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wpearsonMeet the new Chair of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Prof Wendy Pearson
Wendy Pearson, formerly the Undergrad Chair, is largerly responsible for overseeing the expansion of Women's Studies. Under her leadership, the Undergraduate Program has more than doubled in the last five years. We look forward to Wendy's visionary and inclusive leadership over the next four years. Learn more


erica_lawsonMeet the new Undergraduate Chair, Prof Erica Lawson
Erica Lawson was recently awarded a $110,000 grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to research Peace Huts, Gender Equality, and Women’s Post-Conflict Aspirations in Liberia. Prof. Lawson was drawn to the topic through the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. The film documents the role of women to end the Liberian Civil War (1989-2003). Mass protests led by Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a major role in encouraging peace talks, and eventually putting an end to the war. In June, Prof Lawson and Women's Studies student Ola Osman headed to Liberia, Africa to conduct field research. We look forward to a summary of ther research and more about this important project. Learn more

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Exploring how yoga healed a broken country

Mayme Audra Lefurgey, a graduate student in Western’s collaborative program between Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, recently spent three months in Colombia, interviewing a Colombian non-profit organization on how it is using yoga to help victims of the country’s civil war. Read more


How To Promote Gender Equity in the Green Economy

The realities of climate change have prompted many nations to strive for greener industries. As the green economy develops, thousands of jobs will be created, but it is unlikely that women will have equal access to these opportunities. Bipasha Baruah, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, Western University, Canada, examines the reasons for this inequality. Read More


Building gender equality in post-conflict Liberia

Erica Lawson was recently awarded a $110,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to research Peace Huts, Gender Equality, and Women’s Post-Conflict Aspirations in Liberia. Read more

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