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UW receives UN chair for global work on gender, wellbeing and peace

The University of Wisconsin—Madison has been awarded a UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and a Culture of Peace, a first in the state of Wisconsin and a first for the university in any area. It creates a global platform for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and 4W.

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Ruth Davis Design Gallery Showcases Products from 4W’s Wellbeing through Design and Microenterprise Project 

1e901ecc-c536-4f98-8b05-b492464be34fIf you’re in Madison this summer, take the opportunity to bear witness to the artistry and ingenuity born out of one of 4W’s own projects, Wellbeing through Design and Microenterprise. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery, in Nancy Nicholas Hall, has organized the exhibition Wisconsin Without Borders: A Global Initiative for the summer of 2017. This exhibition highlights products developed in partnership with artisans in Mexico, Kenya, and India. From now until August 25th, the exhibit will be open Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm. During the summer months parking near Nancy Nicholas Hall is quite accessible, particularly at the Lot 20 Ramp (1390 University Avenue).

Dr. Nawal El Saadawi Shares Her Insight on Transnational Feminism 

Dr. Nawal  El Saadawi (Egypt) was unable to participate in the 4W Summit in the April 28th plenary. The plenary was entitled ‘Transformative Transnational Feminism: Theory and Praxis for the Future of Feminism.”  Dr.  El Saadawi shared her intended remarks in writing where she said “We should be free to criticize ourselves and others. We should be free to criticize any political, personal, religious, cultural, economic, or social system. But freedom should not be split from responsibility, sympathy and knowledge. I have to study your culture very well to be able to criticize it.”  View her intended responses to the questions posed by the plenary facilitators Dr. Devaleena Das (India) and Dr. Colette Morrow (USA) by clicking here.

 4W Speaks Out Against the Global Gag Rule on WSUM Podcast 

4W Initiative Director, Lori DiPrete Brown, and 4W Initiative Intern, Soraya Vaezi, joined a panel discussing the detrimental effects of the newly reinstated Global Gag Rule, and its potential consequences for women’s health and wellbeing worldwide. The podcast is a part of a series conducted by UW-Madison student Sofi Lalonde that aims to give a feminist perspective on politics and pop culture. Click here to listen to the full audio recording.


UW-Madison faculty member, Dr. Jenny Higgins, new Guttmacher Institute Board Chair-Elect.

Dr. Jenny Higgins, faculty member in the Gender and Women’s Studies department and affiliate in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Population Health Sciences and the Center for Demography and Ecology, is now Chair-Elect of the Guttmacher Institute Board. The Guttmacher Institute promotes sexual and reproductive rights in the US and abroad through strategic communications, evidence-based advocacy, and high quality research. Dr. Higgins has served on the board since 2011. You can read more about her research and publications here.

4W Leader Janet Hyde receives APA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Psychology professor Janet Shibley Hyde is the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award…“When I began this work in the 1970s, the psychology of women and gender was very marginalized,” she says. “One of my goals, and that of others in the field, was to make it central to psychology. We’ve made great progress toward that goal.””

4W Director Lori DiPrete Brown presents “The 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative: Leadership Lessons for Fostering Change” at TEMPO.

Lori leads a session on fostering the development of the 4W Initiative for TEMPO, a peer-to-peer organization in greater Madison that connects women leaders with diverse backgrounds and experience to support, advise, learn and create relationships with one another.

First Annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Wellbeing. 

Isthmus highlights workshops, speakers, and featured events of the 4W Summit.

UW STREETS Project and the UW Gender and Women’s Studies coordinate campaign with ArtWorks for Freedom.

Throughout the month of April there were free public art exhibits and featured artist talks around UW-Madison presented by ArtWorks for Freedom, an organization which aims to increase awareness and dialogue around human trafficking. Events included a photographic display by Kay Chernush that includes 23 images coupled with survivor stories, informational panels and facts about trafficking, artist talks with Kay and William Adair, and more. The campaign was coordinated by the UW-STREETS Project and Gender and Women’s Studies department, in partnership with ArtWorks for Freedom.

Lori DiPrete Brown, 4W Director, receives Women’s Philanthropy Council Champion Award. 

Lori Di Prete Brown was one of two recipients of the Women’s Philanthropy Council Champion Award for advancing the status of women at the university through the development of the 4W Initiative.

Chancellor highlights 4W Initiative in budget presentation to regents

During her February 5th, 2015 presentation to the UW Board of Regents Chancellor Blank expresses excitement about the 4W Initiative’s work.

4W Director Lori DiPrete Brown featured in BRAVA Magazine.

In the the May 2015 edition of Brava Magazine Lori discusses her work and what drove her to work on improving global health.

The Wisconsin Women Making History Website Launches

On Sunday, March 8th, International Women’s Day 2015, the Wisconsin Women Making History website launched. The public media campaign uses documentaries to showcase the extraordinary women that are changing the world and aims to celebrate and honor the women who have helped shape Wisconsin and guide future leaders. The Wisconsin Women Making History project is part of the national PBS/ITVS Women and Girls Lead multi-year initiative and it will use its many partnerships to engage communities. (womeninwisconsin.org)