Sunday, March 18, 2012

Conference: Women, Sustainable Development and Food Sovereignty/Security in a Changing World


Women, Sustainable Development and Food Sovereignty/Security in a Changing World
March 30-31, 2012 at the Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall
Free and open to the public. Register online.

Conference schedule:

Friday 9:15-9:30: Introduction
Introduction to the conference: Cynthia Grant Bowman

Friday 9:30-10:00 "Learning from Experience"
Shelley Feldman, Professor of Development Sociology and Director of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University “Thinking with and Through Development Projects and Practices: Learning from Experience”

Friday 10:00-11:00: Panel I
10:00-11:00: Panel I Manohara Khadka, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal “Enhancing Women’s Knowledge and Power in Agriculture Soil Management Programmes: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Mountain Livelihoods in Nepal” Karim-Aly Kassam, Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies; Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the American Indian Program, Cornell University “The Critical Gender Role of Women under Conditions of Chronic Sociocultural and Ecological Stress”

Friday 2:30-3:30: Panel II
Lucy Mulenkei, Indigenous Information Network, Nairobi, Kenya “Embracing Alternative Livelihoods: The Case of Rendile Indigenous Women in Kenya” Carol Kalafatic: American Indian Program, Cornell. "Local Matters: Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Systems and Resilience to Climate Change"

Friday 3:45-4:45: Panel III
Khushi Kabir, Director, Nijera Kori, Dhaka, Bangladesh. “Does Food Security Automatically Imply Food Sovereignty? Perceptions of Grassroots Women from Bangladesh” Rosalie Little Thunder, Sicangu Lakota elder. "Being a Good Relative, Being a Good Ancestor"

Friday 4:45-6:00: Panel IV
Alia Gana, Tunisia; Research Professor, University of Paris 1 “Poverty Reduction through Microcredit: The Impact of the Oued Sbaihya Project on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Rural Women’s Empowerment” Aanchal Kapur, Founder and Director, Kriti, New Delhi, India "From Waste to Sustainable Livelihoods: A Case Study of Kriti's Ecopaper Unit”

Saturday 9:00-9:30: Breakfast
Saturday 9:30-11:00: Panel V
Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa “Second Class Citizens: Gender, Energy and Climate Change in South Africa” Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Adviser, International Union for the Conservation of Nature “Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way: Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Change Policies” Itza Castaneda, Senior Gender Advisor, UNDP (Development Program), Mexico City “Gender, Global Crises, and Climate Change”

Saturday 11:15-12:30: Panel VI
Gail Holst-Warhaft, Adjunct Professor, Comparative Literature, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell Institute for European Studies, Director, Mediterranean Initiative “The Quilt with the Golden Bells: Saving Water through Song in Greece.” Vivienne Bennett, Professor, Border Studies, California State Univ., San Marcos, California “Addressing Gender Bias and Water Security: Lessons from Listening to Women on the Front Lines of Every Day Water Management in Latin America”

Saturday 2:00-3:30: Panel VII
Rosanna Quagliariello, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy “Gender Empowerment for a Sustainable Rural Development in the Mediterranean Area” Bonnie Kettel, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto "Making the Case for Women in Research and Policy for Sustainability: Reflections from Three Initiatives" Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins

Saturday 3:45-5:30: Plenary
What common themes have emerged? What appear to be the conditions for success or failure of a project involving women in sustainable development? Are there possibilities for borrowing or adapting projects that have been successful in one region to use in another region? What are they? What lessons and/or projects are applicable to local communities in the United States?

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