The 7th International Conference on Future of Women 2024


Keynote Speakers

Eleanor Krassen Covan

Eleanor Krassen Covan

Editor in Chief - Health Care for Women International
Journal of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues
University of North Carolina Wilmington USA

Title: “Charting Lives, Shaping Futures: Exploring Women’s Health and Evolving Narratives through Decades”

Eleanor Krassen Covan, a dedicated sociologist, is recognized for her contributions in the fields of women’s health, gerontology, and the collection of 120 life stories of women spanning the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Eleanor embarked on her academic journey at Temple University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in September 1966. This laid the groundwork for her future achievements in the field. Motivated by her passion for understanding human behavior and societal dynamics, she pursued a Master of Arts degree in sociology at Temple University, completing her studies in February 1973. Driven to further expand her knowledge and expertise, Eleanor pursued a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (U.C. Medical Center).

She engaged in rigorous research and specialized in women’s health, gerontology and the impact of disasters on the elderly. In January 1979, she successfully earned her doctoral degree, cementing her status as an accomplished sociologist. Eleanor’s commitment to her profession extends beyond her research. She has actively engaged in professional and community service to promote women’s health issues and empower women. In 2001, she served as the Convener of the 12th International Congress on Women’s Health Issues held in Wilmington, North Carolina. Additionally, she has led workshops, delivered lectures, and participated in planning committees, highlighting topics such as feminism, women’s health care, and aging.

Her dedication to community service is evident through her involvement in various organizations and initiatives. Eleanor has served as a member of the UNCW Faculty Women’s Network, contributing to campus programs celebrating Women’s History Month. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital Hospitality House of Wilmington, providing support to individuals and families in need. Furthermore, she has been an active participant in the Wilmington Women’s Health Network, promoting awareness and education on women’s health issues.

Eleanor’s contributions have been recognized through grants, fellowships, and awards. Notably, she was nominated for the Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation in 2002. She has also received grants from organizations such as the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and Taylor and Francis, which have supported her work in gerontology education and her role as the editor-in-chief of the journal Health Care for Women International. Her dedication to advancing knowledge, promoting women’s empowerment, and addressing the needs of the elderly has established her as a respected figure in her field. Her work continues to impact individuals, communities, and academic discourse, inspiring future generations of sociologists and researchers.

Dr. Stacy Gillis

Newcastle University
United Kingdom

Title: “Breaking Boundaries and Blurring Genres: Unveiling the Gendered Dimensions of Popular Culture in the Transformation of Women’s World”

Prof. Stacey is an accomplished academic and educator, currently serving as the Director of Education for SELLL (School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics) since 2021. In this capacity, she holds strategic oversight of the School’s pedagogy and curriculum, and she is a valued member of the School Executive Board. Prof. Stacey’s commitment to enhancing the learning experience extends beyond administrative roles, as she actively engages with students through various initiatives.
Prof. Stacey’s research interests revolve around the intersection of gender and genre, particularly in popular culture, exploring aspects such as narrative, gender, narratology, emotion, affect, and audience during the long twentieth century. Prof. Stacey actively participates in various leadership and advocacy positions. She served as the Chair of NU Women, the network for women staff and PGRs (Postgraduate Researchers) at Newcastle University from 2019 to 2023. Additionally, she has been involved in the Steering Committee of the Gender Research Group since its inception in 2009. Her commitment to the university’s governance is evident through her past positions on the Newcastle University Senate (elected member 2017-2020) and Council (elected member 2018-2021). Currently, she sits on the Court from 2021 to 2024.
As a dedicated mentor and educator, Prof. Stacey actively supervises Ph.D. students in various fields, including British crime and detective fiction, sexuality, desire, embodiment, C20 women’s writing, feminist history and theory, long C20 British popular culture, cyberpunk studies, and First World War studies.

Call for Speakers: Future of Women Conference 2024

We are thrilled to announce the “Call for Speakers” for the Future of Women 2024, centered around the theme “Transforming Women’s World: Practices and Possibilities.” We invite passionate and knowledgeable individuals from diverse backgrounds to share their expertise, insights, and experiences at this groundbreaking event.

Speaker Categories

Keynote Speakers (Only 2 slots available)

Influential individuals and academics with titles that resonate with the conference theme, “Transforming Women’s World: Practices and Possibilities” are invited to deliver captivating keynote speeches at the Future of Women 2024. To be considered as a keynote speaker for the Future of Women 2024 Conference, we are looking for individuals who possess outstanding qualifications on the below:

  • Expertise and Knowledge in the field
  • Impactful Achievements
  • Dynamic Speaking Skills
  • Inspirational Leadership

Plenary Speakers

As a plenary speaker, you will have the opportunity to address a diverse audience of passionate attendees and share your expertise, insights, and experiences. We are specifically looking for speakers who can inspire and provide actionable strategies for transforming the women’s world.


  • Women and health, Maternity and Paternity leave, Constraints for single mothers
  • Diversity in political representation, Women in power, politics, and decision-making
  • Under-representation/misrepresentation of women in the media, movies, and literature
  • Child Marriage and the Discrimination of the girl child
  • Women and workplace, Gender Pay Gap, Glass ceiling and sticky floors
  • Gender-based Violence, Women in armed conflict and Crisis
  • Gender-based Cyber-Violence, and Misogynistic Online-Movements
  • Human rights of women, Gender Equality and empowerment
  • Masculinities, Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality
  • Institutional mechanism for the advancement of women, Education and training of women. Closing the Technology Gender Gap
  • Sustainable development, natural resource management and the conservation of the environment
  • Combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI)

Apply Now

We are currently accepting submissions. Be a part of this and contribute to shaping the future of women.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2023. All submissions will undergo a review process by the conference board, and selected speakers will be notified within 7 days

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a catalyst for change and inspire women worldwide. Together, let’s create a future where women thrive and their potential knows no bounds.

Registration Fee Table - Speakers & Storytellers
Fee (Physical)
Fee (Virtual)
Time Slots
Keynote Speakers
USD 550
USD 300
40 minutes
Plenary Speakers
USD 520
USD 270
30 Minutes
USD 500
USD 250
20 Minutes


Conference Secretariat:
Mr. Keerthi Sri Chandana
Address: #531/18, Kotte road, Pitakotte, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 11 799 2022
Hotline: +94 76 573 3737


Contact Person:
Ms. Maheesha Dilshani
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Contact Person:
Ms. Thisuri Jayalath
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