Keynote Speakers

Prof. Kalenda Eaton 

Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies University of Oklahoma,

Dr. Kalenda Eaton is a Fulbright scholar and faculty member in The Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma, USA). Her research areas include studies of the American west; literature written by women; Black social and cultural history; and Black Diaspora studies. From 2017-2019, she was the Steinbrucker Endowed Chair in Humanities at Arcadia University (Pennsylvania, USA), and founded the Humanities Research Lab during her tenure.
She is the author of Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980. Her recent publications can be found in Gender and the American West, American Studies Journal, World Literature Today, and Africa Today.

Prof. Daphna Hacker

Full Professor, Faculty of Law,
Head of Women and Gender Studies Program
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Israel's Candidate to CEDAW

Speech Title : “Deprived at both Ends: Women under Secular and Religious Family Law”

Daphna Hacker is a Full Professor at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and the Head of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the Faculty of Humanities. She researches and teaches with a focus on the intersection of law, families and gender.

She has published numerous articles in leading legal and socio-legal journals, including Law and Social Inquiry, Harvard Journal of Human Rights, Cornell Law Review, and International Journal of Law in Context. She is also the author of three books, the latest, published by Cambridge University Press is titled “Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization”, won the LSA Herbert Jacob 2018 Award for Best Book in Law & Society. The other two, published in Hebrew: Family Issues through the Lens of the Law (2012), and Parenthood in the Law – behind the Scene of Custody and Visitation upon Divorce (2008).

Prof. Hacker received her LL.B. from the Hebrew University and her LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude, and holds a Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tel Aviv University (2004). She has received numerous grants and prizes, including three research grants from the Israel Science Foundation (2009-2011; 2015-2017; 2021-2023) and a nomination to the Israeli Academy of Science Young Scholars in Humanities and Social Science Forum (2010). She served on the Governmental Committee on Aspects of Parental Responsibility upon Divorce; and was the Chief Editor of Tel Aviv University Law Review (Vol. 39-40).

Prof. Hacker is also a feminist activist. She was a founding member of Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice; a board member of the Israeli Women’s Network; and the Head of the Steering Committee of the Knowledge Center on Women and Gender, on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology. For her public service on behalf of women, she has been given the Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work (2013), and the Jewel Bellush Outstanding Israeli Feminist Award, by NCJW (2019).

Prof. Hacker’s socio-legal research focus on the intersection of law, families and gender and provide empirical as well as normative insights in relation to singlehood and gender, post-divorce parental arrangements, inheritance conflicts, filial piety towards elder parents, and transnational families. She teaches Families and Globalization, Feminist Jurisprudence, Elder Law and Qualitative Methods, and has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Hong Kong University, and the University of Warsaw.

Prof. Hacker is Israel’s candidate to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for the term 2023-2026.

Dr. Saundarya Rajesh

Social Entrepreneur,
Founder & President, Avtar Group

Dr Saundarya Rajesh, a social entrepreneur was once a second-career woman who acted against the inequalities posed by the Corporate World in engaging with women on a career break.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Silvia Abad-Merino

Faculty of Education Sciences,
University of Córdoba,

Dr. Silvia Abad-Merino (Ph.D. in Applied Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Córdoba, Spain. Her research is focused on the systematic study of how subtle forms of bias maintain structural disadvantage for a variety of vulnerable groups including immigrants, ethnic minorities and women; the evaluation of inequitable outcomes of different vulnerable populations in educational and health settings; and the enhancement of equity development, inclusion and effective cross-cultural communication in global intercultural societies. Her academic and research trajectory show a deep commitment to issues of social justice and empowering members of traditionally disadvantaged groups through education and community involvement.

Dr. Zehra Habib

Institute of Business Management (IoBM)

Dr. Zehra Habib has a PhD in Education from George Mason University, USA, where she received a dissertation fellowship award in 2011 for conducting research in Pakistan regarding underprivileged women’s participation in peace in the country. She also holds a Master’s in TESOL from American University, USA. Besides, she has a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. She has three decades of teaching experience and is the recipient of a cash award from the Governor of Sindh for excelling in academic services rendered at St. Joseph’s College, Karachi.
Her focus is specifically on gender, relating to prevention of violence against women, human rights and social justice. Of specific interest to her are women, peace and security issues and women’s contribution to peace, both in the Pakistani and international contexts. In this connection she has interned with ICAN (International Civil Society Action Network) in Washington DC headed by Ms. Anderlini who has drafted the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for Women, Peace and Security. ICAN spearheads the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). Working closely with this organization contributed vastly to Dr. Habib’s understanding and hands on experience of fighting for women’s rights and involvement of women in the peace process. Dr. Habib has conducted research and written briefs and articles for this organization.
In her own country, Pakistan, she has conducted voluntary work in girls’ schools in underprivileged areas, promoting peace education and human rights. She is also associated with local NGOs and charitable organizations which endeavor to bring underprivileged women from the periphery to the center.
Dr. Habib has participated in several international conferences, some of which have been conducted at George Washington University, USA, Washington State University USA, AERA, USA, International Education Conference, Qatar, and several gender related conferences organized by TIIKM.
Currently she is Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Department of Education, Institute of Business Management. Dr. Habib has published research papers in National and International Journals and her future projects include publishing a book on Women, Peace and Security.


Dr. Eyiwumi Bolutito Olayinka 

Department of European Studies
University of Ibadan,

Dr Eyiwumi Bolutito Olayinka is an academic researcher based in the Department of European Studies in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she teaches African Literature with focus on psychoanalytic literary studies, gender and feminist studies and postcolonial studies. She has published in scholarly articles and co-edited books in her fields of specialisation. She has also functioned as peer-review for a number of journals. She recently released a collection of feminist poems titled “Behind the Curtains: a Collection of Feminist Poems and Others”.