April 6-7, 2006

This conference seeks to explore the role of women in a changing global environment. Women around the world still face tremendous barriers in terms of their physical and economic security.

This conference will explore those barriers and will focus on best practices that are being implemented by international organizations to eliminate those barriers. We seek to explore such topics as violence against women, women's health issues, environmental concerns, political representation, judicial and legal protections, and economic security. Panelists will discuss programs that seek to alleviate violence against women, to enhance the training of judges and to increase economic self-sufficiency, like microcredit programs. International human rights and law reform efforts will also be explored. The goal of the conference is to identify existing barriers and give scholars and experts working in the field an opportunity to discuss how those barriers can best be overcome.

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Submissions from 2006

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Women's Representation on the Courts in the Republic of South Africa, Ruth B. Cowan

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Violence Against Women: An Obstacle to Equality, Sheila Dauer

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Enhancing Human Security: U.S. Policies and Their Health Impact on Women in Sub-Saharan Africa, Tamera Fillinger

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Bringing Women in: Global Strategies for Gender Parity in Political Representation, Yvonne Galligan

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Women and Microfinance: Why We Should Do More, Elissa McCarter

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The Global Advancement of Women: Barriers and Best Practices - Foreword, Paula A. Monopoli