Call for Papers – Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education

Call for Papers – Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education

The Association of Commonwealth Universities and the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka are organizing a conference on “Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education”, in Colombo Sri Lanka 6 – 8 March 2012.

The conference will explore from an essentially gendered perspective a number of key equity, educational and development issues. Through its three sub-themes – Leadership, Economic Development and Research – the conference will endeavour to show that women have both responsibilities and rights to advance their careers and realise their capacity to effect positive change not only within their institutions but also, and even more importantly, within society itself. It will also show how universities “in their curricula, appointments, practices and partnerships, can take the lead in transforming perceptions about, and overcoming discrimination against, women”.

This is absolutely not a conference just for women. It is, rather, an opportunity for the higher education community, male and female, Commonwealth-wide, and for other interested parties in Ministries of Education, national university associations, national and international women’s organisations, business and industry, to engage with the political and ethical arguments in favour of addressing these issues; to identify areas in their own institutions which may need to be challenged or changed; and to share with others examples of policies and strategies which have proved to be particularly effective in their organisations.

For the programme, call for papers and additional information, see:

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