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Womanity: a summit presented by Woman as Hero

Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)

Womanity: a summit presented by Woman as Hero

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Woman as Hero, a student organization at Arizona State University, will be holding a summit on global women's issues called Womanity on Friday, April 6, 2012 on the Tempe Campus from 10 am to 4pm in the Memorial Union.

Our purpose is to advocate, enlighten, and inspire both women and men globally and locally to empower girls and women through education and entrepreneurship. Through this socially-conscious summit, we want to explore a variety of pressing global issues that women and men face in the world today regarding domestic violence, feminism, honor killings, educational and economic opportunities, media and health. Woman as Hero hopes to not only inform and engage the attendees of the Womanity summit but to also encourage a spirit of social justice and activism to take up the struggle for equality and dignity for all.

The summit is free and open to the community.

This year we are also working with ASU4Food to provide donations to local food banks. Please bring any non-perishable food items you would like to donate.

To learn more about us, visit our website at, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or join our group on Orgsync.

[Rooms: Mohave-Room 236, Yuma-Room 225 and Santa Cruz-Room 229]


10 a.m.: Introductions and welcome

Room: Mohave

10:15 a.m.: PANELS

Panel 1: Deconstructing Domestic Violence

  • Room: Yuma
  • Presentation by Alesha Durfee, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Melissa Brickhouse Thomas, MSW, CSW and Laura Horsley, executive director
  • Moderator: Braxton Hynes, Woman as Hero secretary

Panel 2: Mixed Messages?: A critical discussion of The Girl Effect

  • Room: Santa Cruz
  • Heather Switzer, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies
  • Moderator: Megan Mayer, Woman as Hero historian

11:20 a.m.: LUNCH

  • Room: Mohave

11:45 am: Keynote lecture-Honor Killings, Rape and Women's Rights in Pakistan

  • Room: Mohave
  • Habiba Nosheen, Pulitzer Center journalist
  • Moderator: Nesima Aberra, Woman as Hero president

1:10pm: Panels

Panel 4: Feminism: The Many Faces of a Movement

  • Room: Yuma
  • Panelists:
    - "Compulsory Feminism" by Patrick Grzanka, Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College
    - "Feminist/women's rights movements in Egypt" by Souad Ali, Head of Classics and Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Middle East/Islamic Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures
    “Gender, Migration, and Chicana Feminism by Michelle Tellez, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies Program, Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
  • Moderator: Brian McCollow

Panel 5: Our Bodies, Our Lives: Breaking through Women’s Health Barriers

  • Room: Santa Cruz
  • Panelists:
    - Michelle King Robson, Founder of EmpowerHER
    - Lubayna Fawcett, graduate student in Global Health
  • Moderator: Amber Hurst, Woman as Hero publicity coordinator

2:15 pm: Panels 

Panel 6: I Speak for Myself: Empowering Women through Media

  • Room: Yuma
  • Panelists:
    - "New Media and Transnational Feminisms" by Debjani Chakravarty, Ph.D candidate
    - "Creating Digital Platforms for Feminist Voices" by Savannah Martin, Journalism undergraduate student at the University of Arizona
  • Moderator: Bethany Vu, Woman as Hero treasurer

Panel 7: Film: Women, War and Peace

  • Room: Santa Cruz
  • PBS documentary: “I Came to Testify," the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town changed the rules of war
  • Moderator: Imelda Mejia, Woman as Hero publicity coordinator

3:10: Profile of an Activist

  • Room: Mohave
  • Prof. Sarah Buel, Faculty Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Moderator: Lauren Sandground, Woman as Hero vice president

Closing remarks

4pm: END

This year we are also working with ASU4Food to provide donations to local food banks. Please bring any non-perishable food items you would like to donate!

Have questions about Womanity: a summit presented by Woman as Hero? Contact the organizer

When & Where

ASU Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, April 6, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)

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