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Driving Change, Shaping Lives: Gender in the Developing World

  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 through
    Friday, March 4, 2011
    2 PM–10 PM ET
  • Radcliffe Gymnasium
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

This conference will bring together leading experts from different fields, countries, and perspectives at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to explore the complex roles of gender in the developing world. Academic scholarship will be interwoven with practical experience as scholars, practitioners, organizers, and political leaders engage with one another in panel sessions on health, education, shifting populations, politics, and technology and media. Discussions will investigate intersections among these topics, crossing boundaries both conceptual and geographic.


The conference is presented in cooperation with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Welcome and Shifting Populations Panel


Welcome Remarks by Barbara J. Grosz (Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study) and Brigitte Madrian (Senior Advisor to the Social Sciences Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard Kennedy School)


Panel 1: "Shifting Populations" with Amy O'Neill Richard (Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons), Valerie M. Hudson (Brigham Young University), and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas (University of Southern California)


Moderated by Swanee Hunt (Harvard Kennedy School)

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Health Panel


Panel 2: "Health" with Joyce Banda (Vice President, Malawi), Mirai Chatterjee (Self-Employed Women's Association), and Kirk R. Smith (University of California at Berkeley)


Moderated by Paula A. Johnson (Harvard Medical School)

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Welcome Back and Technology Panel


Welcome Back by Iris Bohnet (Harvard Kennedy School)


Panel 3: "Technology Panel" with Taryn Dinkelman (Princeton University), Robert Jensen (University of California at Los Angeles), and Kristine Pearson (Lifeline Energy)


Moderated by Margo I. Seltzer (Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)

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Education Panel


Panel 4: "Education Panel" with Thuwayba Al Barwani (Sultan Qaboos University), Jishnu Das (World Bank), and Cecilia María Vélez (Former National Minister of Education, Colombia)


Moderated by Fernando M. Reimers (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

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Politics Panel and Summation


Panel 5: "Politics Panel" with Esther Duflo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Aloisea Inyumba (Senator, Rwanda Parliament), and Humaira Awais Shahid RI '10 (Provincial Parliamentarian, Pakistan)


Moderated by Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School)

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