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Global Gender Justice: New Directions

University of Birmingham
Thursday 21 May (09:30) - Friday 22 May 2015 (17:30)

Hosted by The Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, this conference will feature a dozen talks on a range of topics in global gender justice including migration, conflict, violence, beauty norms, reproduction, epistemic justice, and more. 

To register, please email Scott Wisor at

Information and accommodation, location, and final program times will be provided on registering.

Please note you can register for the evening public event on the 21st without attending the full conference.

Draft programme

21 May

  • Heather Widdows (Birmingham) ‘Why beauty matters? Beauty, ethics & justice’
  • Corwin Aragon (Concordia) ‘Epistemic Oppression:  A Relational Account of Epistemic Injustice’
  • Leif Wenar (King’s College London) ‘The Oil Curse and Women’
  • Sarah Clark Miller (Penn State) ‘The Normative Implications of Transnational Sexual Violence for Global Gender Justice’
  • Elisabetta Aurino (Kings College London) ‘Gender bias in dietary diversity in the lifecourse of children and adolescents in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India’
  • Nicola Jones (Overseas Development Institute) 'Rethinking the 'Maid Trade': Experiences of Ethiopian adolescent domestic workers in the Middle East'

530-700: Public Debate

In 1995, at the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the member states of the United Nations agreed to the most progressive platform to date regarding commitments to secure gender equality.  20 years on, it is a time of reflection on both progress that has been made and persistent inequalities that remain.  This public forum aims to assess the state of play in contemporary struggles for women's rights and gender equality, and to discuss priorities for public action in the next two decades.  The panelists will present their views, and then engage in a wide ranging question and answer session with opportunities for audience participation.

Panelists: Heather Widdows, John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham; Nicola Jones, Overseas Development Institute; Rhouba Mhaissen,  Founder and Director, SAWA for Development and Aid, SOAS; Bijayalaxmi Nanda, University of Delhi

22 May

  • Alison Jaggar (Colorado/Birmingham) 'Another world is possible-but is it gender just?'
  • Noa Nogradi (Leeds) ‘Patriarchal structures and the duty to not harm’
  • Monique Deveaux (Guelph) ‘Is the cross-border trade in human eggs exploitative?’
  • Sheelagh McGuinness (Birmingham) ‘A Guerrilla Strategy for  Pro-Life UK?’
  • Angie Pepper (York) ‘Global Gender Justice: An Ethics of Care or Cosmopolitanism’
  • Christine Bratu (Munich) ‘Adaptive Preferences and Deformed Desires’
  • Bijayalaxmi Nanda (Delhi) ‘Sex Selective Abortion and State in India: Dilemmas of Gender Justice’

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