Helen M Hill helenh at alphalink.com.au
Mon Aug 23 12:44:12 EST 2010

To all those interested in scholarly and/or policy debate on "gender justice" on the following themes, please see the call for conference in Malaysia!! 
The organizers have confirmed that they will have a session on pacific as well. 

  a.. Feminism (s) in Asia and gender justice 
  b.. Gender, culture and religion 
  c.. Citizenship, leadership and governance 
  d.. Globalisation and alternative development  


Dr Priya Chattier

Coordinator of Gender Studies Programme

The School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts & Law

The University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus

Private Mail Bag

Suva, Fiji Islands


Phone: (+679) 323 2424

Email: chattier_p at usp.ac.fj


From: Pusat Penyelidikan Pembangunan Wanita [mailto:kanita at usm.my] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:02 PM
To: Pusat Penyelidikan Pembangunan Wanita


Call for Papers

Second Announcement


The 2nd Congress of THE Asian Association of Women's Studies (cAAWS 2010)

Debating Gender Justice in Asia

9-11 December 2010, City Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang


Organised by the Association of Asian Women's Studies (AAWS), Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia and the South East Asian Association for Gender Studies, Malaysian Branch (SAMA)


Website: www.usm.my/kanita/aaws2010.asp


Thirty five years have lapsed since the first United Nations World Conference on Women in 1975 acknowledged women's rights and gender equality as critical components in addressing social equality and justice within the international community and by national governments. Since then, women's movements, both globally and locally have lobbied governments and stakeholders in society to take active steps to overcome all forms of discrimination against women.  With slow progress and many challenges in the initial stages, the United Nations in the early 1990s introduced the strategy of 'gender mainstreaming' so that governments and organisations could implement more effective and transformational programmes to counter the diluted versions of projects which merely 'integrate women' in the development process.


Despite these notable efforts gender inequalities continue to persist and could even worsen during this period of unstable political and economic environment. Gender mainstreaming has been criticised as being ineffective in providing redress in the face of gender injustices. The 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Report (UNDP, 2010) which fore-grounded gender equality as its main theme noted that "in every country across Asia and the Pacific, pervasive gender inequality remains a barrier to progress, justice and social stability". It underscored the point that despite growth in the region, gender inequality has cut even deeper for poorer and marginalised groups. 


We currently live in a period of crisis, uncertainty and possibly, epochal changes. Social and gender justice has been stalled as the period of neo-liberal globalisation saw a shift from the politics of redistribution to that of recognition, with a focus on identity and difference rather than social solidarity based on justice and respect (Fraser, 2003). Can and should the two struggles be reconciled? What would be the implications on power relations of various social forces in society - from those based on class to those groups organised under the banner of ethnicity, culture, gender and sexuality to name but a few? How can one demand justice from the state, one which is mediated by different elements, and within different political contexts - from democratic to authoritarian regimes? 


This forthcoming congress calls for papers to debate these issues in the context of re-claiming and re-invigorating gender justice in Asia. Papers can fit into the following sub-themes:


  a.. Feminism (s) in Asia and gender justice 
  b.. Gender, culture and religion 
  c.. Citizenship, leadership and governance 
  d.. Globalisation and alternative development  


United Nations Development Programme (2010) Power, Voice and Rights: A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific, New Delhi: Macmillan Publishers India Ltd.


Fraser, Nancy (2003) "Social justice in globalization", talk at the conference organised by the Centre for Social Studies, 22-23 February, Portugal.



As mentioned above the congress is to take place from December 9 - 11 2010. Please send in a 300 word abstract by 30th September 2010. We will inform you if your abstract has been accepted by 18th October 2010. Finalised papers are due on 18th November 2010.


Please submit your abstract in the following format:

·        Paper title

·        Name of author(s) with full affiliation

·       Author(s) address, 100 word biodata (each presenter) & contact details (including email of presenter/s)

·        Sub-theme preferred for presentation 

·        Abstract text (max 300 words)

·        Word format

·         Font: Times New Roman 12.


Please submit abstracts to us via email at aaws2010 at gmail.com or by normal post to the following address:


The Chairperson of the Scientific Committee

The 2nd Congress of AAWS 2010

Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800 USM

Penang, Malaysia


Registration fee and accommodation:


There will be a registration fee of RM200.00 for local participants and USD80.00 for foreign participants which will cover all meals and materials during the congress. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and flight arrangements. Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel.


Contact details:


Please send your questions and other information regarding this conference to the following:


Contact Persons:

  1.. The Chairperson of the Scientific Committee 
Prof. Cecilia Ng Choon Sim (Email: cncs77 at gmail.com)


  2.. The Chairperson of the Secretariat Committee 
Prof. Datin Rashidah Shuib (Email: rashidahshuib at usm.my)


  3.. The Deputy Chairs of the Secretariat Committee 
Dr. Noraida Endut (Email: idaman at usm.my)


Assoc. Prof. Intan Osman (Email: intan at usm.my)


            Address and Contact Number:

            Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800 USM

Penang, Malaysia

Website: www.usm.my/kanita

Email: kanita at usm.my

Tel: +604 6533436 or +604 6533433

Fax:  +604 6566379


Siti Shahrizatil Husna bt Shahrudin

Pegawai Sistem Maklumat (IT Officer)

Pusat Penyelidikan Pembangunan Wanita (KANITA)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Tel: +604 6533681

Fax: +604 6566379

Email: sshusna at notes.usm.my/s2husna at gmail.com

Website: www.usm.my/kanita

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