Advancing Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World

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For Women and Well-being in Wisconsin and the World (4W) draws on the strengths of the Global Health Institute, School of Human Ecology, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, student organizations and civil and governmental partners. The initiative is dedicated to fostering research, education and engagement that promotes global well-being and full participation in society as an essential aspect of a sustainable ecology. It is also designed to establishing UW-Madison as a convener and leading voice in education, research and engagement related to women and global well-being. GHI Associate Director Lori DiPrete Brown has been named 4W director.

Four themes for 4W

4W activities will be realized within a holistic framework that emphasizes four themes:

  • Basic needs and human rights
  • Equality
  • Leadership and voice
  • Sustainable community

In addition to educational opportunities, action research and community engagement, 4W will organize an annual summit, bringing together national and international scholars, leaders, practitioners, students and community members to share information and experiences and build networks around timely topics and major challenges related to women and well-being.

Initial 4W projects include:

  • Ending Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation will include education, internships and action research with community partners and a leadership summit. Through this initiative, students will be prepared as researchers, care providers and advocates. The project will spread best practices and call on UW-Madison scholars to impact global policy and implementation to thwart trafficking.

    Faculty and students worked with the women of La Calera to develop a micro enterprise project that will expand under 4W.

    Faculty and students worked with the women of La Calera to develop a micro enterprise project that will expand under 4W.

  • Money+Relationships+Equality (MORE) will teach women of all ages to value themselves in their relationships, to value the work they do and to strengthen the partnerships they create. Christine Whelan in the School of Human Ecology is director of the project.
  • Microenterprise and Well-being works with women to open economic opportunities that empower them to make decisions and better care for their families. The program grew out of a Global Health Institute field course, in which students worked with the women of La Calera, Ecuador, to design and find markets for jewelry they make. Janet Niewold from the School of Human Ecology is leading the project.

To learn more about 4W visit the website.

 

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