Is it time for a Fifth World Conference on Women?

Date/Time: Fri 20 Oct / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: H3 Lecture Theatre

School of Social Sciences


Is it time for a Fifth World Conference on Women?

The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women set out an agenda for women’s empowerment and called for the removal of obstacles to women’s active participation in all areas of public and private life, including in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. Twenty years later, Anne Marie Goetz and Joanne Sandler made the case for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women, a call which they renewed in 2017, arguing that although global institutions can perpetuate gender inequality, and many feminist activists seek to create their own spaces, a Fifth World Conference on Women may be necessary in these troubles times “when patriarchal ethno-nationalists are colonizing public space.”

This forum will bring together women leaders from across the private and not for profit sectors to weigh in on the debate surrounding a Fifth World Conference on Women, including what its limitations may be and what alternatives exist to a world congress?

Erin Watson-Lynn, Director, AsiaLink Diplomacy

Anna Trembath, Senior Gender Advisor, Oxfam Australia

Betty Barkha, Board Member, Association of Women in Development; Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre Youth Fellow

Chair: Dr. Samanthi Gunawardana, Director, Master of International Development Practice, Monash University

Friday 20th October

11:00am – 12:30pm

Lecture Theatre H3, Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

For more information and to RSVP, please contact by Tuesday the 17th of October.


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