The Success Story of WCWS 2018

The 4th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2018 was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka together with Bridgewater State University, United States as the Hosting Partner and Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Nepal and Rikkyo University, Japan as the academic partners of the conference.


Dr. Jinky Leilanie Lu

Research Professor
National Institutes of Health
University of the Philippines Manila

Diana J. Fox, PhD

[ Professor and Chairperson ]
Department of Anthropology,
Journal of International Women’s Studies,
Bridgewater State University,

Chaymae Samir

Entrepreneur I Columnist
United Kingdom

Ms. Senela Jayasuriya-Abeynaike

[ Invited Speaker ]
Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global


Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan

Bridgewater State University


  • Dr Subeshini Moodley
    Nelson Mandela University
    South Africa

  • Prof. Masue Kato
    Rikkyo University

  • Dr. Melissa Tombro
    The State University of New York

  • Dr. Sudeshna Ghosh
    cottish Church College

  • Dr. Bonita Hampton
    SUNY Oswego
  • Prof. Dr. Mira Sonntag
    Rikkyo University

  • Dr. Urmishree Bedamatta
    Ravenshaw University

  • Dr. Sumi Daa-dhora
    Assam University Diphu Campus

  • Dr. Qurat ul Ain
    University of Gujrat

  • Dr. Syazliana Astrah
    Ministry of Women
  • Dr. Kalyani Vallath
    Total English Solutions (TES) Trivandrum

  • Dr. Enav Friedmann
    University of Bar Ilan

  • Prof. Julie Cwikel
    University of Bar Ilan

  • Dr. Rekha Mahadev
    Nelson Mandela University
    South Africa

  • Prof. Nidhi Arora
    Banasthali Vidyapith
  • Dr. Helen Jaqueline McLaren
    Flinders University

  • Dr. Marianna Vargas de Freitas Cruz Leite
    University of Coimbra

  • Prof. Antonia Navarro Tejer
    University of Cordoba


  • Prof. Diana Fox
    Bridgewater State University
  • Dr. JInky Leilanie Lu
    University of the Philippines Manila
  • Ms. Senela Jayasuriya
    Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global
    Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan
    Bridgewater State University


We provide you the opportunity to publish your paper with well-known publishers

Papers presented (oral presentations, virtual presentations and poster presentations) in the 4th World conference on Women’s Studies 2018 being considered for possible publications in following journals. Best selected full papers will be published for free of charge.

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All accepted abstracts for The 4th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2018 will be published in the conference abstract book with ISBN 978-955-4903-98-2. All full papers will be accepted through a double blind reviewed process and will be published electronically with ISSN  2424-6743 in proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).

Peer-reviewed and accepted full papers from the participants of The 4th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2018 successfully published in the following prestigious journals.
The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) honors the commitment to raising the standard for research and broadening the knowledge in the pertinent fields.

Journal of International Women’s Studies (Special issue): Published!

The Volume 20, Issue 03 (2019), dedicated for selected papers from the 4th World Conference on Women’s Studies (2018) has been published online.
Visit  to view the editorial and papers.
ISSN: 1539-8706
Guest Editor: Dr. Madhavi Venkatasen
Executive Editors:
Diana Fox, Bridgewater State University, MA, USA
Cami Sanderson, Ferris State University, MI, USA

Journal Link : Click here

The Journal is indexed with the MLA International Bibliography, The International Bibliography of Social Sciences, EBSCO, Elsevier Bibliographic Databases, Ulrich’s Periodicals, the Gale Group, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), SCOPUS, and ProQuest Bibliographical References.

International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 1756-6266
Editor in Chief: Professor Colette Henry, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

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WCWS – Conference Proceedings – Issue 1

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WCWS – Conference Proceedings – Issue 2

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Inauguration Ceremony

    The conference was held on 5th – 7th May 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. WCWS 2018 was organized under the theme Women’s Studies: Gendered scholarship, activism, and storytelling for a sustainable planet and was chaired by Prof. Diana J. Fox, Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, USA.

The opening remarks of WCWS 2018 were made by Prof. Diana J. Fox (Conference Chair) together with Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Managing Director, The International Institute of Knowledge Management).

Keynote Forum

Key note forum was the one of the most significant moments during the conference and it was enlightened by the key note speech by Dr. Jinky Leilanie Lu Research Professor National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila Philippines. The second keynote speech was delivered by Ms. Senela Jayasuriya-Abeynaike, Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global. The plenary speech was done by Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan under the topic of “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development”


Students’ Gathering

The student gathering had been facilitated by Ms. Senela Jayasuruya and Mr. Hans Bilimoria under the topic Young women and social media with respect to “Cyberbullying” which was an interactive session enriched by plenty of insights from participants.


WCWS 18’ Forum

WCWS 2018 Forum Under the theme of “Women’s Economic Empowerment and Increasing leadership opportunities” has shared Knowledge by Moderator Ms. Gayani Del Alwis, Management Consultant & Lecturer Founding Chairperson of WiLAT.  Panelists Ms. Neela Marikkar, Chairperson/Managing Director, Grant Advertising (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Nawaz Mohommed, Search for Common Ground’s Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives, Dr. Sulochana Segera, Chairperson & Founder of the Women in Management Chief Innovation Officer, Professional Career Women Awards Founder, WIM Single Mother Project. Prof. Kamala Liyanage, Senior Professor in Political Science University of Peradeniya,



  • Gender and sexual diversity
  • Women’s Studies Curricula
  • Challenges in pursuing Women’s Studies scholarship
  • Feminist research methodologies in relation to activism
  • The role of positionality in research and activism
  • Women and educational—access and transformation
  • Women, farming, and climate change
  • Women, sanitation, and access to water
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and access to family planning
  • Women and institutional representation
  • Women’s Studies and the interrogation of masculinity
  • Lessons from History
  • Women in literature and the arts
  • Telling women’s stories
  • The nature of sisterhood
  • Mixing and matching of ideas and ideologies


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Hosting Partner


Academic Partners


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Strategic Partner

Sri Lanka Convention Bureau

Official Airline Partner

SriLankan Airlines

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Media Partner


Aqleem Fatimah

Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad

Prof. Patricia Mohammed

School for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies,
Trinidad,West Indies

Ms. Namrata Choudhury

Jawaharlal Nehru University

A final note on the success of WCWS 2017

NCCR as the academic partner

Bishnu Raj Upreti,
Academic Partner

As one of the members of the academic partners (A research organisation called Kathmandu based Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research) of the 4 th World Conference, I had change to intimately engage in the evaluation of abstracts/papers, chairing of sessions and commenting/evaluating the presentations. Participation of researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners around the world made this conference not only unique but also provided opportunities theoretical, conceptual, and methodological and policy debate; space for cross learning, sharing and establishing networks for further cooperation. I am immensely impressed with the excellent management of venue, arrangement of contents, logistics and overall administration of the conference. This conference is globally unique and especial to people working on women and gender studies. NCCR is very happy to be one of the academic partners of this great event.