2018 Conference Schedule

Marching into an Equal Future

Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Kenney-Herter Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

8:15 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:50 am: Opening Plenary Session

9:50 – 10:45 am: Featured Keynote Speaker

10:45 – 11:45 am: Shattering the Glass-Ceiling: Women in Politics

Women’s voice remains faint in the executive branches of government worldwide and at the intergovernmental fora. The General Debate of the 71st Session of General Assembly of United Nations held in 2016 at the UN headquarters witnessed less than 10 percent of national statements delivered by women. Domestically, the United States general elections saw the defeat of front-runner, Hillary Clinton in one of the most pivotal Presidential elections.

11:45 – 12:45 pm: Networking Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 pm: Defeating the War: The role of women in armed conflicts

Majority of combatants remembered by history in most cultures have been men, but a number of women have fought alongside them. Despite the various roles women have played in wars as aggressors, victims, and facilitators, their role has been largely overlooked. This panel aims to discuss how women can be critical in countering violent extremism, radicalism and how one must move away from merely sidelining women as victims of war.

1:30 – 2:30 pm: The Problem with being Saved

Developmental organizations are in the midst of a shift toward assisting women in local community-based organizations and having them determine their own goals, vis-a-vis women’s empowerment and liberation in the community. This panel brings to the discussion the different approaches to the concept of liberation and freedom which guide development work in foreign communities.

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Coffee Break 

3:05 – 4:15 pm: Stories of  from the Trenches: daily life on the steady battle

This panel will consist of SAIS Alumna from the sectors that the first three panels explore (Politics, Peacebuilding/Defense and NGO/Development), who will offer practical insights on countering gender injustice based on their own experiences in the workforce. Panelists will discuss subjects ranging from building effective networks to charting a career path in such sectors. Other pertinent topics such as dealing with mansplaining, how to adapt to the organizational structure, how to forge networks in this male dominant atmosphere as well as family life balance in these sectors will be discussed.

4:15 – 4:55 pm: SAIS Women Lead program research insights

This program partners the school’s faculty, students, alumni, and public and private organizations to raise the political and economic status of communities through the empowerment of women. By fostering scholarship and cross-cultural exchange, SAIS Women Lead raises awareness of gap areas in research and advocacy to create more inclusive, compassionate, and service-oriented societies.

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Closing Plenary Session

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Reception