THIS CONFERENCE OFFERS A PLATFORM FOR:
All submitted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, edited under the Creative Commons Licence (Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International/CC BY-ND 4.0), which will also contain a report and catalogue of activities. This book will be available on the WomenBeing webpage to download for free, and it will also be freely distributed to schools, institutions, research centres and individuals who request it.
The aim of this conference is to create an international forum for debate and exchange on the main challenges facing women in today’s society, and to reflect on the ways in which we can, individually and collectively, propose solutions to these problems.
The conference begins on the 10th of October – Ada Lovelace day – which celebrates women of the present and the past, whose achievements have contributed so much to humanity. Like Ada Lovelace, there are many women fighting for equality, for their rights, and for peace. In the last year, there has been a growing awareness of the need to address the problems that women are experiencing, to speak and to take action.
WomenBeing builds upon this momentum by providing a ‘loudspeaker’ for academics, civil servants, researchers, social activists, journalists and private individuals to make their voices heard on the main challenges that women are facing in 2017.
Join us on the 10th and 11th of October in Edinburgh to enrich our discussions.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Professor Emma L. E. Rees
‘Who broke feminism? The obligation of privilege’
Emma Rees is Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, and Director of the Institute of Gender Studies.
She has written extensively in the field of gender and representation, and her most recent book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (Bloomsbury) came out in paperback early in 2015. She is currently finishing her third book, due to be published in 2018, which has the working title of That is a Feminist Issue.
Migrant Women in Europe: Finding Political Voice through Radical Sisterhood
Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, Anna has over 10 years of experience in the area of intersectional feminist analysis of violence & discrimination against women, with specific focus on migrant women, sexual exploitation and care economy.
She is a former Research Analyst with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) and a selected expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). She served as European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) chair in 2014-2017 and currently works on the capacity building of the network, strategic advocacy and strengthening the inclusion of migrant women voices in the EU decision-making across such areas as access to labour & justice, sexual & reproductive rights and civic participation.
Equally flawless: The beauty of diversity and equal representation of women in the fashion, media, and creative industry
Tina Antwi, also known as Tina Charisma is a finalist of Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 as well as a Model, Speaker, Writer and a Youth Development Worker based in London. She campaigns, writes and speaks on issues related to women, diversity, culture, beauty, media and education. In addition, Tina is currently writing her book “Black Skin Carved Mask” which focuses on sense of belonging and identity of second generation West African immigrants in the UK.
WomenBeingWork: How women out of work, on fringes of work, in low paid or insecure work can gain control of their working lives.
Jane Mansour has a rich and varied combination of international operational and policy experience in the employment, skills and anti-poverty fields.
She has been at the forefront of highlighting the need for long-term, career path-led approaches in active labour market programmes, publishing Skills and Sustainable Welfare to Work in 2005.
Recent research work has involved identifying how to improve access to skills support for people in low-paid work; identifying how to build better employment and skills services for female refugees and asylum seekers; and the publication of a review of UK child poverty policy in the US journal Academic Pediatrics.
As an independent consultant her clients include the World Bank, UK and US think tanks, delivery organisations, international charities and social enterprises. She was the founder and Director of the Ingeus Centre for Policy and Research, a think tank embedded within a welfare-to- work delivery organisation, before leaving for a four-year stint in Boston in 2010.
She returned to the UK in August 2014. Her expertise is in translating policy goals into practical, deliverable interventions.
Dr. Kate Sang
Women working in male dominated professions: An intersectional analysis.
She is Professor of Gender & Employment Studies, in the Department of Business Management of the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Using feminist theory, her research examines how gender inequality is maintained in male dominated professions, including the creative industries and academia.
In addition. Kate is researching gender and in-work poverty and supervising PhDs exploring organisational culture, gender and behaviour change.
Kate chairs the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK & Ireland.
Neo-rural mompreneur: Mastering Work-life balance
Target-driven and enthusiastic professional, mother of two beautiful angels, Leticia Romeo is the Founder and CEO of Vamos Scotland.
With over 8 years experience as creative industries business adviser and management consultant, Leticia is specialised in promoting and developing awareness of Spanish and Latin-American culture across Scotland as well as creating career development opportunities for recent graduates.
“Successful creative enterprises integrate creativity and business. My approach combines creative passion with the best tailored business solutions”
Esperanza Jubera García
How to change the world inside and outside the walls of a science lab.
Researcher on cognitive neurosciences in the Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences (Free University of Brussels).
Her main focus of study is mind wandering. More in detail, how our minds flow from a current task (e.g. driving back home) to unrelated thoughts (as the food that we will prepare for dinner). Still, we are able to behave appropriately (detecting a cat suddenly crossing the road), although a mind not tied up to the here and now is closer to the norm rather than the exception.
Although she has always imagined that her contribution to the world would be from a lab, as a “trained mind-wanderer”, her mind is also occupy by being the representative of Podemos, a new political party in Spain, for the Spanish people that live abroad.
Both as an empirical researcher and a politician, she confronts the daily challenges of being a woman.
Ingrained gender bias in academia: How I realised I needed female role models.
Sonali is a Chancellors PhD Fellow in Theoretical Physics at the University of Sussex at Brighton.
Her research deals with Black holes and Quantum Gravity. She is also a blogger, poet, spoken word performer and the author of the poetry compilation “Leaking Ink”.
She uses her blog, poetry and Facebook as means of effective dialogue to spread awareness regarding gender struggles both in and out of academia drawing on her own experience and stories shared with her by others.
The Importance of Being Yourself & Encouraging Others to do the Same.
Karen Harvey is Founder and Director of Shutter Hub, the photography organisation supporting and promoting creative photographers internationally through exhibitions, networking and opportunities.
With a wide range of experience working as a photographer and writer, creative consultant, mentor and curator, Karen has spoken about developing a career in the photography industry on many occasions, most notably at Foam Museum Amsterdam, the National Photography Symposium, London Art Fair, London Photomonth, the Festival of Creative Industries, and across the UK at universities and colleges.
Dr. Skye Saunders
‘Grace Under Fire’- A Short Film Screening and Conversation with Dr Skye Saunders of the Australian National University.
Dr Skye Saunders is a legal academic from the Australian National University and is an advocate for issues of sexual harassment and bullying in Australia. With a particular interest in gendered harm in rural communities, she is the author of the book, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women. In collaboration with the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Skye has just recently finished making a short film based on Whispers from the Bush called ‘Grace Under Fire’. Skye is also the Acting Director of the Australian National University’s professional legal education programs and has formerly practised as a solicitor in the area of Employment/ Discrimination Law in Canberra. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Australia and internationally.
A. H. M. Ershad Uddin
Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey
Title of work: The institution of marriage in a misleading direction due to societal and environmental factors: an evaluation in the light of Islamic Law
A. O. Fahm
University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Title of the work: Contesting the Disparity Bill on Inheritance: An Investigation into Islamic View on Gender Equity in Nigeria
University of Cumbria, United Kingdom
Title of the work: How can I improve my practice? A journey into my personal and professional growth as a development worker engaged with gender inequalities in Ethiopia
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Title of work: An evaluation of the labour input of female administrative staff in Nigerian Public Universities
Daniela Di Basilio
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Title of work: Leaving an abusive relationship: a dual perspective
Berhampur University, India
Title of work: Muslim girls child education profile in Sambalpur town of Odisha
Ghant University, Belgium
Title of work: The challenge of integrating gender analysis in gender non-related research: The experience of an interdisciplinary project on multimedia cultural heritage
Fiona Abades Barclay
Title of work: ‘It’s not luck. it’s called DISCIPLINE”: Exploring discourses of fitness and gender on social media networks.
Francesca El Asmar
Women’s Access to Justice Project Officer – Oxfam, Lebanon
Title of work: Writing Lebanese Women into History: Masculinity, Femininity and the Civil War
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Title of work: Exposure to SRHR knowledge among young university students, and prevention of Violence against women and girls in Bangladesh
Crisil Ltd., India
Title of work: Gender Pay gap – seeking dialogue
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Title of work: “Camp Wives”: Working class Women in Northwestern Canada
Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Title of work: Fake news? Sexual harassments and attacks as causes of failure
University of Arkansas, United States of America
Title of work: Policing Rape Complaints: When Reporting Rape Becomes a Crime
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Title of work: How does the heteronormative structure of a given country affect its people’s attitudes towards homosexuality? Establishing a Heteronormative Typology
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Title of work: Perspectives of the gender equity in science and higher education institutions in Ukraine
University of Reading, United Kingdom
Title of work: Elements of poverty and it’s relationship to gender inequalities: a case study in India
University of Reading, United Kingdom
Title of work: Is mobile technology gender neutral: complex intersectionalities of gender, mobile technology and inequalities?
Zahra Sheikhi Shahidzadeh
Persian Gulf University of Bushehr, Islamic Republic of Iran
Title of work: Reversal of the role of the sexes in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”