The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Ministry of Women Empowerment and Children Protection RI (KPPA RI) Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) National Commission on Violence Against Women (KOMNAS PEREMPUAN)
CALL FOR PAPERS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP ON GENDER
“WOMEN’s LEADERSHIP AND DEMOCRATISATION IN THE 21st CENTURY ASIA”
27-28 April 2018
1st Floor Widya Graha Building LIPI Jakarta, Indonesia
Women’s leadership has been prominent in Asia. Many factors, such as women’s relatively high position in society, equal economic privileges, complementary nature of male and female duties, familial ties, and political dynasty, are some factor have been believed to explain the phenomenon. However, those factors are no longer sufficient to explain the rising of more Muslim women leaders in Asia under democratization and increasing Islamization in the 21st century. A comprehensive analysis is needed to uncover the current state of the Art of women’s leadership in the 21st century Asia.
The rising of women leadership in the 21st century Asia has been surrounding with global socio economy and political transformation. From the early 1970s to the late 1990s countries in Southeast Asia transformed their economies which resulted in an excellent performance of economic growth in the region. The 2008 financial crisis changes global power configuration. While previously the locus of political and economic power is in the European countries and the US, now it swings to China, India, Southeast Asian countries, and Asia-Pacific region. Under the new global architecture, Asian countries continue its democratisation, one of it signifies by rising trend of women’s leadership, in national, local and grass roots level. Leadership in this sense refers to not only women who hold official political position, but also women who become leaders in everyday life, in family and community.
Beyond this positive development, we witnessed more challenges face by women in the 21st Century Asia. Some of them are: social conflict across countries where women and children often becomes victims, increasing threat of terrorism and radicalism, discrimination for women in the name of religion and morality, feminization of poverty, violence against women and children, increasing risk of climate changes, women/men/children adaptation to family changing due to urbanized Asia, increasing problem of reproductive health, and increasing cases of women trafficking as consequences of freedom of movement under ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and challenges to get benefit from science, technology and invocation (STI). Normatively, women’s leaders (international, national, local level) who were elected in the democratization of twenty first century Asia are expected to be aware of have gender perspective to address those contemporary challenges. At this point, there some questions needed to be answered to reveal the current State of the Art of women’s leadership and democratisation in the 21st century Asia:
What are the features of women’s leadership (women’s leaders in official political position, as well as, women‘s leaders in everyday life) who emerge in democratisation in the 21st century Asia?
Based on their experiences and knowledge, what is democratisation according to women in Asia?
What are the core common issues need to be addressed by women’s leaders across countries in Asia
What is the strategy to foster gender’s responsive policy?
To comprehend the feature of women’s leadership and democratisation in the 21st Century Asia.
To comprehend the concept of democratisation from the women’s perspectives to differentiate it from the institutional perspective of democratisation.
To gather empirical experiences of women’s leadership and democratisation in the 21st Century Asia from various countries.
To understand common issues need to be addressed by women’s leaders in the 21st Century Asia.
To formulate strategy to ensure women’s leaders to have gender perspective and policy.
Papers of the following topics—but not necessarily limited to these--are welcome:
Women’s leaders and Democratisation (Code: WOMEN)
Women and Radicalism (code: RADICALISM)
Women and Violence Against Women and Children (code: VAWC)
Women, Democratisation and Family Changing (code: FAMILY)