2016 IWIC Program

TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES

UCF Morgridge International Reading Center


Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30am- 9:00am Continental Breakfast and Registration

Lobby, Morgridge International Reading Center

9:00am- 9:15am Welcome

M.C. Santana, University of Central Florida
Global Communication Room, Morgridge International Reading Center 

9:15am-10:00am Keynote Speaker

Susan Ricci, “Women’s Global Health and Human Trafficking – A Global Perspective”
Moderator: M.C. Santana, University of Central Florida
 Most people think that slavery ended with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation…. not so! Human trafficking is a worldwide crime that ruthlessly exploits women and children into forced labor and sex.  It is the modern form of slavery and a violation of human rights. It is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world, which generates over $150 billion annually, with > 70% of the dollars spent are from the United States.  The hidden nature of this crime makes it a huge problem today, but one in which no one wants to think about or address.  This presentation is designed to raise your awareness, enrage you, and inspires you—enraged that human trafficking exists today as the fastest growing and most lucrative crimes, and to inspire you to reach out to help one of the most vulnerable populations trapped in slavery. 

10:15am-10:30am Break

10:30am- 11-30am Women and Media

Session Title: Challenges of Survival in the Face of External Pressures

Moderator: Ann Bubriski- McKenzi, University of Central Florida
Location: Millennium Gallery, Morgridge International Reading Center

Heroines, Gratifications and Emotions: What Viewers Gain from the Strengths and Weaknesses of Arya Stark in the “Game of Thrones,” Diana I. Rios, Mary Helen Millham, Ross Buck, Karin Haberlin, Linda Dam, University of Connecticut.

Women of El Salvador as the Intersection of the Informal Economy, Violence and Feminine Agency, Susan Sterner, George Washington University.

And finally, I’m pissed off: because Gender Bias still exists in the theatre, Holly McDonald, University of Central Florida.

10:30am- 11:30am Sexual Harassment

Session TitleMisplaced Cultural Values and Sexual Abuse

Moderator: Suzanne Martin, University of Central Florida.
Location: Millennium Gallery, Morgridge International Reading Center

A case study of an incident of professional sexual abuse in UK mental health services, Janet Melville-Wiseman, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom.

Gender Inequality and Immigration Problems: The Negative Impacts of the Hypersexualization of Brazilian Women, Michelle Roch, University of South Florida.

11:30am-1:00pm Lunch

11:00am-3:00pm Art Display

Hidden Arts members (UCF staff/faculty artists group)

1:15pm-2:30pm Women & Leadership

Session Title: Empowering Women Through Education

Moderator: Tom Owens, University of Central Florida
Location: Global Communication Room, Morgridge International Reading Center

Feminist Pedagogy in ‘Women and Leadership’ Courses’, Anne Bubriski-Mckenzie, University of Central Florida.

Bridging Conscious Partiality and Intersectionality Through Action Research, Claire Kelling, Virginia Tech.

Transforming young women through the World Academy for the Future of Women, Suzanne M. Martin, Shiva Jahani and Dena D. Slanda.

2:30pm-2:45pm BREAK  

2:45pm-3:45pm Women & Policy 

Session Title: Promoting Gender Equality in Cultures and Policies

Moderator: Houman Sadri, University of Central Florida
Location: Millennium Gallery, Morgridge International Reading Center

Spirituality of Women in Turkey: An Update on Dimensions and Deficiencies, Üzeyir Ok, Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, Turkey.

Gender Stereotypes in Selected Igbo Proverbs, Chinwe Ezeifeka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Infant Mortality among Black Women in Central Florida, Stephanie Jarvis, University of Central Florida.

3:45pm-4:00pm Break 

4:00pm-5:00pm Iranian Women in Resurgence 

Session Title: Iranian women breaking “Stereotypes”

Location: Global Communication, Morgridge International Reading Center
Moderator: M.C. Santana, University of Central Florida

Iranian Women status before and after Islamic Revolution of 1979, Sheida Jahani, University of Central Florida

Global Conception program and their potential impact on US teen birth control, the case study of Iran, Anna V. Eskemani, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

Iranian women’s roles in conflicts, Shiva Jahani, University of Central Florida. 

Re-domestication of women in the name of public good, Nasri Afzali, Gender & Sexuality scholar and Women’s Rights activist.

5:00pm-6:30pm Reception

Honoring international participants. All are welcome!
Lobby, Morgridge International Reading Center
Music Interlude by UCF Gospel Choir.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

9:00am-9:30am Continental Breakfast

Lobby, Morgridge International Reading Center

9:45am-10:45am Women & Workplace

Session Title: Laws, Environment, Power and Management

Moderator: Sheida Jahani, University of Central Florida
Location:  Global Communication Room, Morgridge International Reading Center

Adoption of Prevention of Sexual Harassment Code of Conduct in Pakistan Results in Increased Women Participation and Satisfaction, Uzma Alkarim, GEO TV Network, Pakistan.

The Gender Landscape of the Taiwanese Public Sector Workplace, Wei-Yun Chung, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Lifting the Mask and Socio-Cultural Enhancements of the Female Academic Bully, Helene A. Cummins, Brescia University College, Canada.

10:45am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:00pm International Women

Session Title: A Global Perspective of Women Empowerment

Moderator: Tom Owens, University of Central Florida
Location: Global Communication Room, Morgridge International Reading Center

Micro Loans: A Tool of Women Economic Empowerment: A Case Study of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, Sonia Omer, University of Punjab, Pakistan.

Challenges for International Middle Eastern Women Students at a Metropolitan University, Rosa Cintron, Shiva Jahani, Nooshan Ashtari, University of Central Florida.

Turkish Folk Music as mediator for the voice of Repressed Women and their Hopes, Serap Duran, Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi  Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Müzik Bölümü, Songul Dogru Getir, Isanbul Turkey

12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH

1:15pm-2:15pm Women and Health

Session Title: Women’s Sexual Health and Policies

Moderator: Anna V. Eskamani, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Location: Morgridge International Reading Center

Panic in the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’: An Autoethnography on Emergency Contraceptives in South Korea”, Kelly Dyer, University of South Florida.

Connecting Women’s Sexual Health, Feminism, and the Theory of Planned Behavior, Erica S. Landis, Billy T. Table and Rachel E. Reymann, University of Central Florida.

2:15pm-3:15 pm Higher Education

Session Title: Women and Academia

Moderator: Rosa Cintrón Delgado, University of Central Florida
Location: Global Communication Room, Morgridge International Reading Center

Exploring the Gender Difference of Consumers’ Intention to Accept Wearable Technology Arthur Liangchuan wu, Institute of Technology Management National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.

The power of writing: Personal and transformative journey of self-discovery, reinvention and resilience in advisee-advisor relationships, Elsie L. Olan, Paula Belló, University of Central Florida. (Round Table)

Gender and Multicultural Diversity in Public Universities in Malaysia, Shiva Ramezanpour, University of Science Malaysia.

3:15pm-4:15pm  Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP)

Session Title: Voices of Leadership: Dialogues with YWLP

Moderator: MC Santana, University of Central Florida
Location: Millennium Gallery, Morgridge International Reading Cent

“YWLP: History, Mission, Structure, and Vision”, Anne Bubriski-McKenzie, YWLP Coordinator, University of Central Florida.

“Growing Girls: The Development of Girls Studies in the Classroom and Community“, Leandra Preston-Sidler, University of Central Florida.

Importance of Sisterhood“, Semline Delva, University of Central Florida

From Big Sister to Program Manager“, Kahfi Sims and Valerie Tindall, University of Central Florida.

4:15pm-4:30pm Break 

4:30pm-5:15pm Closing Ceremony

Conference Concluding Statement
Conference Certificate Distribution