Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities to host international conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls to be held at CNU, March 3-5, 2016

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foster inquiries into the complex and multifocal issues faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. We have invited scholars from all academic disciplines to submit proposals addressing the political, social, economic, psychological, developmental, educational, literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, ethical and health issues of women and girls. The conference seeks not only to clarify key questions that must be asked in this vital area of public policy but also to unearth the forces that created these current dilemmas. Through the interdisciplinary study of past and present, the conference will engage researchers in policy conversations benefiting the global community.

The conference keynote speaker is Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Sheryl Wu Dunn. The conference will also feature a screening of the film He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Submissions from multiple academic disciplines – including but not limited to history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, chemistry, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature – have been received and are currently under review. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The feminization of poverty
  • Wage inequality
  • Women in the workplace
  • Child marriage
  • War and women
  • Human trafficking
  • Environmental change and the economic status of women
  • Religion and the status of women
  • Girls and education
  • Sexual assault / rape
  • Disability and accessibility
  • Relational aggression between girls and women
  • Mental health and women
  • Artistic, mediated and literary representations / performances
  • Social media and social change for women and girls
  • Gender identity and socialization
  • Social policy and the state of women and girls

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