MESSAGE TO WORLD SCIENTISTS AND SCHOLARS WORKING ON EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND ON GENDER EQUALITY
In March 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the 1st Annual World Conference on Women’s Studies was established the World Center for Women’s Studies (World-CWS) as an institute intended to serve and benefit men and women, and women’s organizations that provide service, research, and support to women’s empowerment worldwide, as well as advocate for global gender equality by conducting policy research and designing models for their practical application. The goal of the Center is to protect women’s rights and overall well-being, improve access to education, and enhance economic empowerment. Through the proposal of policies and action plans that stem from research, the Center aims to benefit women worldwide via carefully designed, established, and tested grassroots programs and policies that improve their daily life.
Working together with scholars across the world, the Center serve as a channel of communication and networking with and between men and women, society-at–large, and organizations that promote gender equality and women’s advancement. Scholarly interactions and collaboration are further enhanced via annual meetings of the WCWS, organizations of regional and local conferences and seminars, and interactions of scholars within different regions/countries so that greater participation of scholars working on gender and development is achieved.
As Mahatma Gandhi in his 1921 message to the women of India said “If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman” let’s joint together to bring better and more peaceful world. With Gandhi’s motto in mind, the World Center for Women’s Studies is issuing a call to exchange ideas, build collaborative networks and brain storm new research pursuits during our 2nd Annual Conference of the World Center for Women’s Studies that will take place in May 1-4, in New York City.
Barbara Wejnert, President of the World-CWS