Upcoming Event: Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace

Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace


Wednesday, September 24, – Thursday, September 25, 2019


University of Maryland, College Park

Colony Ballroom

Adele H. Stamp Student Union

3972 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20742, USA

Women in the World: Time for a New Paradigm for Peace

We are about to enter the third decade of the twenty first century and women continue to face obstacles to their equal participation in all areas of daily life, political, social, and economic. These obstacles persist despite the growth in the education of girls, despite large scale social movements, and political waves. This conference seeks to widen and deepen our understanding of women in relation to the inequalities they face, based not only on gender, but on race, class, religion, and more. It also seeks to highlight the progress that women have made, and how this progress contributes to the creation of more peaceful and prosperous societies. 

On September 24th and 25th, The Baha’i Chair for World Peace will host 4 keynote speakers as well as scholars and practitioners from across the globe. They will offer a wide range of perspectives and experiences, examine crucial questions, offer new ideas, and innovative solutions to increasing the role of women moving forward. 

Follow the conference online using the hashtag: #bahaichair 

About Our Keynote Speakers: 

On September 24th Galia Golan, Marie Berry, and Jane Parpart will examine topics and questions like “What Blocks Women from Equality?”,Fighting for Rights: Stories from Women Activists Mobilizing for Change“, “Exploring the Power of Silence in a Troubled World: A Gendered Approach” and “Are there male brains and female brains? And why do we care?” respectively.

Professor Galia Golan 

Professor Galia Golan is Darwin Professor Emerita, formerly Chair of the Political Science Department, founder of the Lafer Center for Women’s Studies, and of Israel’s first women’s studies program in 1981, all at the Hebrew University. She is a member of the Board of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Studies, author of 10 books, most recently Israeli Peace-making since 1967: factors Behind the Breakthroughs and Failures, co-edited with Walid Salem of Non-State Actors in the Middle East for Democracy and Peace, and with Gilead Sher, Spoilers and Spoiling in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (forthcoming). Dr. Golan is also a member of the national executive of Meretz, and associate editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and a member of the editorial board of the Palestine-Israel Journal, she was a founding leader of Peace Now; today she is a leading member of Combatants for Peace. She was a founding member of the Jerusalem Link: A joint Israeli-Palestinian Women’s Venture for Peace. Dr. Golan received the International Studies Association 2019 Distinguished Scholar/Activist Award and 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award in Peace Studies; the 2007 Israel Political Science Association Award for lifetime achievement; the 1999 Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award, and the 1995 New Israel Fund Award for Women in Leadership.

Dr. Marie Berry 

Dr. Marie Berry is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she is an affiliate of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. She is also the Director of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), an effort to catalyze research, education, and programming aimed at elevating and amplifying the work that women activists are doing at the grassroots to advance peace, justice, and human rights across the world. As a sociologist, her research focuses on violence, gender, and politics. Her first book, War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Cambridge University Press 2018), examines the impact of mass violence on women’s political mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia. Her second book project explores women’s participation in movements for social change across the world. Together with Dr. Milli Lake (LSE), she runs the Women’s Rights After War Project. Dr. Berry’s award-winning work has been published in places like Gender & Society, Democratization, Signs, New Political Economy, Mobilization, Politics & Gender, Foreign Policy, The Society Pages, The Monkey Cage, and Political Violence @ A Glance.

Professor Jane L. Parpart

Professor Jane L. Parpart is emeritus professor and the former Lester Pearson Chair in international development at Dalhousie University, as well as adjunct research professor at Carleton University, University of Ottawa and University of Massachusetts Boston. She has written extensively on gender and development; gender mainstreaming and empowerment; masculinities and (in)security as well as gender, agency and silence/voice in insecure sites, particularly in urban Southern Africa . Her recent writings include: Rethinking the Man Question, with Marysia Zalewski (eds) (2008); “Exploring the Transformative Potential of Gender Mainstreaming in International Development Institutions” (Journal of International Development, 2014); “Militarized Masculinities, Heroes and Gender Inequality during and after the nationalist struggle in Zimbabwe” (NORMA, 2016); “Imagined Peace, Gender Relations and Post-conflict Transformation,” in J. Kaufman and K. Williams (eds) Women, Gender Equality and Post-conflict Transformation (Routledge, 2017); and J. Parpart and S. Parashar (eds) Rethinking Silence, Voice and Agency in Contested Gendered Terrains (Routledge, 2019).    

Professor Daphna Joel 

Professor Daphna Joel is a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, at the School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University. She studies questions related to brain, sex and gender. In a series of papers she has described and tested the ‘mosaic’ hypothesis – the claim that sex differences in the brain do not add-up consistently in individuals; rather, most brains are composed of both features more common in females and features more common in males. Other studies focused on the perception of gender identity and its relation to sexuality. Ongoing studies attempt to characterize the relations between sex and brain structure and function. She is also the author of forthcoming GENDER MOSAIC.


About the Author: Kathryn Obisesan is a senior Government and Politics – International Relations and Economics double major. She also has studied International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. Through bringing awareness and implementing thoughtful global philosophy and theory, she hopes the world can progress towards an order rooted in peace and understanding.

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