The 4W Summit co-conveners and sponsors are honored to hold this conference under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing, and a Culture of Peace as part of a global United Nations Platform on education, science, and culture. Learn more about this conference and register here! Keynotes and plenaries are free and open to the public, but registration is required and can be found here.
Featuring Keynote Speakers:
May Sabe Phyu
J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture
May Sabe Phyu is the Director of the Gender Equality Network (GEN), a coalition of more than 130 organizations collaborating to advocate for women’s rights to end discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities. She also co-founded the Kachin Peace Network (KPN) and Kachin Women Peace Network (KWPN) to raise awareness of the human cost of conflict and to advocate for peace and reconciliation. She is a dedicated advocate for women’s rights, and her determination in the face of adversity inspires others to push for gender equality.
“We Need to Talk: Because Silence is Sabotage”
An award-winning speaker on the spectrum of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, Katus has told her story to hundreds of audiences. She has helped corporations create safer environments by teaching them how to recognize the symptoms of abuse and has served as part of a taskforce to improve the climate within military structures. Latus is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation.”
Stay tuned for photos from our 2018 celebration of International Women’s Day!
2017 Summit on Women, Gender, and Wellbeing: “Transformative Education: Equity, Sustainability, and Empowerment”
In the spirit of being “Bold For Change,” the 4W Initiative co-sponsored a day-long community event in Madison which brought together women of all backgrounds to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women in many places around the world and to think about ways in which we can accelerate gender parity. To learn more about International Women’s Day click here.
4W Leader Jean Geran will present at this symposium hosted at Georgetown University on Dec 8, 2016. The symposium uses the case of human trafficking to explore the “qualitative and quantitative approaches to measuring the advancement of dignity– including bottom-up, participatory metrics” such as the well-being model being developed by the UNESCO chair and 4W at UW-Madison.
On October 7th, 2016, The Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium convened the Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology. Feminist biology attempts to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology; UW-Madison has the field’s first endowed fellowship program in the nation. Speakers at the Symposium included 4W leadership circle member and director of the campus Center for Research on Gender & Women, Janet Hyde.
2016 Summit on Women, Gender, and Wellbeing
On April 15th and 16th, 2016, 4W and the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium convened a summit on Women, Gender, and Well-being at The Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus. The summit brought prominent global leaders, national and international scholars, practitioners, students, and community members together to share information and experiences and build ongoing networks around timely challenges related to women and wellbeing. Check out this video from our 2016 Summit!
Women and One Health – Critical Links to Human Thriving (an Invited Workshop), April 13-14, 2016
The USDA partnered with the Global Health Institute and the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to convene a Women and One Health Workshop. This closed workshop was an important opportunity for national and international high-level specialists from across disciplines and sectors to come together and examine the roles of women in agriculture around the world through One Health and women’s empowerment lenses. This workshop also featured two artists with work showcasing women in agriculture, Kelly Parks Snider and Amy Franchescini (Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence at UW-Madison).
International Women’s Day Celebration 2016
On March 5th, 2016, 4W Joined AFRICAide in their 3rd annual celebration of International Women’s Day, with the theme “A Pledge for Parity: celebrating women from all walks of life, and exploring how to close the gender gap”. The keynote speaker was Nia Enemuoh-Trammell.
During the month of April, there were free public art exhibits and artist talks in various Madison locations. Events included a photographic display by Kay Chernush that included 23 images coupled with survivor stories, informational panels and facts about trafficking, artist talks with Kay and William Adair, and more! The month was coordinated by the UW-STREETS Project and Gender and Women’s Studies department, in partnership with ArtWorks for Freedom.
On April 29th, there was a free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film about the strength of human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Following the screening a discussion was moderated by Professor Nancy Kendall of UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Panelists included 4W Director, Lori DiPrete Brown.
On April 21st, 4W hosted a public lecture and reception featuring Rhodessa Jones– an actor, writer, director and founder of the internationally acclaimed Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.
Microenterprise and Wellbeing – The Women of Sumak Muyo, WUD Global Connections: Afternoon Conversation Series
As a part of WUD’s Global Connection: Afternoon Conversation Series the women from Sumak Muyo shared their culture and the impact microenterprise opportunities have had on their families and community. Their April 17 & 18 visit included a Conversation Series session, as well as an Artisan Products sale.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, UW-Madison engaged scholars presented flash talks about initiatives to empower women across the world, followed by a reception. The March 9th event was hosted by the 4W Initiative and convened by the Global Health Institute, School of Human Ecology and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
Jean Geran, co-director of STREETS and the 2014-2015 J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor, gave a talk on November 18th, 2014 on the importance of protecting children from exploitation by guaranteeing their right to an identity.
In 1988, UW grad Martha Taylor gave life to a vision: to create the first major gift program at a coed university that was focused on engaging women. The UW Foundation’s Women’s Philanthropy Council celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 18th and 19th with a two-day conference on campus. In addition to honoring Taylor’s legacy, the council heard from keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, as well philanthropy guru Claire Gaudiana and economics expert Valaida Fullwood.