Conference Chair’s Workshop

“Stepping into 2021: The Next Chapter of WCWS”


Each year as one of the concluding events of the WCWS, and in the spirit of community and inclusivity, the Conference Chair runs a workshop for conference participants’ to reflection on the conference, receive feedback and to offer recommendations for 2021. Participants can share their experiences of attending the conference and express their ideas on areas to be improved in the future.

Moreover, participants will be asked to voice their suggestions for the 2021 conference theme, conference tracks, venue, dates, keynote speakers, partner-featured events, and any other applicable areas. Participants’ ideas will assist TIIKM WCWS Conference Chair, Keynote Speakers, Participants, and Organizers.


Date: 28th July 2020

Time: 3.30p.m. – 4.30p.m

Audience: All Conference Participants

Resource Person


Diana J. Fox, PhD

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

Workshop on Scholarly Publications


Dissemination of research findings is an essential part of the schoalry research process.  Hence, it is of utmost importance for researchers to seek to publish in a reputable, peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding. This represents an important milestone for researchers.

Through our publication workshop, we intend to disseminate knowledge on writing scholarly papers in Women’s Studies, drawing from feminist global feminist scholarship. Conference participants are welcome to participate in this workshop.


Date: 27th July 2020

Time: 12.30p.m – 3.30p.m.

Audience: 30 Participants (First come First serve)

Resource Person


Diana J. Fox, PhD

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

Share your story at the WCWS 2020

We are all storytellers: being a storyteller is part of what makes us human, distinguishing us from other living beings. The 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies strives to bring together storytellers from our attendees that help us learn about each other outside of the framework of a formal conference paper.

In the spirit of the ongoing work of global women’s movements, this storytelling session will take place within the Conference. All our attendees, from women activists, men as allies, advocates, academics, leaders, journalists, independent researchers, and NGOs that support women, girls and planetary well-being, have an opportunity to share your story.

The storytelling session of the WCWS 2020 offers you the opportunity to share your story in the following categories and modes of presentation:

The storytelling session of the WCWS 2020 offers you the opportunity to share your story in the following categories and modes of presentation:


  • Success Stories—personal and project achievements, joyful accomplishments
  • Stories of Struggles–including setbacks, anger, sadness


  • Narratives
  • Documentary films
  • Short fiction films
  • Performance art—poetry, song, short dramas

How to submit your work

  • Send your original work/proposal to on or before 21st January 2020 with your biography.
  • After you submit, please acknowledged receipt via an email within three working days.
  • Submissions must be in English or with English subtitles.
  • All stroytellers will be notified of acceptance with in two weeks.


Each storyteller will be given a 30-minute slot in the session including the discussion time.


Once you notified with the acceptance of your proposal,

The Storytelling session will be held during the conference period. The exact date and the time of the session will be announced with the final conference program one month prior to the conference.


Yamuna GHALE Yamuna GHALE

Agriculturist, Nepal


Title: The Representation of Women in State Structures: Success Stories from Nepal

Yamuna is a PhD student on Food Security Governance. She is an agriculturist and obtained M.Sc. Ag. from Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. She has gained professional experience of over 28 years and worked with Swiss Embassy, ICIMOD, Action Aid International Nepal and SNV Nepal working in the field of development, research and public policy.


Workshop on Implicit Islamophobia and Unconscious Bias: Breaking Chains, Building Bridges


Unconscious or implicit biases are deeply engrained attitudes and judgments that are based on learned stereotypes. These biases are a result of cognitive processes that occur below our conscious awareness and reflect the accumulation of our personal experiences. Islamophobia, or the irrational fear of Muslims, is one such bias, with visible Muslims particularly susceptible to victimization. Although a human tendency, unconscious bias can lead to prejudice, poor decision-making and social injustice against marginalized groups.

In this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of exercises to uncover their own biases. Discussion opportunities will be provided along with strategies to overcome implicit Islamophobia and unconscious bias.




Audience – 30 Conference Participants (First come first serve)

Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, Researcher at the Petroleum Institute UAE

Resource Person

Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
Psychology Professor
Houston Community College
Adjunct Lecturer of Psychology
University of Houston Downtown, USA


Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, PhD, has degrees in Communications, Education, and Psychology. She is a psychology professor at Houston Community College and adjunct lecturer of psychology at University of Houston Downtown. She has worked as an international educator for over 20 years focusing on language and culture, particularly with Muslim populations. Her articles have appeared in several professional journals including Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Ethnicities and The Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is the author of The Colour of Mehndi, a novel that explores acculturation and mental illness within the Pakistani-American community and the lead editor of Mirror on the Veil: A Collection of Personal Narratives on Hijab and Veiling. Mantra: Unity through diversity.

Workshop on Women’s Stories

Naming Our Own Experience: The Power of the Personal to Reorder the World

Throughout history, men have asserted the right to name and order the world, placing themselves at the center of the human project and relegating women to the margins. The results have been disastrous for women. Not only are we oppressed, but our oppression is obscured through the male prerogative to define what is true, real and worthy. Without the power of naming, women are destined to walk the earth in various states of mystification, disappointment, deprivation and rage. It is imperative that women in every generation write in order to name our own truths and articulate our own goals and strategies. But it is never easy for women to write—whatever the genre (essay, memoir, letter, fiction, academic writing, spoken word, blog, zine). We have the entire history of civilization to overcome in our writing, and messages of inferiority instilled in us from childhood. We face relentless pressure to conform, accommodate and keep the silence. Where do we begin with our writing? We begin where women who have changed the world have always begun: with our own lives. “When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her,” wrote Adrienne Rich. Consciousness-raising based on women’s shared experiences of oppression has been at the heart of building women’s revolutionary move-ments and actions around the world. In my own life, two sexual assaults as a student became the springboard to a lifetime of political activism and writing.

This workshop will explore the use of the personal in writing for social transformation. Participants will be invited to share an experience that led to feminist consciousness. We will use these experiences to create short pieces of writing that give voice to personal truths and recognize their political import. Samples from the workshop will be shared at the Conference Chair’s Workshop.


Date:  27th July 2020
Time: 4.00p.m – 6.00p.m.


Resource Person

Donna Johnson Former Lecturer Carleton University Canada

Donna Johnson
Former Lecturerz
Carleton University