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The conference aims to bring together students, faculty, and professionals in the Greater Boston Area to examine how to effectively integrate gender perspectives into our work as researchers and practitioners. We hope to reach out to a diverse audience, including those who do not have pre-existing expertise in gender analysis but wish to explore how it intersects with their field of interest.

In recent years, concepts such as “Gender Mainstreaming” and “Gender Analysis” have risen on the agenda of international and nongovernmental organizations. There is a growing recognition that gender perspectives are essential: not only for moving towards greater gender equality, but for realizing effective change across issues as diverse as microfinance and migration policy. The conference aims to examine what these potential ‘avenues for change’ entail for policy, research and practice. While viewing women’s rights and participation as central to achieving gender equality, this conference aims to move beyond the simple male/female binary and embrace a holistic approach to gender; one that takes into account competing and overlapping social identities, the role of masculinities, and how socio-political and economic issues affect genders differently.

Through a series of panel discussions and workshops, speakers and participants will discuss strategies approaches adopted within their field and highlight current challenges and gaps in analysis and implementation.

The conference will open on Friday, December 4th with a session that aims to further our thinking about equality, opportunity, and power by examining how gender roles intersect with other social identities. Through interactive activities, participants will be invited to reflect on the ways their gender, racial, socio-economic, national and sexual identities shape their work and lived realities. Building on these reflections, expert speakers will introduce key frameworks for understanding the relevance and impact of thinking through a gender lens, thereby providing a foundation for in-depth discussions on Day 2. The opening session on day 1 will close with a reception for all participants and speakers.

Through three panels on the second day, the conference will explore how gender can be used as a critical analytical lens in the study and practice of each of the three fields of study taught at Fletcher: International Law and Organizations (ILO); Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP); and Economics and International Business (EIB).

Specifically, the three thematic panels will focus on the following topics:
1. Inclusion Through Technology: A Gendered Perspective (EIB)
2. Surviving in the City: Urban Displacement, Identity and Vulnerability (DHP)
3. Gender, Reproductive Justice, and Human Rights (ILO)

Each session will:
● Analyze how current issues in that field impact women, men and transgender individuals differently, taking into account overlapping social and political identities;
● Highlight the impact of gendered approaches and innovations in that field, examining what works, what doesn’t work, and why;
● Discuss gaps and challenges in research, programming efforts, law or policy relevant to that field.

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