The 7th International Conference on Future of Women 2024

Special Features

"The Elephant in the Room” Special Session

Welcome to the highly anticipated “Elephant in the Room” session at the Future of Women 2024. In this dynamic and thought-provoking session, we confront the critical issues that often go unaddressed. Our esteemed panel of experts will fearlessly explore the pressing matters that demand attention and offer fresh perspectives.

Free Entry for the Conference Participants!

This session welcomes non-conference participants to join. Register only for this Session!

Join in-person

80 USD

Join Virtually

30 USD

What is Elephant in the Room?
Avoiding the “elephant in the room” is a common tendency because discussing it can be uncomfortable. However, acknowledging it directly, even if initially awkward, brings a sense of truth, liberation, and authenticity. From childhood, we’ve been intrigued by unspoken or taboo topics, yet we often struggle to openly address them. Fear, primarily, prevents us from talking about such matters. We worry about offending others, creating conflicts, damaging our image, or facing consequences. Fear stems from concerns about angering people, discomfort, making things worse, or being disliked. However, true freedom and authenticity require us to face uncomfortable conversations, including addressing the elephant in the room. Authenticity is essential for leadership, trust-building, and fostering strong teams. Embracing uncomfortable discussions becomes a pathway to genuine connection and growth. From controversial trends to societal challenges, we dive deep into the heart of the matter, fostering a space for meaningful discussions and new insights.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to face the elephants in the room head-on, igniting conversations that can inspire positive change. Prepare to be engaged, enlightened, and empowered by this candid and impactful session. Be a part of the conversation that will shape the future. Register now and seize the chance to make a difference!

Workshop on Scholarly Publications


Dr. Stacy Gillis

Newcastle University
United Kingdom

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.

Networking Dinner

Join us for an enchanting Networking Dinner at the Future of Women 2024. This exclusive event offers a unique opportunity to connect, engage, and build meaningful relationships with influential leaders, academics, activists, practitioners, industry experts, and passionate individuals in the field of Women’s Studies. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of camaraderie, where like-minded individuals gather to celebrate women’s achievements and discuss the path to a more inclusive future.
Indulge in a delectable culinary experience while engaging in thought-provoking conversations with fellow attendees. Share insights, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations that will shape the future of women’s empowerment. Whether you are an academic, scholar, activist, practitioner, entrepreneur, a professional, an advocate, or a student, this networking dinner is the perfect platform to expand your network and create lasting connections.
Experience an evening filled with inspiration, support, and empowerment as we celebrate the achievements of women and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. Don’t miss this extraordinary networking opportunity. Secure your spot today and be a part of the Future of Women movement.

Special Rate for the Conference Participants: 35 USD

(This is optional for the conference participants. If you would like to join the networking dinner, please contact the conference secretary, via

Special Networking Session

Date: 22nd February 2024 | Time: 3.30 – 4.30 PM IST

Are you ready to expand your professional network, forge valuable connections, and engage with like-minded individuals in your field? Then join our exclusive Networking Session during the conference!
This highly anticipated event is designed to create a dynamic platform for attendees to interact, exchange ideas, and foster meaningful relationships. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your journey, this session offers a unique opportunity to connect with the peers who share your passion and aspirations.

What will you gain from attending?

Both in-person and virtual participants can make the most out of this Networking Session by bringing business cards, and being open to new opportunities while speaking out yourself, networking virtually. Whether you’re looking for potential opportunities, or simply seeking to expand your knowledge and network, this session is tailor-made for you.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional chance to connect with the peers, share ideas, and explore collaborative possibilities. Be sure to join us for our Special Networking Session and make valuable connections that can shape your future success.

Free for all the Conference Participants!

We look forward to seeing you there and witnessing the power of networking in action!

(Note: The details provided above are subject to change. Please refer to the final conference program or official communication for the final updates on the Networking Session.)

Call for Storytellers: Future of Women Conference 2024

The Future of Women 2024 is dedicated to exploring the challenges, triumphs, and aspirations of women across the globe. Through the art of storytelling, we aim to create a platform where diverse voices can be heard, and personal stories can ignite change. We believe in the power of storytelling to inspire, connect, and empower. We invite passionate storytellers from all walks of life to share their unique narratives and experiences at this transformative event. Whether you have a compelling personal journey, an inspiring tale of resilience, or a story that challenges societal norms, we want to hear from you. We welcome stories that highlight the power of women, address important issues, and offer insights into practices and possibilities for a better future.

Apply Now

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

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2023. All submissions will undergo a review process by the conference board, and selected storytellers 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
Hotline: +94 78 3 979 446


Contact Person:
Ms. Thisuri Jayalath
Hotline: +94 71 704 8406


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