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WCW To Host Conference on Violence Against Women

April 6, 2004

Wellesley, MA — The Wellesley Centers for Women will hostits 2004 International Research & Action Conference: Innovations in Understanding Violence Against Women April 25-28, 2004,in Wellesley, MA. The conference, co-chaired by Linda Williams, Nada Aoudeh,and Victoria Banyard, will build global collaborations to mitigateand prevent violence against women, a critical issue that crossesall national, economic, ethnic, and social lines. The conferencewill foster the sharing, demonstration, and promotion of innovativeresearch among participants from more than 30 countries. This three-daym eeting will include presentations and discussions on:

  • Violence against women in war zones and conflict areas
  • Prostitution and trafficking
  • Violence against women and HIV/AIDS
  • Gender-based violence in schools
  • Violence against women as a violation of human rights

Conference highlightsinclude:
Opening plenary, Sunday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.

  • Carolyn West, University of Washington, Tacoma
    Charting a New Course: New Directions for Action and Research on Gender-Based Violence

Keynote address, Monday, April 26, 8:45 a.m.

  • Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University
    Violence Against Women in War Zones and Conflict Areas: The Forgotten Crimes

Panel plenary, Tuesday, April 27, 8:45 a.m.
Women at the Crossroad:Violence and the Intersection of Multiple Oppressions

  • Sherene Razack, University of Toronto
    Imperilled Muslim Women, Dangerous Muslim Men and Civilized Europeans: Legal and Social Responses to Forced Marriages
  • Khatidja Chantler, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
    Domestic Violence: Critical Perspectives on Persecutors, Rescuers and Victims
  • Naeemah Abrahams, South Africa Medical Research Council
    South African Responses to Gender Based Violence: Engaging with the Issues of Race, Class, Culture, and Gender

Closing session, Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.

  • Indai Sajor, United Nations University of Peace
    The Women's Movement: Confronting the Backlash, Consolidating our Gains and Organizing for Change

Boston-area participants will include, in addition to presentersfrom the Wellesley Centers for Women and Wellesley College, representatives of:

  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • New England School of Law
  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez
  • Brandeis University
  • Wheaton College

The conference will be held at the Babson Centerfor Executive Education in Wellesley, MA. More detailed information, including an overview of the agenda, is available here.

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the world’s largest women’sresearch organization and is a resource for expert opinion, analysis, and recommendedaction on an array of issues, including national and international gender violence,women and leadership, women's psychological growth and development, genderequitable education, out-of-school time, and child and adolescent self-identityand development.

2004 marks 30 years of groundbreaking work at WCW, work thathas generated changes in policies, practices, and attitudes bypresenting innovative ways of looking at critical issues.

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