Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sue-Ann Barratt

Dr. Sue-Ann Barratt

Head – Institute for Gender and Development Studies
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
West Indies

Tittle: “Championing Gender Justice through Communication: Unveiling the Nuances of Gender-Based Violence and Social Identities in the 21st Century”

Dr. Sue Ann Barratt is Lecturer and Head at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. She is a scholar of human communication and gendered expression and interaction. Dr. Barratt interrogates gender-based violence, especially as it manifests through social discourse. In addition, she explores the nuance and significance of social identities, such as race/ethnicity, for example through her most recent book, “Dougla in the 21st Century: Adding to the Mix”. In general, Dr. Barratt’s research extends to human communication conflict, social media use and its implications, mental health management and its implications for learners, gender and climate adaptation/resilience, and Carnival and cultural studies. She is dedicated to building gender responsiveness and gender justice within society.

Prof. Shoba

Prof. Shoba Rajgopal

Westfield State University

Tittle: “Change-makers: Women’s Studies Scholar-Activism Across the Disciplines”

Prof. Shoba Rajgopal is a distinguished academic and a passionate advocate for gender equality and social justice. She currently serves as the President of our South Asian Feminist Studies Caucus within the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). She is the chair of the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on gender, race and sexuality. With a rich academic background, Prof. Rajgopal holds a Ph.D. in Communication (Media Studies) and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, she boasts two Master’s Degrees, one in English and the other in Communication, and is proficient in five languages. She has also served for 3 years as the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program at Westfield State University and is one of the founding faculty of the EGST Dept. Her research and teaching areas are in postcolonial and transnational feminist theories, Asian queer movements and media representation, South Asian cinema, and globalization, religion, and gender conflicts. Dr. Rajgopal has worked as a TV News Correspondent based in Bombay (Mumbai), India, for the Indian TV networks and won plaudits for her news reportage. She has also done in-depth news reports for Indian TV and CNN International on political and social issues in India, focusing on the rights of women and indigenous communities.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. O. Sipuka

Dr. O. Sipuka

Dean of Students University of South Africa South Africa

Dr Olwethu Sipuka (PhD) has extensive experience in the higher education and training, regulatory, and policy advocacy sectors. He is currently the Dean of Students at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He has served as the Chief of Party of the Southern Africa Regional Learning Centre – Young African Leaders Initiative (YALi) based at the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership. He has worked as the head of skills development at the now South African Disability Development Trust. He previously served as a National Youth Commissioner in the Presidency, advising the government on youth development.
Dr Sipuka serves on the boards of the National Development Agency (NDA) and the National Skills Authority (NSA). He previously served on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), Aspire and Down Syndrome South Africa (DSSA) boards. He specializes in higher education and training management, policy development and monitoring, disability and youth mainstreaming, stakeholder management, research, corporate governance, communication, public participation, skills development and project management. He holds a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town. Dr Olwethu Sipuka is an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Francesca Braga

Francesca Braga

Legal Consultant for the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies

Tittle: “Ending Gender-Based Violence: Justice and Education in Cambodia.”

Francesca Braga is an international human rights lawyer, and researcher specialized in international criminal and human rights law. Her current research focuses on the meaning of “inhumanity” in international law. She is a Consultant for Istituto degli Innocenti and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies in Italy. She holds a law degree and two LLMs in international law (United Nations 2016, Fordham University School of Law 2018).

Goddes Hope Libiran

Goddes Hope Libiran

Deputy Minister, Department of Budget and Management, Republic of the Philippines;
One-Star General, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary;
Journalist and Social Media Influencer;
Media and PR Strategist

Tittle: “Advancing Women Empowerment and Strengthening Gender Equality and Development in the Government Sector”

Deputy Minister Goddes Hope Libiran is the current Undersecretary of the Media Affairs and Community Relations Office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the Philippines. She is likewise the Chairperson of the DBM Bids and Awards Committee, and its alternate representative to the Philippine Commission on Women.

She graduated with distinction and top of her class, with a degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the East Manila, and earned her Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Sydney in Australia. She is currently taking up her MBA in Media Leadership from the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom.

Usec. Goddes is a renowned journalist in the Philippines, both serving as an opinion columnist in the country’s largest newspaper company, and as a broadcast media anchor in the government’s flagship TV and radio program. Further, she is a social media influencer with over 400,000 followers on Facebook.

She holds the rank of an Auxiliary Commodore or a One-Star General at the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and likewise serves as a member of the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board.

In recognition to her performance in government communications and public relations, Usec. Goddes was recently awarded as the Philippines’ Top Government Communicator for full year 2023, with a job performance rating of 89.67%.

Usec Goddes is currently considered as one of the youngest deputy ministers in the Philippines, and is known for her staunch advocacies in transparency, development communication, good governance, gender equality and women empowerment.

Call for Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the “Call for Speakers” for the Women’s Studies 2024, centered around the theme “Change-makers: Women’s Studies Scholar-Activism Across the Disciplines” We invite passionate and knowledgeable individuals from diverse backgrounds to share their expertise, insights, and experiences at this groundbreaking event.

Keynote Speakers (Only 2 slots available)

Influential individuals and academics with titles that resonate with the conference theme, “Change-makers: Women’s Studies Scholar-Activism Across the Disciplines” are invited to deliver captivating keynote speeches at the Future of Women 2024. To be considered as a keynote speaker for the Women’s Studies 2024 Conference, we are looking for individuals who possess outstanding qualifications on the below:

  • Expertise and Knowledge in the field
  • Impactful Achievements
  • Dynamic Speaking Skills
  • Inspirational Leadership

Plenary Speakers

As a plenary speaker, you will have the opportunity to address a diverse audience of passionate attendees and share your expertise, insights, and experiences. We are specifically looking for speakers who can inspire and provide actionable strategies for transforming the women’s world.


  • Women and health, Maternity and Paternity leave, Constraints for single mothers
  • Diversity in political representation, Women in power, politics, and decision-making
  • Under-representation/misrepresentation of women in the media, movies, and literature
  • Child Marriage and the Discrimination of the girl child
  • Women and workplace, Gender Pay Gap, Glass ceiling and sticky floors
  • Gender-based Violence, Women in armed conflict and Crisis
  • Gender-based Cyber-Violence, and Misogynistic Online-Movements
  • Human rights of women, Gender Equality and empowerment
  • Masculinities, Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality
  • Institutional mechanism for the advancement of women, Education and training of women. Closing the Technology Gender Gap
  • Sustainable development, natural resource management and the conservation of the environment
  • Combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI)

Apply Now

We are currently accepting submissions. Be a part of this and contribute to shaping the future of women.

The deadline for submissions is March 30, 2024. All submissions will undergo a review process by the conference board, and selected speakers will be notified within 7 days

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a catalyst for change and inspire women worldwide. Together, let’s create a future where women thrive and their potential knows no bounds.

Registration Fee Table - Speakers & Storytellers
Fee (Physical)
Fee (Virtual)
Time Slots
Keynote Speakers
USD 550
USD 300
40 minutes
Plenary Speakers
USD 520
USD 270
30 Minutes
USD 500
USD 250
20 Minutes