Conference Explores Role of Women in Development Across the World

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A conference exploring the inequalities between men and women across the world will take place at the University of Worcester, marking International Women’s Day.

Organised by the University’s Institute of Science and the Environment and Beacons Development Education Centre for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, will include speakers from international charities and aid groups, as well as universities.

Titled ‘Women Leading Development’, it will explore gender inequality, how men and women have been targeted differently by developments, and how women have spearheaded development to address underlying gender inequalities.

Keynote speakers include Marie-Lyse Namuhoza, an activist in Voice of African Women, Laura Searle, from Christian Aid, Anita Woodcock, from Womankind Worldwide, and Dr Ruth Jones, from the University of Worcester, who was last year named Worcestershire Woman of the Year for Achievement for her work in the field of domestic violence.

Dr Alan Dixon, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Worcester, said: “This conference will address some very important issues affecting women across the world. It will highlight the inequalities that still exist in many countries and the hard work of many women to have their voices heard and make a difference in their societies.”

The conference takes places on Saturday, March 10 from 10am to 4pm and costs £15, including lunch and refreshments. Admission is free for full-time students.

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