CONFERENCE “Conflict Transformation through Economic Development and Innovation,”

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 00:00 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 00:00
UMass Lowell

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights worked with UMass system partners to plan the first public university conference of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP).  The conference, on “Conflict Transformation through Economic Development and Innovation,” was held June 3 -5, 2013, at UMass Lowell.  The conference delegates were women leaders from Afghanistan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and Turkey.

The Consortium organized a pre-conference workshop for the delegates, to provide the opportunity for the delegates to learn about and from each other and to exchange expertise and experience before the formal schedule of the conference.  
The Consortium also organized the conference’s opening plenary session, on “The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected States.”  It included a panel of speakers from Pakistan, Sudan and the U.S., followed by workshops on topics such as gender-budgeting and the ambiguous effects of micro-finance programs for women. (Click here for more information about the panel’s aims and participants. A full report is forthcoming.)
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Five Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley – and is now housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Founded in 2011, it has now grown to include other institutions higher education and partner institutions around the world. The initiative seeks to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide, and support the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. 

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