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Fletcher School Conference on Gender and International Affairs

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2021 Conference: Transforming Bodies of Power: Organize, Amplify, Lead

Transforming Bodies of Power: Organize, Amplify, Lead

The Fletcher School is proud to host its sixth annual Conference on Gender and International Affairs in a monthly virtual format this fall, with a one-day, in-person event in the spring. CGIA is an entirely student-organized initiative that brings together a unique mix of academics, practitioners, and community leaders to promote the integration of gender analysis into the scholarship and practice of international affairs at Fletcher and beyond. Your support is critical to making the Conference possible!

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A Call to Organize, Amplify, and Lead!

This year’s theme, Transforming Bodies of Power: Organize, Amplify, Lead, expands upon the previous five conferences and our combined calls to action in a moment that calls for transformational leadership – leadership from bodies who have historically been barred from decision-making spaces: female, queer, trans, gender nonconforming, BIPOC, disabled and young bodies, and especially those of intersecting marginalized identities. Future-thinking leaders of our generation and of generations past inspire us to act, think critically, and expand our perspectives. Our goal is to expand the understanding of leadership, international and domestic alike, and challenge ourselves to re-conceptualize dominant perceptions of leadership – what qualities leaders possess, what tools they use and how they engage with institutional bodies of power. In doing so, they will help us utilize gender as an analytical tool and encourage inclusive dialogue and learning within our communities.

Fall Panels

  • September: Reimagining Power and Leadership

  • October: Feminist Foreign Policy

  • November: Grassroots Leaders Resisting Authoritarianism

  • December: The Politics of Appearance 

Why Gender? 

CGIA was conceived as a response to the lack of gender analysis in curricula and programming, a deficiency that exists not only in higher education, but in the professional fields students prepare to enter and the environments in which they study, work, and live.

CGIA seeks to bridge this gap through collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector efforts. As global citizens and future leaders, it is critical for students to understand the role that gender plays in decisions ranging from personal relationships to public policy. Gender also interacts with other socially constructed power dynamics and aspects of identity, such as class and race, in ways that require a nuanced and intersectional lens to analyze and understand.

We Need Your Help!

The Conference is free and open to all, and funding comes exclusively from student fundraising. This year's CGIA builds on a five-year legacy of student organizing, educating, and advocating while adapting to our remote optimized circumstance with monthly virtual panels. This year, CGIA is also determined to make the Conference more inclusive than ever by eliminating socio-economic barriers to participation for panelists and attendees.

Please help us maintain that commitment to accessibility and inclusivity by donating to our campaign. We can't do it without you​!

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6th Anniversary of CGIA!

This year marks the sixth anniversary for CGIA! Express your solidarity with our growing tradition of student organizing and advocacy with a gift of $6 for 6 years. Here's to many more!


Support our creative content!

Spreading the word about gendered analysis on today’s issues takes planning and resources. Help us offset the cost of marketing and spreading the word about the Conference by giving $15!


Support accessibility!

Ensuring the accessibility of our events is a priority that helps us offer programming that is inclusive. Help offset the cost of ASL interpretation and/or real-time closed captions for our panels with a gift of $25!


Thank a volunteer!

CGIA wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and brilliant panelists. At the conclusion of the Conference, we'd like to thank them with a sponsored event or gift to show our appreciation! Help us make that possible with a gift of $50.


Sponsor an attendee!

We are committed to keeping the Conference free to attend for everyone. Without the support of donors like you, we would have to charge each attendee for entrance to our events. Help us maintain the Conference's accessibility with a donation of $100!


Sponsor a speaker!

We are compensating all of this year's speakers for their contribution, reinforcing the importance of pay equality and the value of their time. Help us thank our panelists with a donation of $250!


Sponsor a panel!

Support the operations of planning, logistics, personnel, content, and tech that together, work hard to bring CGIA to life!

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