioners-in-residence to the University of Denver as part of an effort to convene conversations that catalyze inclusive leadership related to global peace and security. These guests conduct innovative programming that actively includes members of the broader community in Denver and beyond.

IGLI Summer Institute

The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative's annual Summer Institute brings women-identified activists working on the frontlines to promote peace, justice and human rights around the world to Colorado to receive advanced training in waging successful nonviolent movements for social change. The Institute is designed to strengthen their role as leaders in movements by offering women activists evidence-based training, networking opportunities and a space to exchange stories about their particular struggles and successes.

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Explore Dr. Marie Berry's Award-Winning Work


Fall 2021 Practitioner-in-Residence: Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan researcher and writer, taught a class on “African Women and the Revolution” and gave a talk on “Digital Rights for the People: Freedom, Justice and Inclusion in the Digital Age.”

Visiting Scholars & Practitioners

War, Women and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina


Rwanda and Bosnia both experienced mass violence in the early 1990s. Less than ten years later, Rwandans surprisingly elected the world's highest level of women to parliament. In Bosnia, women launched thousands of community organizations that became spaces for informal political participation. The political mobilization of women in both countries complicates the popular image of women as merely the victims and spoils of war. Through a close examination of these cases, Marie E. Berry unpacks the puzzling relationship between war and women's political mobilization.

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Past Events

Self-Defense, De-Escalation and Healing Space: A Workshop with IGLI Alumna Rana Abdelhamid

November 9, 2018

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The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) at the Sié Center was pleased to invite the DU Community to join IGLI alumna Rana Abdelhamid for a dynamic self-defense, de-escalation and healing space workshop. Rana is the founder of MALIKAH, a global collective of women committed to building security and power for ourselves and our communities. Over the past eight years, MALIKAH has conducted healing spaces and trained over 3,000 women in self-defense, economic empowerment and organizing. MALIKAH believes that it is our human right to exist in the world free from all forms of violence, and provides women and non-binary individuals with skills to de-escalate violent situations.

Book Talk: War, Women and Power with Marie Berry

April 10, 2018

This talk and panel convened experts in the field of gender, peace and security to discuss the themes in Marie Berry's book — War, Women and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This panel featured Yolande BoukaErica ChenowethMilli Lake and Zoe Marks, with an introduction by Josef Korbel School Acting Dean, Pardis Mahdavi.

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Help us find the best participants for the next IGLI Summer Institute!

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