The University of Hyderabad (UoH) is hosting in its campus the 12th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women from 17th August to 22nd August, 2014. This is the first time that this Congress is being held in India and the University had won the bid in 2010. The earlier Conferences were held in, Israel( 1981), Netherlands( 1984), Ireland( 1987), USA(1990), Costa Rica (1993), Australia(1996), Norway( 1999), Uganda ( 2002), Korea ( 2005), Spain ( 2008), Canada ( 2011). The Congress in 2014 will be held in Brazil. WWC, 2014, Hyderabad, India, hopes to bring with it a new direction, a new vision and a new tomorrow for women in India and across the globe. The theme of the Congress is “Gender in a changing world”.

750 panels and abstracts have been received from different parts of the world including Brazil, USA UK, France, Germany, Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Canada, Israel and across the county on varied themes such as Gender and Culture, gender and History, gender and Management, Violence, Digital divide, Globalisation, women and work, and Gender and law. There are few workshops also on trafficking of women, new Reproductive technologies, Role of education in empowerment of women, feminist research and empowerment of women and the Women’s World Congress –impacts and lessons learnt a 33 years of history. Esther Eillam, from ‘The Hebrew University in Jerusalem’ is the oldest participant at 75 and who has not missed a single congress uptill now.


This Congress targets, Scholars: To share their research, learn some new approaches, hear about others’ experiences and pass their knowledge and experience on to others. Government officials and policy makers: to learn about the best practices, policy frameworks from across the globe; network with other policy makers and NGOs working in the field of supporting and enhancing gender…(the mission). NGOs: Network with other international NGOs, possible donors and colleagues from around the world and share your achievements and strategies with others. Students: To meet fellow students around the world. To learn about how gender issues are dealt with across the world and how to make a contribution. Company representatives: For a chance to improve their skills, learn more about the importance of permanent education in achieving the high performances of their organization, meet other colleagues, exchange ideas and establish new connections and partnerships. Corporate members: Social Leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social issues, exchange of ideas, products and services and establishing new connections and partnerships. Others: Anyone who is interested in making positive contributions towards the cause of Women’s welfare and empowerment across the world, and becoming more useful to their own communities. The 12th Women’s world Congress is for each and every one interested in the creation of a gender just society and will provide unlimited resources and opportunities to interact with prominent leaders in the field of leadership and women studies and greatly expand on your global network of scholars and professionals.

The Chair and Director of this Congress is Professor Rekha Pande, the Head of the History Department and a Joint faculty in the Centre for Women’s studies. Email:
The co-chair of this Congress is Professor Sita Vanka, the Dean of the School of Management.

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