Working Group V: Gender, Diversity and Equity

IASIA Conferences have progressively become a significant platform for intellectuals, researchers, experts and specialists, scholars and postgraduate students from across the globe to discuss critical issues pertaining to WOMEN and UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS and their role in all facets of society, including government, and civil society, and in all types of economic, political, social and developmental activities.

It is clear that globalization is a process of increasing interdependence, interconnectedness and integration of economies and societies to such an extent that an event in one part of the globe affects people in other parts of the world. Globalization affects different groups of women and underrepresented populations in different places in different ways (Chhibber 2009). Gender, diversity and equity is critical to the development process across territories in developed and developing nations. According to a United Nations Development Fund for Women’s report, over the past two decades the process of globalization has contributed to widening inequalities within and among countries, coupled with economic, social and financial upheavals. Globalization is undeniably changing women, and women are changing the world! Across the globe, vast inequalities exist between racial and ethnic groups. The recent rise in populism around the world has heightened the importance of understanding the need for diversity and equity in society.

Some critical questions come to the fore:

  • How has globalization impacted women’s rights and equality amidst a patriarchal hierarchy and system? And what opportunities and challenges does globalization present to gender issues?
  • How do structural inequities impact underrepresented populations and how can structures promote equity?
  • Has women’s position in the labour market lead to increased unemployment and poverty? And to what extent women are challenged or motivated by working in multi-cultural work setups resulting from globalization?
  • What are the positive and negative effects of globalization on the lives of women and underrepresented populations, with emphasis on health and education?
  • With the breaking down of boundaries, and with the increasing rates of massive and forced migration, what can nation states do to alleviate negative impacts on women and marginalized population segments?
  • What prospects are there for women to break glass ceilings in a male-dominated environment where there is competition for skills, resources and opportunities?
  • What implications does the use of technology have on women and underrepresented population’s transformation in a global society? Does technology provide more room for women to have a voice in society? What job opportunities are possible through new technology?
  • What is the role of government in assuring the safety and equality of underrepresented populations in an era of populism?
  • In what ways has globalization aided women to shed their traditional roles to take on leadership positions?
  • How are demographic patterns changing around the world and what are the implications for promoting equity in governance?

We look forward to receiving submissions of abstracts and papers emanating from the questions highlighted above. Theoretical, conceptual and empirical based research papers and comparative perspectives are welcome. We hope to stimulate research interest and discussion on a broad and diverse range of trends, policy and legislative frameworks, challenges, opportunities, reforms and the like.

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Prof. dr. Pregala Pillay

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Prof. dr. Susan Gooden

Virginia Commonwealth University, United States

Project director

Prof. dr. Laila El-Baradei

American University in Cairo, Egypt


15 February 2018: Abstract submission deadline
28 February 2018: Authors’ notification
1 June 2018: Final paper submission deadline
1 June 2018: Deadline for registration and payment

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