The 5th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2019, was held on 25th – 27th April 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand under the theme “Activism, Solidarity and Diversity: Feminist Movements Toward Global Sisterhood.” The conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Bridgewater State University, USA and Flinders University, Australia and The State University of New York as the Hosting Partners while Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Turkey and Fathima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan remained as the successful, collaborative academic Partners of the Conference.
The opening remarks of WCWS 2019 were made by the Conference Chair Prof. Diana Fox (Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, USA) together with Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Managing Director, The International Institute of Knowledge Management).
KEYNOTE FORUM AND PLENARY SPEAKERS
The Keynote forum was one of the significant sessions of the Conference and it was enlightened by Ritu Grover (CEO, TGH Lifestyle Services Pvt. Ltd, India) and Dr. Nawal El Saadawi (World Renowned Writer, Egypt). Ritu Grover delivered the keynote speech on the topic “Gender Disparity in the Indian Corporate World” whereas Dr. Nawal El Saadawi shared her life story with the Women’s Studies participants successfully.
100+ PARTICIPANTS FROM 21 COUNTRIES
This conference consisted of over 90 participants from 21 countries around the world, including Sri Lanka, USA, Australia, India, México, Pakistan, UAE, Thailand, Philippines, Germany, Brunei, Canada, Morocco, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Japan, Nepal, Taiwan, China, Bangladesh, UK, and Malaysia. Among our participants were women activists, researchers, academicians, policy makers, leaders, influencers, journalists and members from non-governmental organizations to share their diverse experiences, discuss, argue and ultimately to find solutions to the issues related to women. The conference highlighted key challenges and questions for Contemporary Women’s Studies Scholarship and Social Movements.
WCWS 2019 comprised of eighteen (18) technical sessions including a poster session. The technical sessions were under the below themes.
- Feminist Discourses, Resistance And Dissidents
- Social Media, Digital Feminisms And Sexism
- Survival, Conflict, And Loss
- Religion And Feminisms
- Marriage, Sex, And Reproduction
- Capitalism, Violence, And Representation
- Sisterhood, Solidarity, And Allies
- Equality, Quotas, And Women In The Workplace
- Co-Research, Solidarities And The Subaltern
- Writing Feminism; Challenging Otherness
- Feminism, Solidarity And Mental Health
- Strategies To Combat Gender-Based Violence
- Women In Higher Education: The Ongoing Potential For Women’s And Gender Studies
- Girls And Education: Access And Denial
- Climate Change, Ecology And Women’s Status
Diana J. Fox, PhD
SPECIAL FEATURES OF WCWS 19
PANEL DISCUSSION on GIRLS AT RISK: TAKING ON THE GLOBAL TRAFFICKING CRISIS
The 5th World Conference on Women’s Studies (WCWS 2019) organized a Panel Discussion on “Critical global issue of trafficking” and was moderated by the Conference Chair Prof. Diana Fox (Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, USA). The panel featured co-founder of the NGO, “Friends of Thai Daughters” Jane McBride, Dr Helen McLaren, Flinders University, Australia and Prof. Madhurima Goswami, Head, Faculty of Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women Studies, Tezpur University, Assam, India who are working tirelessly to disrupt the exploitation and degradation of human beings through trafficking. This panel highlighted the work that a number of groups working together to end the trafficking of girls globally allowing participants to discuss and exchange their own ideas with many peers in the field.
Prof. Diana J. Fox (Bridgewater State University, USA)
Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan (Northeastern University, USA)
Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti (Nepal Center for Contemporary Research, Nepal)
Dr. Bonita Hampton (SUNY Oswego, USA)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piyachat Lomchavakarn (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamolrat Intaratat (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand)
Prof. Alonso Carriles (Anáhuac University, México)
Dr. Naorem Arunibala Devi (Independent Researcher, India)
Dr. Singh S. (Banaras Hindu University, India)
Prof. K.A. Geetha (Birla Institute of Science & Technology, India)
Dr. Shafi Humaira (Mufti Law Associates, Pakistan)
Dr. Alkaff S.N.H. (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)
Dr. Ernstberger A.L. (Marian University, USA )
Prof. Goswami Madhurima (Tezpur University, India)
Dr. Habib Z. (Institute of Business Management, Pakistan)
Dr. Liz van Acker (Griffith University, Australia)
Dr. Pei Jean Chen (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Scientific Committee Members
Dr. Lana Zannettino, Flinders University, Australia
Asst. Prof. Dr. Eren Evin Kılıçkaya Boğ, Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Turkey
Asst. Prof. Madhavi Venkatesan, Northeastern University, USA
Asst. Prof. Dr. İsmet Yüksel, Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Turkey
Dr. Ruth Nsibirano, Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Annal Tandukar, Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Nepal
Dr. Aradhana Vaidaya, Bharatiya College, India
Dr. Claudia Roselli, University of Architecture, Italy
Dr. Abhishek Mishra, Institute of Management Studies, India
Dr. Michele Jarldorn, Flinders University, AustraliaProf. Grace Wamue-Ngare, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Dr. Ramzan Shahid, University of Gujrat, Pakistan
Dr. Rachana Pandey, Vasanta College for Women, India
Dr. G.P. Acharya, Nepal Centre of Contemporary Research (NCCR), Nepal
Dr. Nga Nguyen, Flinders University, Australia
Dr. P. Pretheeba, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Dr. Aziz Bin Shafie, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Prof. Ida Widianingsih, Flinders University, Australia
Dr. Syazliana Astrah, Johor Empowerment of Intellectual Women Association (JEiWA), Malaysia
Dr. Shewli Kumar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
Prof. Ian Boxill, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Prof. Antonia Navarro Tejero, University of Cordoba, Spain
Dr. Sumi Daa-dhora, Assam University Diphu Campus, India
Dr. Bonita Hampton, SUNY Oswego, USA
Dr. Rahat Zubair Malik, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Dr. Christine Gibson, Flinders University, Australia
Dr. Jibran Hussain, University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Prof. Kyoko, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Asst. Prof. Dr. Oya Aşan Yüksel, Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Turkey
Dr. Julaikha Hossain, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Dr. Gal Harmat, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany
Prof. Tanusree Paul, Visva-Bharati University, India
Dr. Melissa Tombr, The State University of New York, USA
In the spirit of the ongoing work of building a global women’s movement, the storytelling session took place within the Conference, on 27th April 2019. The Conference brought together storytellers from around the world including women activists, men as allies, advocates, academics, leaders, journalists, independent researchers and NGOs in Women’s studies and related fields to share their story outside of the framework of a formal conference paper.
The storytelling session of the WCWS 2019 offered participants of the conference to share their stories in the following categories and modes of presentation:
- Success Stories—personal and project achievements, joyful accomplishments
- Stories of Struggles–including setbacks, anger, sadness
- Documentary films
- Short fiction films
- Performance art—poetry, song, short dramas
WORKSHOP ON SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS
A workshop on Scholarly Publications was facilitated by the Conference Chair Prof. Diana Fox (Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, USA). The Perspective of the publication workshop was to assist researchers who write full papers with the aim of publishing in a reputable journal or in a reputable proceeding. Through this publication workshop, the facilitator was able to disseminate knowledge on writing scientific papers and scholarly publications for future researchers. All conference participants were delighted and graced by this opportunity.
CONFERENCE CHAIR WORKSHOP
A workshop was arranged by the Conference Chair Prof. Diana Fox (Department of Anthropology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bridgewater State University, USA) to discuss the outcome of the Conference. Moreover, the plans for WCWS 2020 was discussed during the workshop while providing an opportunity for participants to share their views and voice their suggestions in terms of the conference theme, venue, dates, featured events and any other applicable areas. The workshop provided an insight to deliver the future conferences in a fruitful way with the outputs received by the Conference Chair, Participants and Organizers.
Publication in Progress
All accepted abstracts for 5th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2019 (WCWS 2019), will be published in the conference abstract book with an associated ISBN 978-955-3605-30-6.
All full papers sent for conference proceedings will be subjected to double blind reviewing process and will be published electronically with an ISSN 2424-6743 in the proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).
Peer-reviewed and accepted full papers from the participants of the 5th World Conference on Women’s Studies 2019 (WCWS 2019) 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.
Women & Criminal Justice
Print ISSN : 0897-4454
Online ISSN : 1541-0323
Editor in Chief : Prof. Frances P. Bernat
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Indexed in Scopus, Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus, EBSCOhost, E-psyche, Gale, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, PubMed, OCLC, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis, Web of Science, Feminist Periodicals and many more.
International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
The coverage of the journal includes; Entrepreneurship, Female/Women’s entrepreneurship, Business, Management, Strategy, Gender, Economics, Internationalization and Marketing.
Online ISSN 1756-6266
Editor in Chief Prof. Colette Henry
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Indexed in Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ReadCube Discover and many more.
Journal of International Women’s Studies – Special Issue</strong
Editor in Chief Prof. Diana Fox & Prof. Cami Sanderson
Publisher Carley Taylor, Bridgewater State University, USA
Indexed in EBSCO, Elsevier Bibliographic Databases, ProQuest, DOAJ and many more.
Women studies | Appeal to the World 2018
Prof. Bishnu Raj Upreti, Nepal Center for Contemporary Research, Nepal
T. N. K. Meegaswatta, General Sir John Ketelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. ” Where are you? and What is happening to you? “
E C Robertson, Iniversity of Melbourne, Australia.