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Women And Gender in Development Conference

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February 23 – 26, 2021

Given the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Women and Gender in International Development Conference hosted by Virginia Tech will be an online event. The event will create an environment where students, early career faculty, practitioners, and extension professionals are able to learn from gender experts and international agriculture experts promoting inclusive agriculture and rural development. It includes two days of asynchronous, pre-event material and networking and an optional workshop, and two half days of synchronous programming. It will provide new opportunities for students to present their work outside the poster session. We again will focus on research, practice, and methods, this time with a dialogue between people working internationally and domestically.

Stay tuned for a range of virtual activities that we are planning.  You can use the link below to sign-up for updates or follow us on Twitter (@wgdconf) as the date gets closer for more information.



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chair of the Steering Committee of the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development

Dr. Carolyn Sachs, Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Conference Panels

Food systems crisis: Strengthening gender equality and resiliency 
Dr. Hazel Malapit, Senior Research Coordinator, The Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Dr. Mary Peabody, Community Economic Development Specialist, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, and founding director of Women's Ag Network (WAgN) and the UVM Extension New Farmer project

Masculinities and engaging men in conversations on gender equality and women’s empowerment
Dr. Gary Baker, President and CEO, Promundo U.S.
Laxman Belbase, Global Co-Director, MenEngage

Women, land, and power: How does gender intersect with agricultural decision-making in the U.S.?
Dr. Angie Carter, Assistant Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice, Michigan Tech
Dr. Gabrielle McNally, Women for the Land Initiative Director, American Farmland Trust

The colonial development experiment nexus and its gender, race and class impacts in the Caribbean
Dr. Tami Navarro,  Associate Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women
Dr. Halimah Deshong, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to the United Nations, and Head of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit,  The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus


Women & Gender in Development Conference 2019: Out of the theory & into the field

February 28-March 1, 2019 The Inn at Virginia Tech

Women and gender in development conference draws researchers from around the world  - In February 2019, Virginia Tech welcomed nearly 200 students, faculty, and development practitioners to campus to engage in an interactive, intensive learning and networking opportunity and discuss critical issues linked to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and international development. The Women and gender in development conference: Out of the theory and into the field’s interactive program included keynote presentations from renowned experts and leading scholars in the field, hands-on workshops, a dynamic Shift-and-Share session, and a poster session highlighting student research.

See the video below for some highlights from the 2019 Women and Gender in Development Conference.

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