International Women’s Day Symposium: Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Women

Posted on 3/15/2016 12:46:49 PM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Education will present its second International Women’s Day Symposium on March 17, 2016. The theme of this year’s program is “Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Women.”

The program will include a poster session from noon to 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Atrium, and the keynote presentation by Elora Halim Chowdhury, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. The program is free and open to the community. Parking in the Hadley Union Building parking lot is free after 5:00 p.m. Student vouchers will be available.

According to the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women worldwide have been exposed to either physical or sexual violence at least once in their lives.

Chowdhury’s areas of expertise include transnational feminisms, critical development studies, gender violence, human rights narrative, and advocacy with an emphasis on South Asia. She is widely published in journals and textbooks in her field.

In 2005, she received a Mellon-Future of Minority Studies Fellowship at Cornell University, and in 2006 she was selected to be a Future of Minority Studies Post-doctoral Fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Syracuse University. In 2007, she served as a coprincipal investigator to a multiyear grant from the Ford Foundation for the project “Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities & Self-Determinations.”

Prior to joining UMass, Chowdhury held appointments at the Gender Resource Center and the Rural Development Program in BRAC, a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor (1996 to 1997); and the Education, Knowledge, and Religion Program at the Ford Foundation, New York (2000 to 2004). She also served as a feature writer for the Daily Star in Bangladesh.

She serves on the editorial/advisory boards of Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and the Bangladesh Development Initiative.