4th WAAD Int'l Conference

Education, Gender & Sustainable Development In the Age of Globalization

Abuja, Nigeria; August 3-8, 2009
About the Conference

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Preliminary Program

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4th Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD) International Conference on

Education, Gender & Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization

Abuja, Nigeria (August 3-8, 2009)

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

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VENUE:

Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, Abuja, Nigeria

Professor Obioma Nnaemeka, Convener

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4th Women in Africa and the African Diaspora (WAAD) International Conference on

Education, Gender & Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization

Abuja, Nigeria (August 3-8, 2009)

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VENUE: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, One Memorial Drive, Abuja &

Chida International Hotel, Solomon Lar Way, Utako District, Abuja

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

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MONDAY, AUGUST 3

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Venue: Chida International Hotel

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9:00 AM-12:15 PM REGISTRATION

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12:30-2:30 PM LUNCHEON

Environment and Sustainable Development and the Role of Women in Uganda

LECTURER: Honorable Margaret Muhanga-Musiga, Member of the Ugandan Parliament

Honorable Muhanga-Mugisa’s fascinating life story began in Kanyandahi village of Kabarole District in Western Uganda where she grew up as a herd’s girl. Today, she represents the district in the Ugandan Parliament. Without any school near her home, she had to walk eighteen kilometers every day to attend primary schools. Before joining parliament, she was the Head of Media and Public Relations Department in the Office of the President of the Republic of Uganda from 2001-2006. She also worked for eight years (1993-2001) as a journalist and political columnist/analyst for Uganda’s leading daily news newspaper The New Vision. She holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies, a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and a Diploma in Journalism.

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3:00-6:00 PM REGISTRATION

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4:00-6:00 PM ROUNDTABLE: Debating Feminisms in Africa and the African Diaspora

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PANELISTS: Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt

Chinyere Okafor, Wichita State University, Wichita, USA

Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

Ada Azodo, Indiana University Northeast, Gary, USA

Fehintola Mosadomi, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Omolara Ogundipe, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana

Obioma Nnaemeka, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA

Joyce Ashuntantang, University of Connecticut, USA

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7:30-9:30 PM A Night of Readings: Men and Women about Men and Women

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PANELISTS: Chimalum Nwankwo, North Carolina A & T University, Greensboro, USA

Obiora Udechukwu, St. Lawrence University, Canton, USA

Phanuel Egejuru, Riverside, California, USA

Akachi Ezeigbo, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Chinyere Okafor, Wichita State University, Wichita, USA

Natalia Molebatsi, Tembisa, South Africa.

Fehintola Mosadomi, University of Texas, Austin, USA

Molara Ogundipe, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4

Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center

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7:00-9:30 AM REGISTRATION

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10:00 AM-12:15 PM OPENING CEREMONY

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Her Excellency Hajia Turai Yar’Adua, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Her Excellency the Wife of the Vice President, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan

Ambassador Robin Sanders, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

High Commissioner Victoria Mendez-Charles, Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Nigeria

Senator Joy Emodi, Chair, Senate Committee on Education

Ambassador Kema Chikwe, Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland

Professor Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Universities Commission (NUC)

Dr. Ihechukwu Madubuike, Former Nigerian Minister of Education

Dr. Ada Okwuosa, Commissioner, Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS)

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2:00-3:30PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Global and Local Negotiations of Gender, Poverty and Access to Education

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PANELISTS: Elaine Unterhalter, University of London., London, UK, Translations and Transversal Dialogues: An Examination of Mobilities Associated with Gender, Education and Global Poverty Reduction

Amy North, University of London, London, UK, Negotiating Gender, Poverty and Education in International Institutions.

Jane Osongo, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, Journey to the Top: Is It ‘A Big Surprise’ or ‘A Big Jump’? Career Experiences of Women Managers in Kenyan Universities.

Jenni Karlsson, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Memories, Machinery and Manifestations: Implementing Gender Policy in a South African Province.

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PANEL: Sex, Women’s Rights and Violence against Women: The Role of Education

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PANELISTS: Sofiane Bouhdiba, University of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia, Sexual Education and Violence against Women in the Era of Globalization: The Case of Muslim Africa.

Asmara Figue, ActionAid International, Maputo, Mozambique; Beatrice Okyere, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Francisco Januario, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique; Samuel Oando, Centre for Research and Development, Nairobi, Kenya; Jo Heslop and Jenny Parkes, University of London, London, UK, Conceptualizing Gender in Research and Action on Violence against Girls in School.

Paul Ugor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, The Feminization of Poverty and the New Sexual Commerce in Nigerian Universities: the Urgency of Pedagogical Reform.

Goretti Mudzongo, Zimbabwe Community Network in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, The Framework Model on the Practical Application of Engaging Men as a Sustainable Strategy for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights.

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PANEL: Democratization, Civic Engagement and the Law

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PANELISTS: Nimah Abdulraheem, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, USA, Democratization and Women’s Participation in Nigeria: The Legal Perspectives.

Oyebisi Fawole, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA, Recognizing, Motivating, and Engaging Nigerian Female Youth in the Age of Globalization.

Kemafor Chikwe, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Ireland and Iceland, Enhancing Women’s Civic and Political Participation in Africa in the Age of Globalization.

Patricia Jordan, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, The Haitian Revolution and Women’s Roles.

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PANEL: Autobiographical Voices and Women’s Sociopolitical Engagement

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PANELISTS: Fehintola Mosadomi, University of Texas, Austin, USA, Jewel of Inestimable Value: Gender, Politics, and the Yoruba Woman.

Adetayo Alabi, University of Mississippi, USA, Back to Green: Wangari Maathai, Gender, Autobiography, and African Ecological Politics.

Laure Clémence Capo-Chichi, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, Racism and Women’s Empowerment in Une citronnelle dans la neige by Gisèle Hountondji

Olusegun Taiwo, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria, Political Leadership as Panacea to Nigerian Woman Political Empowerment.

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3:45-4:45PM: JESSIE OBIDIEGWU MEMORIAL LECTURE

NNEBUCHI: Lessons from the Past, Women and Human Destiny

LECTURER: Professor Chimalum Nwankwo, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, USA

Chimalum Nwankwo is a renowned poet, literary critic and professor of English. His major publications include two books of literary criticism, a play, and five books of poetry. Nwankwo, whose poetry features in most significant new anthologies of modern African poetry won Nigeria’s prestigious ANA and ANA-CADBURY Prizes for poetry in 1988 and 2002.Nwankwo has taught at the University of Nigeria, East Carolina University, Greenville, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Speech at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

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5:00-6:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Women in the Crossfire: Waging War, Managing Conflict, Making Peace

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PANELISTS: Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, Gender and the Memory of Conflict: Eritrean and Sudanese Women.

Josephine Otieno, University of Eastern Africa, Eldoret, Kenya, Peace of Women, by Women, for Women.

Josephine Uju, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, The United Nations and Conflict Resolution in Africa: The Need for a New Approach.

Una Osili, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, and Richard Akresh, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA, The Long Term Consequences of Civil War: Evidence from Nigeria.

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PANEL: Perspectives on Gender, Globalization, and Economics

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PANELISTS: Ngozi Eze, WfWI-Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria, From Victim to Active Citizen: A Model for Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Case Study of WfWI-Nigeria.

Ruth Maji, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria, Small/Medium Scale Enterprises as a Tool of Industrialization in Nigeria.

Adannaya Nwaogu, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada, Reinventing Colonialism/Imperialism through Globalization: A Critical Reflection from Multiple Perspectives.

 

Benedict Ilozor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, USA, Diversity Exposé for African Women: A 21st Century Globalization, Survival, and Sustainability Question

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PANEL: Educating, Learning and Building Communities

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PANELISTS: Mbaiver Nyitse, Beneu State University, Makurdi, Nigeria, Education, Gender, and Sustainable Development: An Appraisal of Nigerian Novels

Chinedu Okeke, University of Swaziland, Swaziland, Guilty or not Guilty? How Nigerian Homes Impede the Aspirations of Nigerian Girls for Higher Education.

N. Musehane, University of Venda, South Africa, Language and Gender Interaction Rate of Africans in Africa with Special Reference to the Tshivenda Speaking Community of the Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Benita Moolman, University of California, Davis, USA, The Sexual Socialization of Sex Offenders in South Africa: Learning through ‘the Everyday.’

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PANEL: Women, Economic Development and Sustainability

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PANELISTS: Evelyn Urama, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Feminist Interventions and Development in Igbo Society.

Akachi Ezeigbo, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Options for Women Development in Igbo Patriarchy: The Dynamics of Flora Nwapa’s Womanist Intervention.

Mutiat Kareem-Ojo, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Major Provisions of the Nigerian National Policy on Women and Its Implications on Women’s Development.

Raimi Asiyanbola, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, Urbanization, Transportation and Gender Research Issues and Insights: Towards a Gender Sensitive Transport Development in Nigeria.

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Wednesday, AUGUST 5

Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center

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8:30-10:15 AM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Democratization and Political Participation: Women, Politics and Liberation Struggles

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PANELISTS: Victoria Kankara, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria,  Democratization and Women’s Participation.

Kehinde Farinde, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria, An Appraisal of Nigerian Newspaper Coverage of Women’s Participation in 2007 General Elections.

Raul Kassea, University of Yaounde, Cameroon, Anna Maija Pirttila-Backman and Inari Sakki, University of Helsinki, Finland, Electoral Registration and Fraud in Cameroon.

Idongesit Eshiet, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Impact of Rural Women’s Association on Women’s Political Empowerment and Participation in Nigeria: A Study of Akwa Ibom State

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PANEL: Violence against Females: Causes, Consequences and Interventions

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PANELISTS: Chidi Asika-Enahoro, Love and Balance, Inc., Pembroke Pines, USA, Violence/Child Sexual Abuse & Different Forms of Intervention.

Tirelo Modie-Moroka, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, Gender-based violence and Social Work Education in Botswana: Issues and Prospects for Practice.

Joy Ugwu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Understanding Gender Violence: The Influence of Age, Educational Attainment, and Assertiveness.

Josephine Uju, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Women’s Rights Violation: Aspects of Violence against Women by State and State Agents.

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PANEL: Gender Speak: Explorations of Language and Other Forms of Communication

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PANELISTS: Chioma L. Enwerem, Imo State University, Violence against Women in Selected Nigerian Video Films and Novels

Veronica Quillien, Superior, Wisconsin, USA, Statut et Usage des Langues Africaines, Langue de Culture et Outils de Development.

Obododimma Oha, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Representations of Women Solidarity and Leadership Problems in Segun’s Poetry.

Uche Igbokwe, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Influence of Gender/Sexist Language on Expository Writing of Undergraduate Students.

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PANEL: Education, Ageism and Women’s Empowerment

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PANELISTS: Isaac Adeniran, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Differentials in Educational Opportunity and Women’s Disempowerment in Nigeria.

Jahu Adams, University of Zululand, Natal, South Africa, Education Support for Female Students at Universities, Women Empowerment.

Jake Dan-Azumi, University College London, London, UK, Cultural Anachronism and Women Disempowerment in African Agriculture.

Chuks Mba, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, Gender Disparities in Living Arrangements of Older People in Ghana: Evidence from the 2003 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey.

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10:30 AM-12:15 PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Economic Issues, Gender, and Sustainable Development

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PANELISTS: Marsha Robinson, Otterbein College, Westerville, USA, Oil, Water, and African Matriarchy: Time-Tested Sustainable Development 21st Century.

Tejumale Siyanbola and Erlinda Dionco-Adetayo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Interrogating the Implementation of Nigeria’s Human Capital Development Initiatives: Bridging the Gap Between Intended and Actual Sustainable Economic Growth and Development.

Samuel Adewuyi, Adeola Adenugba, F. Odunsi, University of Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Nigeria, and Ayodeji Aluko, National Productivity Centre, Abuja, Nigeria, Socioeconomic Analysis of Poverty Level among Peasant Farmers, Lagos, Nigeria.

Mary Idowu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Does Gender Affect the Quality of Soil and Vegetable Amaranth under Peri-Urban of Osun State, Nigeria?

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PANEL: Globalization and Sustainable Development: Disciplinary Interventions

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PANELISTS: Carol Opara, University of Lagos, An Appraisal of the Middle Basic Education Curriculum in French as a Tool for Sustainable Development in an Age of Globalization.

Josephine Mokwunyei, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, Gender and Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization: The Arts and Humanities to the Rescue.

Chinyerem Madumere-Obike, University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Empowering Women through Education: A Veritable Tool for Sustainable Development.

Obioma Nnaemeka, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, Humanizing Globalization: Exploring Challenges, Mapping Solutions

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PANEL: Gender in Educational Research and Curriculum Development

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PANELISTS: Sherifat Ehindero and Ajeigbe Oluwafemi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Differential Responses of Students-Lecturers to Selected Concepts in Learning and Learning Environment in Multicultural Classrooms of Tertiary Institutions.

Mncedisi Maphalala, University of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Conceptualization of Service-Learning as an Educational Approach in the Curriculum: A Case Study.

Ibrahim Jawondo, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Women and the Development of Islamic Scholarship in Nigeria in the 20t Century.

Akosa Wambalaba, United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya, L’Initiative de Soutien à l’Education en mathématiques: Une analyse des Résultats d’une initiative japonaise au Kenya.

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PANEL: Exploring Issues of Access and Equity in Education

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PANELISTS:

Maureen Olel, Maseno University, Maseno, Kenya, The Effect of Privately Sponsored Students Program on Access and Equity in Public Universities in East Africa.

Nonso Bisong, Sarah Oden and Uchenna Egodi, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria, Socio-Personal Variables and Access to Education Among Females in Central Senatorial District of Cross River State, Nigeria.

Benedicta Agusiobo, ENHANSE/USAID Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria, A National Teacher Education Policy for Pre-service and In-service Education in Nigeria for Sustainable Development.

Phil Okeke-Ihejirika, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Beyond Access and Representation in Africa’s Higher Education: Interrogating Gender Equity in Three Nigerian Universities.

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2:00-3:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Human Rights and Gender-Based Violence in African Communities

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PANELISTS: Anna-Maija Pirttilä-Backman and Inari Sakki, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; and Raul Kassea, University of Yaoundé I, E.N.S., Yaoundé, Cameroon, Gender Asymmetry and Human Rights in Cameroon.

Mary Esere, Irene Durosaro, and Adeyemi Idowu, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Causes and Consequences of Intimate Partner Rape and Violence: Experiences of Selected Married Women in Nigeria.

Funmi Bammeke, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Once Is Not Enough: Insights into Gender, Violence and the Status of Women in Nigeria.

Mobolanle Sotunsa, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Nigeria, Reading as a Tool for Combating Girl Trafficking in Nigeria: A Study of Trafficked by Akachi Ezeigbo.

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PANEL: Transnational Engagement and the Pursuit of Global Justice

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PANELISTS: Bahati Kuumba, Spelman College, Atlanta, USA, Mapping the Transnational in African Women’s Activism: Uncharted Terrains of Struggle.

Rosa Tezanos-Pinto, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, Isolation and Conflict in Hispaniola: Breaking Barriers through Social Justice and Service Learning.

Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside, USA, Reconceptualizing Women’s Rights: The Theory, Practice, and Poetics of El Taller International’s ‘Courts of Women.’

Pétronille Vaweka Rutaya, Membre de la chaire de l’UNESCO à l’Université de Kinshasa, la

République Démocratique du Congo, Conflits Identitaires et Violences Ethniques à l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo.

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PANEL: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Film and Print

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PANELISTS: Jennifer Thorington Springer, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, Beyond the Gaze: Black Female Bodies in Motion.

Jude Akudinobi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Subjects and Predicates: ‘Acada’ Representation and Nollywood’s Lesson Plan.

Nduka Otiono, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Not yet the Last of the Strong Ones: Orality and the Revolutionary Role of African Women in Social Transformation in Sembene Ousmane’s Molaade.

Adepeju Oti, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Triple “S”: A Sociological Analysis of Gender Violence as Reported by Major Nigerian Newspapers.

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PANEL: Gendered Inequalities: Women in Higher Education and Society

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PANELISTS: Theron Ford, John Carroll University, Cleveland, USA, Women in Higher Education: The Intersection of Religion, Gender and Race.

Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, Gendered Inequalities: Women’s Career Progression at Makerere University.

Christiana Ogbogu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Sex Disparity in Academia and the Implication on Performance: A Gender Perspective.

Nkechi Obianozie, Life Shift Initiative, Abuja, Nigeria, Aristo Syndrome: Social Ill and Gendered Injustice.

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4:00-5:45PM Concurrent Panels

PROJECT PANEL: TENGIT—Aspiration, Agency, Collaboration and Constraint: The Complexity of Girls’ Schooling in Northern Nigeria and Northern Tanzania

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PANELISTS: Jo Heslop, University of London, London, UK

Clement Wasah, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), Abuja, Nigeria

Andrew Mamdeu, ActionAid Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

Israel Laizer, Maarifa ni Ufunguo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Glory Minja, ActionAid Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Elaine Unterhalter, University of London, London, UK

Jenks Okwori, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Salamatu Musa, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), Abuja, Nigeria

Emeka Ononamadu, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), Abuja, Nigeria

Azaveli Lwaitama, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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PANEL: Rethinking Feminism, Masculinities and Social Engagement

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PANELISTS: Ronda Henry, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, New Black Man: Womanist Interventions and Progressive Black Masculinity.

Aisha Ibrahim, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Testimony: Sierra Leonean Women Narrating the War Story

Remy Oriaku, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Education and Consciousness-Raising for Social Engineering in African Women’s Writing.

Raphael d’Abdon, University of Udine, Italy, and Natalia Moebatsi, University South Africa, South Africa, Re-Harmonizing Our Communities: Echoes of Partnership in the Works of Black African Female Artists.

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PANEL: Challenges and Prospects of the New Global Economy

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PANELISTS: M. Nurunnaher, Kyoko Kusakabe, Mokaddes Alit and Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes, Flinders University, Australia, Impact of Micro Credit Programs on Women’s Empowerment: A Case Study of Greater Noakhali Aquaculture Project (GNAEP), Bangladesh.

John Fobanjong, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, USA, The Economy, Global Capital, and Urban Transformation in Africa

Damary Sikalieh, United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya, Charles Lagat and Brian Muchiri, Moi University, Nairobi, Kenya, The Effects of Business Incubation on Small and Medium Enterprise Productivity.

Beatrice Okoth and John Alwala, Maseno University, Maseno, Kenya, Interactive Radio Instructions for the Underprivileged in Kenya: Prospects and Impediments.

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PANEL: Education, Gendered Spaces and Employment Opportunities

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PANELISTS: Josephine Alumanah, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Gender and the University System: Employment of Academic Staff.

Lena Jones, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, Race and Gender Marginalization in the Service Sector

Veronica Okeke, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Engendering the Disciplines: Trends in the Participation of Women as Academic Staff in Nigerian Universities.

Jessica Ezekiel-Hart, Rivers State College of Education, Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, Appraising the Effectiveness of Women in Nigerian Colleges of Education: A Quadrifocal Analysis.

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6:00-8:00 PM TECHNOLOGY FORUM

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Exploring the Use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Networking: Resources for Capacity Building by African Women’s Organizations

WAAD ICT Forum Coordinator: Dr. Elsie Halliday Okobi, Southern Connecticut University, USA

Dr. Elsie Rogers Halliday Okobi is currently an associate professor in the Department of Information and library sciences at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut. USA. Her areas of specialization include Reference and Information services, online teaching, Management and use of Electronic Information Sources, Library Automation and Internet Training. She is particularly interested in helping to educate librarians in developing countries. She helped in the development of the prototype training materials for Health Internetwork (HINARI) and has coordinated Train-the-Trainer technology workshops in Tanzania. She is a consultant for School Libraries. She holds a Master of Science in Information Science, a Master of Library Science and a doctorate in Computer Information Technology. She owns a library automation and Information brokerage consulting business.

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Thursday, AUGUST 6

Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center

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8:30-10:15 AM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Science, Technology, and Gender Politics

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PANELISTS: Daniel Asuquo, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria, Gender Digital Divide Assessment: Bridging for Educational Development.

Chinyere Nnorom, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Persisting Gender Disparity in Engineering and Science Based Courses in Nigeria: An Aftermath of Socialization?

Gada Kadoda, Epidemiological Laboratory, Khartoum, Sudan, Habboba New Knowledge: Perspectives from the Barefoot Solar Engineers Project in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan

Leah Mutanu, United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya, Incubation Model for Gender Digital Equality: A Case of Higer Education Institutions in Kenya.

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PANEL: Gendered Perspectives on HIV/AIDS in Africa: Women’s Health Revisited

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PANELISTS: Christiana Atibil, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, The Role of Female Sex Workers’ Association in the Battle against HIV/AIDS Epidemic in West Africa: A Comparative Studey of Senegal, Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Lanre Ikuteyijo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Double Loss: Incarcerated, Segregated, and at Risk of HIV/AIDS: A Study of Female Inmates in Selected Prisons in Nigeria.

Caroline Muoghalu, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and A. Jegede, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Gender and HIV/AIDS in Nigeria: The Case of the Igbo of South East Nigeria.

Brigitte Bagnol, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Gender Issues in Small-Scale Family Poultry-Production: Experiences with ND and HPAI Control and HIV/AIDS Mitigation

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PANEL: Access to Science and Technology Education in Nigeria—Gender Implications

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PANELISTS: Helen Aderemi, O. Hassan, W. Siyanbola, K. Taiwo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Science and Technology Education in Nigeria Tertiary Institutions: A Gender Participation Perspective.

Olabisi Olasehinde-Williams and Bolanle Olawuyi, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Qualitative Analysis of Female Students’ Perspectives of Engineering and Technology-Related Courses in Tertiary Institutions: A Case Study of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

Sarah Oden, Nonso Bisong, and Comfort Agbor, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria, Attitude, Access, and Compliance to Information Communication Technology, Among Female Lecturers in Tertiary Institutions in Cross River State, Nigeria.

Josephine Otieno, University of Eastern Africa, Eldoret, Kenya, Technological Women for Advancement.

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PANEL: Thinking through Educational Equity and Lifestyles of Nigerians

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PANELISTS: Emmanuel Okwaraocha, Southern University, Baton Rouge, USA, Gendered Inequalities and Access to Education: Evidence from Nigeria.

Sunday Ofili Ibobor, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, Gendered Inequalities and Access to Education in Nigeria.

Bridget Nzimiro, University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria and Chidi Nwadiaro, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria, The Impact of Gendered Inequalities on the Access of Women to Education in Nigeria.

Golda Ekenedo, University of Port Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, Gender Differences in Exercise Participation among Employees of Oil & Gas Companies.

Esther Nzewi, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA, Analysis of Chronic Stress, Perception and Appraisal of Stressors, Coping Styles and Psychological Distress among Nigerians.

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10:30 AM-12:15 PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Creative Alternatives: The Value of Considering Artistic Expressivity

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PANELISTS: Shadiat Shuaib, University of Illorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Creative Alternative to Contemporary Nigerian Theater Make-Up.

Alexander Kure, Kaduna State University, Kaduna, Nigeria, Gender Conflicts in Selected Prose-Fiction from Northern Nigeria.

John Sherman, Mesa Verde Press, Indianapolis, USA, Educating against War and Militarism through Creative Writing Based on Personal Experiences.

Freida High, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, Crisis in Nigerian Museums: A Major Threat to Nigerian Civilization and History

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PANEL: Girl-Child Education: Empowering Young Women

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PANELISTS: Olabisi Aina, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Gender Budgeting in the Education Sector: Implications for Girl Child Education in Nigeria.

Unoma Azuah, Lane College, Jackson TN, USA, Marriage and Motherhood as Anathema to Girl Child Education in the 21st Century.

Obioma Nnaemeka, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA, Educating Girls for A Complex World: A View from Africa.

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, Researching Teenage Pregnancy and Understanding the Constructions of Youth Gendered Identities.

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PANEL: Educating Females in Africa and the African Diaspora: Reviewing Alternatives

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PANELISTS: Virginia Mapedzahama, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia, Ain’t I Anything But Black?”: Living and Negotiating Gendered Blackness in the New African Diaspora—One Woman’s Telling.

Vongai Kandiwa, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, Rearing and Educating Orphans in sub-Saharan Africa: A Socio-Political Comparison of Alternative Institutional Arrangements.

Mary Jane Androne, Albright College, Reading, USA, Dangaremgba’s Tambudzai Sigauke: An African Girls’ Education

Sofiane Bouhdiba New York University, New York, USA/University of Padua, Italy, Women in Motion: The Gendered Space of African Pentecostal Diaspora in Italy.

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PANEL: Transforming Higher Education: Female Leadership

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PANELISTS: Irene Salami-Agunloye, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria, Women’s Under-Representation in Higher Education Leadership in Nigeria.

Eunice Oyebade, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and Omojola Awosusi, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, Women and the Management of Higher Education in Nigeria: Research, Training and Administration.

Gladys Chiaha, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Transformational Leadership Behaviors among Female University Administrators in Nigeria.

Oseni Afisi, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria, Power and Womanhood in African Thought: A Critical Evaluation.

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2:00-3:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Mapping Lives, Writing History: The (Auto)Biography as Genre

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PANELISTS: Sabine Jell-Bahlsen, Ogbuide Films, New York, USA/Gstadt, Germany, Let Her Songs Prevail-Reflections on the Biography of the late Eze Mmiri, Martha Mberekpe of Orsu-Obodo, Oguta LGA, 1939-2007.

Marie Umeh, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA, How Flora Nwakuche Eliminated Poverty, Created Wealth, and Empowered the People after the Nigerian Civil War!

Hauwa’u Evelyn Yusuf, Kaduna State University, and Adefarakan Adedayo Yusuf, Kaduna Business School, Leadership Challenges in Capacity Building in Period of Financial Meltdown.

Patience Opata, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Socio-Economic Determinants of the Performance of Informal Women’s Cooperative Microfinance Societies in Enugu State, Nigeria

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PANEL: Justice, Feminism, Nigerian Fiction, and Sustainable Development

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PANELISTS: Romanus Muoneke, University of St. Thomas, Houston, USA, Morality and Justice in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

Chinyere Okafor, Wichita State University, Wichita, USA, Omumu Concept of Begetting: A Pro-feminist Lesson from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

Nwagbo Nnenyelike, The Sun Publishing Limited, Media Intervention in Women’s Human Rights Violation in Nigeria.

Ada Azodo, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, USA, What Is Feminism in the Nigerian Context Today?

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PANEL: Gender, Urbanization and Employment Opportunities

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PANELISTS: Olumuyiwa Akinbamijo and Adenike Olugboji, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, Urban Livability and Environmental Therapeutics: Social Injustice and Gender Issues in Third World Cities.

Bella Akhagba, Association for Child Health, Benin City, Nigeria, Mainstreaming Gender in Water Management.

Winnie Nkhuna, National Department of Arts and Culture, Wierda Park, South Africa, Reconstructing the Plight of African Unemployed Women Who Struggle to Make Ends Meet: A Gender Perspective

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PANEL: Religion and Cultural Practices Revisited

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PANELISTS: Gretchen Tressler, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA, Updating the Dialogue: The Role of Religious Patriarchy in the Mis-Education of American Women about African Women.

Elias K. Bongmba, Rice University, Houston, USA, African Women’s Theology: A Neglected Field in African Studies.

Patrick Nnoromele, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, USA, Women Liberation Movement versus Biblical Christianity in Africa.

Elinami Swai, University of Toledo, Toledo, USA, Forms of Knowledge Systems: Which Way Africa?

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4:00-5:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Education, Society, and Politics–Global Perspectives

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PANELISTS: Kehinde Ajayi, University of California, Berkeley, USA, Gender and Educational Aspiration: Lessons from School Choice and Student Placement in Ghana.

Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, Negotiating Gender, Religion and Education in Senegal.

Ruth Needleman, Indiana University, Fort Wayne, USA, Brazilian Popular Education: Path to Full Citizenship.

Isaac Adeniran, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Globalization and Socio-Economic Changes among Nigerian Women.

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PANEL: Feminization of Poverty, Sustainable Development and Critical Interventions

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PANELISTS: Jane Onsongo, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, Eldoret, Kenya, Do Poverty Interventions Address Gender Issues?: Reflections from Research in the Department of Education in a Kenyan Province and District.

Chris Akani, Rivers State College of Education, Rumuolumeni, Nigeria, Feminization of Poverty and Wars in Africa: The Challenge of Leadership.

Busisiwe Ndawonde-Nene and Eunice Dlamini, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, Indigenous Knowledge, Women and Issues of Sustainable Development.

Aaron Agbo and Ike Onyishi, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Psychological Empowerment and Development of Entrepreneurship among Women: Implications for Sustainable Economic Development.

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PANEL: Thinking and Practicing Gender: Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Practices

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PANELISTS: Eleanor Nwadinobi. Widows Development Organization, Enugu, Nigeria. Harmful Widowhood Practices in Modern Day Southern Nigeria: Myth or Reality

Usman Raheem, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Perception of Climate Change Impact among Women Farmers in Ilorin Sough LGA of Kwara State, Nigeria.

Christine Moderbacher, University of Austria, Austria, Breast Ironing in Yaoundé/Cameroon: Local Practice, Global Impact

Crystal Hunter, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA, Resurrecting the Real Isis: The Roles of Mythology and Religion in Gender Hierarchy.

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PANEL: Globalization and Environmental Preservation: A Gendered Perspective

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PANELISTS: Anene Ejikeme, Trinity University, San Antonio, USA, Climate Change and Gender: An Overlooked Connection.

Shambhavi Gopalkrishna, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Gender: A Missing Component in Studies of Climate Change and Human Insecurity in Africa in the New Millennium.

Anne Omori, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Impact of Women’s Education on Environmental Preservation and Conservation of Forest Resources in Nigeria.

Ijeoma Madu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Preserving the Environment, Saving the Planet.

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6:00-7:00PM: FLORA NWAPA MEMORIAL LECTURE

Evaluating a Big Sister and Pioneer: The Life and Work of Flora Nwapa, Creative Legend

LECTURER: Professor Omolara Ogundipe, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana

Omolara Ogundipe is Professor of English and Africana Studies and Director of the Writing Center at Ashesi University College, Accra, Ghana. She is a former occupant of the Endowed Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies at Rutgers University. She is a leading Nigerian feminist theorist, poet, literary critic, educator and activist who is recognized as one of the foremost writers on African women and African feminism. She is known as a writer whose works capture most vividly the complexities of African life.

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7:15-8:00PM: POSTER BOARD PRESENTATION

LifeShift Initiative: Equip, Educate, Inspire

Ngozi Okose, Idu Nwapa, Maureen Nweke and Nkechi Obianozie present Lifeshift Initiative (LI), a nongovernmental organization set up by women volunteers and professionals who live in different parts of the world but have grassroots connections to Africa. The organization’s mission is to design and implement developmental projects in areas of education and health services.

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COORDINATOR: Dr. Ngozi Okose, Houston, USA

Dr. Ngozi Okose is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Nigeria for over twelve years, during which time she taught many undergraduate and graduate level courses in counseling, published several professional articles, and presented numerous conference papers. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Over the years Dr Okose has served in various administrative capacities. She is a Texas State Approved Supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselor-Interns. She coordinated Guidance and Counseling Sandwich (summer) programs at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and served in many faculty and university committees. A former Inspector of Education (Guidance and Counseling Services) in Nigeria, she still liaises professionally with many counseling and consulting groups in Nigeria and provides consultancy to some African based non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Building on over 25 years of experience as both a college professor and a psychotherapist, Dr Okose combines private practice with research and writing. Dr Okose divides her time between Nigeria and the United States.

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Friday, AUGUST 7

Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center.

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8:30-10:15 AM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Women in the Academy: Challenges and Prospects

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PANELISTS: Gladys Esiobu, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Enhancing Gender Equity and Lifelong Skills Acquisition of Pre-Service Teachers through Group Research Projects.

Felicia Akubue, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Integration of Peace Education and Conflict Resolution into Secondary School Social Studies Curriculum.

Adenike Akinjobi, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Balancing the Acts: The Challenges of Women Academics in Nigeria.

Rosaire Ifedi, Ashland University Columbus Center, Columbus, USA, Ambassadors from the Academy: Forging New Roads of Understanding.

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PANEL: Women’s Engagement with Religion for Social Change

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PANELISTS: Justina Dugbazah, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, Negotiating the Participation of Women in Religions and Development in Nigeria: The Case of Jos and Ibadan.

Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies. Kuru-Jos, Nigeria, Towards the domestication of CEDAW in Nigeria: The Role of Women’s Movement’s Engagement with Christianity.

Fatima Adamu, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, Women’s Movements Engagement with Islam/Muslims for the Domestication of CEDAW in Nigeria.

Adebayo Ajala, NISER, Ibadan, Nigeria, and Bolatito Lanre-Abbas, University of Ibadan.

Women’s Movements Collaboration with Religion for Legal Reform on Affirmative Action in Anambra state, Nigeria: Lessons and Prospects.

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PANEL: Gender and Diasporic Literary Considerations: Traditions, Survival, Space, and Empowerment

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PANELISTS: Bunmi Oyinsan, York University, Canada, Voice of a Masquerade: Hidden Traditions of Orature in the Poetry of Phyllis Wheatley.

Raisa Simola, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland, The Motif of Gendered Survival in Some Modern Master-and-Slave Narratives.

Gloria Onyeoziri, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Imagining Conversational Space in African and Caribbean Women’s Fiction.

Joyce Ashuntantang, Hillyer College of Hartford, West Hartford, USA.Creating Voice & Carving Space: Notes from an African Woman in the Diaspora.

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PANEL: African Literature & European Languages: Women’s Roles, Empowerment, and Social Consciousness

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PANELISTS: Justina Okoye, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, Diction and Empowerment of Women: A Study of Selected Works of Aminata Sow Fall, Mariama Ba, Ifeoma Okoye and Zaynab Alkali.

Uchechukwu Evelyn Madu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Creativity (Oral and Written Tradition), Artistic Expression and Development.

Mary Olujide, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Sexism in English Language.

Victor Ariole, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, Metalinguistic Items and French Language Deconstruction in Literary Works.

Mbaiver Nyitse, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria, Education, Gender, and Sustainable Development: An Appraisal of Nigerian Novels.

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10:30 AM-12:15 PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Mobilizing Girl Power: Equal Opportunity and Development

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PANELISTS: Nonso Bisong, Sarah Oden, and Uchenna Egodi, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria, Gender Resource Mobilization for Equal Opportunities of the Girl Child River State.

Grace Osakue and Ruth Ikhide, Osayawe Best-Eghomwanre, Girls’ Power Initiative, Benin City, Nigeria, Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment: The Girls’ Power Initiative Example

Justina Eze and Mabel Obidoa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Girl Child Labour: Perception of Helping and Non-helping Professionals.

Grace Adetula, Freedom Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria, and Adenrele Awotona, University of Massachusettes, Boston, USA, The Role of Demobilized Girl Soldiers in Participatory Community Development After Wars in Africa.

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PANEL: African Women Navigating Local and Global Realities

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PANELISTS: Tolulope Ola, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, Women’s Empowerment as an Economic Force in Rural Employment in Nigeria: Need for Empowerment Framework Approach.

Mojubaolu Okome, Brooklyn College, CUNY, New York, USA, Active Participation, Insignificant Gains: The Elusiveness of Gender Equality for African Women in the Liberal Global Economy.

Christiana Okechukwu, Montgomery College, Rockville, USA, Nigerian Women’s Education in the 21st Century and National Development.

Gloria Chuku, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, USA, Gender Transformation and the Ambivalence of Western Education in Africa: The Case of Nigerian Women.

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PANEL: Healthy Living: Eating Habits, Gender Identities and Health Reform

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PANELISTS: Jacquelyn Robinson and Oluseyi Vanderpruye, Albany State University, Albany, and Linda Alford, Crisp Regional Urgent Care, Albany, USA, Eating Habits among Overweight Female African American Students: A Need for Health Education Intervention.

Karen Ferreira-Meyers, University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni, Swaziland, Anorexia Nervosa in the Auto-fictional Writings of A. Nothomba and Tsitsi Dangaremgba.

Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe, Mt. Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Nyokabi Kamau, St. Paul’s University, Nairobi, Kenya, In Search of Positive Masculinities: Women-Men Partnership in Higher Education and Sustainable Development.

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PANEL: Women’s Contributions to the Development of African Agriculture

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PANELISTS: Dominic Akpan, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria, Empowering Ibibio Rural Women for Increase Food Production in the 21st Century.

Juliana Ukonze & S. O. Olaitan, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Competency Improvement Needs of Women in Agriculture in Processing Cocoyam into Flour and Chips for Food Security in South-Eastern Nigeria.

Joseph Charles, Arit Charles, Charles Bassey, and Esther Archibong. University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria, Women in Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa.

Bridget U. Ubochi, CompassCann Inc., Toronto, Canada, Wealth in Indigenous Knowledge of Culture and Religion Ignored? The Case of Women Farmers in Imo State, Nigeria.

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2:00-3:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Gender, Education, and Enrollment Policies and Learning Outcomes

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PANELISTS: M. Salman, Lasele Yahaya, and Adebayo Adewara, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Mathematics Education in Nigeria: Gender and Spatial Dimensions of Enrollment.

Tejumade Siyanbola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Appraising the Admission Policy of Osun-State (Nigeria) Technical Colleges as a Correlate of Gendered Inequalities in Enrollment Ratio.

Chinwe Anunobi, Federal University of Technology, Francisca Mbagwu and Mary Oga, Imo State University, Gender Distribution in University Employment and Enrollment: An Examination of Female Present and Future Contribution to National Development.

Daphne Gumbi, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa, Principals’ Management Skills for the Effective Management of Physical Resources in Rural Schools.

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PANEL: Colonialism and Gender Inequality in Africa: Mapping New Arenas of Engagement

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PANELISTS: Daphne Ntiri, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, Separate but Unequal: Gender, Literacy and the Challenges of Africa’s Colonial Legacy.

Angela Izuagba and Ada Afurobi, Alvin Ikoko Federal College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria, Globalization and Gender Equity: The Role of Education.

Binta Ibrahim, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Strategies for Sustaining Recent Gender Equality Ideologies in Oral Dialectics.

Aaron Agbo and Ike Onyishi, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Creativity and Gender Practices: Implications for Human and National Development.

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PANEL: Women, Education and Political Leadership

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PANELISTS: Tunji Azeez, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria, Myth and Reality of Rural Women’s Empowerment: A Study of Selected Communities in Lagos.

Patricia Gomes, Universita degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy, Women and Politics in Guinea Bissau: From Liberation Struggle to the New Political Contest of the Nineties.

Pesanayi Gwirayi, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa, Impact of Gender on the Research Activities of Academic Staff at the Midlands State University

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PANEL: Who Owns The Body? Exploring Sexual Harassment of and Trafficking in Females as Human Rights Violation

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PANELISTS: Kofi Johnson, Fayetteville State University, USA, Sexual Harassment: A Case Study of Nigeria.

Mary Lewu, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Discrimination against and Sexual Harassment of Women in Nigeria: An Overview.

Oghoadena Clementina Osezua, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, The Woman’s Body, a Man’s Field: The Commoditization of Female Sexuality among the Binis of Southern Nigeria.

Rebecca Usoro, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria, Gendered Violence, Human Rights and Social Injustice in Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s “Trafficked”

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4:00-5:45PM Concurrent Panels

PANEL: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture and Music

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PANELISTS: Samiat Abubakre, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria, Artistic Expressions and Development: A Survey of Young Women in Music Industry.

Albert Oikelome, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, ‘Are Real Women Just Bad Porn?’ A Look at the Role of Women in Nigeria Hip Hop Culture.

Laketta Boldin, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, USA, African-American Concerns: History, Survival, and Political Rights.

Uchenna Onuzulike, Ohio University, Athens, USA, Nollywood: Gendered Lives in Nigerian Movies.

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PANEL: Migration and Its Discontents: Africans in the Diaspora and Survival Strategies

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PANELISTS: Esther Onuorah, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Balancing Work, Family and Social Life: African Women Immigrants in the United States

Adaeze Egole-Oziri, International Healthcare Company, Cincinnati, USA, Somali Immigrant Women’s Experience in the USA and Need for Empowerment.

Ngozi Okose, Houston, Texas, USA, Mental Health Delivery outside the Cage of Micro level Services: Women Empowerment and Social Change.

Quenia de Alleluia, Centro de Formacao Profissional Alzira de Aleluia, Sao Palo, Brazil, Acculturation and Stress among International African and Latino College Students.

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PANEL: Keys to Agricultural Innovation in Rural Communities

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PANELISTS: Ifeoma Dimelu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Responsibilities of Homemakers in the Processing, Storage, and Preservation of Pepper (Capsum Species) for Food Security in Southern Nigeria.

Florence Ifeanyieze and S. O. Olaitan, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, Competency Improvement Needs of Women in Agriculture in Processing Yam Bean Seeds for Food Security in Enugu State, Nigeria.

Isaac Oluwatayo, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Gender Considerations in Decision Making in Rural Nigeria: Implications on Households’ Food Security in Ekiti State.

Florence Ntunde, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, Rural Women’s Attempt at Poverty Alleviation, Agriculture and Food Security.

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7:30-11:00 PM: BANQUET/DANCE, Chida International Hotel

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KEYNOTE: The Paradox of the Postmodern World: Politics, Religion and Women

SPEAKER: Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Nawal El Saadawi of Egypt is one of the most acclaimed and widely known female public intellectuals working today. She is a celebrated novelist, a psychiatrist, and a prolific writer whose works of fiction and non fiction have shaped global debates on women, gender, religion, medicine, economy and human rights, and greatly influenced generations of young men and women in the last four decades. For the past two years, she was the Cosby Distinguished Chair at Spelman College, Atlanta, USA. Dr. El Saadawi is the author of sixteen books of essays and non fiction, ten novels, eight collections of short stories, seven plays, and four memoirs (originally published in Arabic). Most of her works have been translated into more than thirty languages. Dr. El Saadawi has lectured and held distinguished visiting professorships in several universities and colleges in Africa, Europe and North America—Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Indiana University, University of Chicago, Duke University, UCLA, Smith College, Oxford Universit, University Autonoma at Barcelona (Spain), etc. In 1981 President Anwar Sadat put her in prison for her writings and advocacy. In 2004, Dr. El Saadawi became the first woman to run for president in Egypt.

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Saturday, AUGUST 8

MEETINGS, sight-seeing, shopping, performances

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PROGRAMS RUNNING THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE

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*WAAD FILM SERIES: Introducing the Tales-for-Thoughts: 2009 WAAD Film Series

Throughout the conference, WAAD will feature this innovative series that aims at showing the interlocking discourses of African diasporic cinema, especially as they offer multiple points of entry for engaging gender relations in the era of globalization. the series’ films are distinctive in their dynamic relationships with certain discourses that crisscross, for instance, development, education, culture, identity, history, and ‘belonging’. To the extent that the films, generally, contest the status quo, foreground contradictions and paradoxes, they constitute interventions in intricate and evolving webs of social relating.

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WAAD FILM SERIES COORDINATOR: Dr. Jude Akudinobi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Jude G. Akudinobi earned his PhD in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and teaches in the Department of Black Studies, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His works have appeared in Iris, The Black Scholar, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Social Identities, Third Text, Research in African Literatures, Meridians, Visual Anthropology Review, amongst other publications and anthologies. Dr. Akudinobi, whose research interests span the complexities of cultural politics and cinematic representations, has made presentations at prestigious institutions, and been a special guest at distinguished workshops, scholarly seminars, conferences and media events.

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*WAAD ART EXHIBITION

Being Archaic and Simple Mistakes (Art Exhibition and Presentation by Nigerian Female Artists)

This two-part exhibition—a collaboration between WAAD and Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo/The Edge Studio—of radical assemblages, considers four themes: a) Gendered spaces; b) Mentorship; c) Entrepreneurship; d) Gendered violence. Using only ‘discarded’ and cheap materials, this show intends to investigate the degree to which rejected objects, age of globalization, and programmed mindsets can communicate. Six contemporary female artists, specialists in different mediums are invited by Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo to intensely walk the audience through the process of ‘meeting’ their materials and assembling them into heavily-worded visual products. The artists will be commissioned to entirely produce specific pieces for the show that will be documented in a catalogue. The Brochure will be in two parts, titled separately as (1) Being Archaic and (2) Simple Mistakes.

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COORDINATOR of Art Exhibition: Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, The Edge Studio, Lagos, Nigeria

Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was born in Onitsha, Nigeria. She is a painter, photographer, installation artist, curator, and writer who is fascinated by everyday rituals and the translation of the most basic human emotions—such as love, anger, and laughter—into creative routes. She has had three solo exhibitions, two joint exhibitions and over fifty group shows locally and internationally. As a creative writer, her poems, short stories, and drawings have been published in several anthologies, newspapers, and journals all over the world. Her collection of poems and photographs, The Fluttering of Wings, was published by The Stone Press (2005). Nwosu-Igbo is the owner of The Edge Studio in Lagos, Nigeria.

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PARTICIPANTS/PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

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http://www.waadconf.org/conference/participantsparticipants/



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