4W Summit

Every year, 4W collaborates with the Women’s & Gender Studies Consortium to organize the annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Wellbeing and the Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference. In 2017, the conference brought together over 700 participants—scholars of gender from many disciplines, as well as community members and activists—from across Wisconsin and around the world.

“The Summit is a wonderful event. It a place where applied feminism comes together with academic Gender & Women’s Studies in the attendance and presentations of community activists and field scholars...I am proud to be a part of this community of scholars, faculty, students, and activists.”

2017 Attendee

UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing, and a Culture of Peace

In 2016, the excellent work of 4W was recognized when UW-Madison was awarded a UNESCO chair. The UNESCO Chairs Programme “promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities.” Those honored “serve as think tanks and bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.” Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.

There are nearly 700 UNESCO Chairs across 123 countries. One of 20 chairs in the United States, the Chair at UW-Madison is the only one to address gender and wellbeing. The UNESCO Program is co-directed by Araceli Alonso, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and 4W Leader, and Teresa Langle de Paz, of Women’s Knowledge International, a network of the Fundación Cultura de Paz, which is affiliated with the University of Madrid.

Teresa Langle de Paz and Araceli Alonso in Spain, 2016. (Photo by Lori DiPrete Brown)

The 4W Initiative provides leadership among institutions of higher education around the world, and has a global impact on research, education, policy, and practice. Our Annual 4W Summit, held under the auspices of our UNESCO Chair Programme, allows us to address pressing issues related to women and wellbeing. Topic-specific 4W Forums connect scholars and practitioners from around the world.