FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Opening Session
Seeing the World through a Gender Lens
Moderator: Dr. Dyan Mazurana
Speakers: Marie O’Reilly, Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Emtithal Mahmoud, and Sebastián Molano
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Alumni and Networking Reception
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
9:30 am – 11:00 am: Panel I
Inclusion Through Technology: A Gendered Perspective
The strength of technology cannot be found in devices. Its true value lies in people’s ability to use technology to transcend borders and social constraints. However, harnessing technology to promote economic and political inclusion is by no means a simple task. This panel will explore the ways in which technology is being used to increase inclusion and access to opportunity for women, girls, and disadvantaged populations. Drawing from experts on technology and development, as well as practitioners, this session will address the following overarching questions:
- How can technology be used to assist people in the pursuit of their economic and political goals, or as a tool for furthering equality?
- How are new technologies, including crowdfunding and online platforms, amongst others, being used to increase inclusion of people of marginalized or at risk populations?
- How can the use of technology affect gender and social relations between men, women, and their larger communities? How can programs and policies be best designed to mitigate potential backlash and harm?
- What are the gaps and challenges in research and programming to ensure that context-relevant technology reaches people equally and meaningfully?
Moderator: Kim Wilson
Speakers: Jamie Dobie, Tanya Henderson, Esq., Dr. Smitha Radhakrishnan, and Dr. Christopher R. Tunnard
11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Panel II
Surviving in the City: Urban Displacement, Identity, and Vulnerability
The Mediterranean refugee crisis has reached dramatic proportions in recent months. UNHCR reported in 2014 that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons worldwide has exceeded 50 million for the first time in the post-WWII era. Growing numbers of displaced people, whether refugees or IDPs, now reside in urban areas rather than camps. Many of these are trapped in protracted refugee situations or unlikely to return to their home country in the near future. However, the majority of humanitarian policy interventions continue to focus on rural areas. We still know relatively little about how displaced people navigate complex urban environments, their relationships with local governance institutions and host communities, capacities for mobilization and rights-claiming, and their specific vulnerabilities compared with other urban poor. This panel will address the particular challenges of urban displacement from a gender perspective. It will focus on the following overarching questions:
● What are the gender dimensions of urban displacement?
● Why is it important? Are there particular patterns, trends and risks that have been overlooked?
● What are the implications for protection needs and outside support & intervention? And what are the implications for host states?
● How do the “three durable solutions” (integration, repatriation, and resettlement) affect urban displaced women/girls and men/boys differently?
Moderator: Dr. Anita Häusermann Fábos
Speakers: Beth Maclin, Dr. Alivelu Ramisetty, and Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Panel III
Reproductive Justice and Human Rights
This panel examines how gender-focused human rights instruments, such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the International Conference on Population and Development, have translated across countries. Speakers will highlight the challenges of implementation as well as opportunities to strengthen adherence to international frameworks at local and national levels. The broader aim is to apply a social justice lens to reproductive rights in order to examine how power imbalances, economic inequalities, culture, and the environment affect sexual and reproductive decision-making. Panelists will further explore how sexual and reproductive decisions differ among genders as well as sexual identities in LGBTQI communities.
Moderator: Dr. Mindy Roseman
Speakers: Pierre R. Berastaín, Loretta Ross, and Dr. Kimberly Theidon
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Keynote Address
Moderator: Dr. Kimberly Theidon
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Enloe
Gender Spaces is an exhibit located in the Hall of Flags throughout the conference that features handmade quilts focusing on issues of gender, peace and security. The exhibit includes quilts provided by Quilt for Change and The Advocacy Project.
Quilt for Change is an initiative by Fletcher alumni Allison and Richard Wilbur (F90). Quilt for Change raises awareness on global issues that affect women and empowers quilters to become agents for social change.
The Advocacy Project is an NGO based in Washington, D.C. that serves the needs of civil society by working with community-based advocates for peace and human rights. In addition to other projects, the organization facilitates the creation of Advocacy Quilts in communities around the world.