Empowerment, Access, Infrastructure: A Symposium in Advance of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

deadline for submissions: 
February 3, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lehigh University- United Nations Partnership
contact email: 

Lehigh University is hosting its second annual one-day symposium in advance of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s priority theme is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. Expanding on this theme, we seek to explore how the work of regional community organizations, educational institutions, and  individual faculty, staff, and students (undergraduate and graduate) engage with the theme of “Gender and Empowerment, Access, and Infrastructure” in their work, research, advocacy, and lives.


We invite submissions in the format of a  brief biography and experience, work, or research statement which together should not exceed 500 words.  Upon acceptance, participants will be invited to circulate discussion topics and questions in advance of the symposium.


Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2019 ( send to: som212@lehigh.edu )

Event Date: Friday, February 15, 2019

Event Location: Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall, Lehigh University

Schedule:10:10-11:40 am Roundtable I

                1:10 - 2:40pm Roundtable II

                2:50-4:00 Be Your Own Artivism Creation Space (Center for Gender Equity)

                4:10 pm Keynote Speaker: Tristina Fitzpatrick, Director of Patient Services, Allentown Women's Center


Possible topics may include but are not limited to: education, economics, healthcare, violence, finance, indigienous peoples’ rights, race, migration, climate change, disability studies, aging, art, technology, and tourism.

Possible research and discussion questions may include but are not limited to:

Research. How does your research engage with questions of gender and access, gender and sustainability, or social protection systems and gender?

Activism. Do you work with an organization, or are you currently working on a project that engages with issues related to gender and access, gender and  social protection systems, or gender and infrastructure?

If so, what are you doing, what challenges do you face? What successes are you having? What initiatives do you imagine designing?

Experience. Have you personally experienced issues related to gender and access, gender and social protection systems, or gender and public services in the region? If so, we invite you to share your stories.


This event is co-organized by The Center for Gender Equity and the Lehigh University- United Nations Partnership.