2017 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-Being

Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., an internationally recognized activist in agriculture, gender, property rights and environment, will present the keynote address for the three-day 2017 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being. Her talk, “Women Lead the Way: From Violence to Non-Violence, from Greed to Sharing, From Hate to Love,” at 4 p.m. April 27 is also this year’s J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmion Soffa Lecture.

The lecture is free, but registration is requested.

The summit will focus on transformative education. UW System faculty, staff and students, and regional, national and international scholars, educators and community activists will present 90 concurrent panels and posters. Several sessions will be free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 27

  • 4 p.m.: Keynote: Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., “Women Lead the Way: From Violence to Non-Violence, from Greed to Sharing, from Hate to Love:
  • 6 p.m.: Gerda Lerner Film and director’s talk: “Why Women Need to Climb Mountains”

Friday, April 28

9:15-11:45 a.m.

  • Transformative Transnational Feminism: Theory and Praxis for the Future of Feminism
  • Democracy, Gender and Transformative Education in Europe: The Case of Spain

Saturday, April 29

  • 9:15-10:30 a.m., African American Women Beyond the Stereotypes: Mental health, resilience and sustainability
  • 1-2 p.m., Social Transformations to End Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex: Survivor and Educator Perspectives
  • 4:45-6:15 p.m., Multiple Ways of Knowing: Insights Grounded in Indigenous Experiences

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About Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.

Vandana Shiva is this year’s keynote speaker for the 4W Summit on Women, Gender and Well-being.

Vandana Shiva is the director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. She is trained as a physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India,

Shiva was chosen as one of Time magazine’s environmental heroes in 2003, and Forbes called her one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe in 2010. She has been instrumental in changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food and made significant contributions in the areas of intellectual property rights and biodiversity. Her contributions to gender issues are internationally recognized, and she serves on Prince Charles’s expert group on sustainable agriculture and is working with the government of Bhutan to make the country 100 percent organic.

Shiva founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology that is dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. She also founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.

For last two decades, Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations, serving more than 500,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in the conservation of more than 3,000 rice varieties from across India, and the organisation has established 60 seed banks in 16 states across the country. In 2004, Dr. Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.