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Published: 10 Apr 2008

Leading voices to tackle crucial global issues at McGill for Women & Development Symposium

Leading voices to tackle crucial global issues at McGill for Women & Development Symposium

“Women are vital to progress in the Developing World,” Dr. Philip Oxhorn, Director of McGill’s Centre for Developing-Area Studies (CDAS) says. “But we must recognize that women’s roles in society are complex and regional and cultural factors in different parts of the world make it impossible to develop a simple template for improving women’s status in developing countries. We must be more strategic in addressing their needs and, most of all, we need to ask women what they want.”

This important discourse about the ways in which women need to be placed front and centre on the development agenda lies at the heart of the Women and Development Symposium on April 17, 2008. The event, co-hosted by CDAS and the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW), will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St.

The symposium showcases leading figures in development and women’s studies from around the world, through a series of wide-ranging panel discussions. Invited participants include Fida Adely, the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; Dr. A. Lynne Bolles, Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland; Danièle Magloire, Haitian activist, academic and feminist; Clare Beckton, Coordinator at Status of Women Canada; and Nadia Faucher, Inter Pares, a Canadian social justice organization working to build understanding about the causes and effects of poverty and injustice. Safiye Cagar, Director of External Relations at The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will deliver the keynote address.

The event is free and all are welcome.

Please note that Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University will make a special announcement at 4:15 p.m.

On the Web: www.mcgill.ca/arts/events/women/

Media inquiries and /or interviews may be arranged prior to the symposium.

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