The Conference on Gender and International Affairs, taking place on November 15th & 16th, strives to create a platform for academics, practitioners, and community leaders to come together to discuss how gender affects and is affected by today’s global issues. Going into its fifth year, the Conference continues the tradition of student and faculty advocacy at Fletcher to integrate gender analyses into our work.
This year’s theme, [En]gendering Change: A Rally for Action, expands upon the previous four conferences by focusing on how gender can be used pragmatically within the field of international affairs. The Conference would like to create an environment where students and the general public alike will have the opportunity to draw from the dialogues throughout the events in order to take action and foster progressive change themselves. Through this open dialogue, the Conference also endeavors to emphasize the necessity of intersectionality in understanding the gendered dimensions of politics and international affairs.
Through the Conference, we will explore the body as a subject of policy, dive into social movements, examine our own biases and those in the tech industry, explore how women can contribute to conflict and men can be pushed to the margins. This Conference will bring in speakers from around the globe and locally within the Boston area in order to share commonalities and work through differences, to gain new perspectives and reflect on our own communities.