Gender Conference


Register for the Second Annual Gender Conference at The Fletcher School:

Registration is now open for the second annual gender conference on December 2-3, 2016. The theme of this year's conference is "Gender-Sensitive Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice." For more information and to to register please visit the gender conference website.

Please see a summary below of the first annual gender conference in 2015:

In December 2015, The Fletcher School hosted its first annual conference on gender issues, titled “Gender and International Affairs: Avenues for Change.” The conference was student-run, organized by The Gender Initiative and Global Women, and it enjoyed wide support from the faculty and administration. Fletcher Dean James Stavridis noted in the program: “Nothing is more important to the overall potential of the world than our ability to fully develop and use the potential of everyone, women and men alike and equally.  The study of gender affords us the best chance of doing so, and deserves our strongest level of engagement.  The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is committed to doing so with energy and enthusiasm, and this conference is a good example of our approach.”

The conference drew together over 300 participants from schools across the Boston area and hailing from countries around the world. Social media activity surrounding the conference hashtag, #FletcherGender2015, resulted in the hashtag trending in the Boston area. The conference also received recognition in Foreign Policy Interrupted, a listserv of gender in foreign policy. For key insights, please see below.

The conference was possible thanks to institutional support from The Office of the Executive Associate Dean and Office of Student Affairs. The organizing committee is grateful to the institutional sponsors: the Institute for Human Securitythe Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, the Institute for Global Leadership, and the International Security Studies Program.

The organizers are further grateful to student organizations who lent their support: The Diplomacy Club, Fletcher LGBTQA, the Global health Group, the Human Rights Project, the Humanitarian Action Society, the International Migration Group, Praxis, the Fletcher Journal of Human Security, the Ralphe Bunche Society for Diversity in International Relations, and Tech@Fletcher.