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Profiles of Speakers on August 31st 2003
Profiles of Speakers on August 30th 2003

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Saskia E. Wieringa

Saskia E. Wieringa, PhD, joined the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague in 1981, to run the first MA of the Women and Development Programme. Besides lecturing, she coordinated the research programme on Women's Movements and Organisations in five countries and one region (the Caribbean). She has been involved in setting up Women's Studies in various countries, for example, in the Caribbean, Sudan, Yemen, Namibia and Bangladesh. She is at present General Coordinator of the Gender and Women's Studies Institutes Network in Asia (GWINA), co-coordinator of Kartini, Asia-European Network of Women's Studies, and the President of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS). Her present research focuses on women's empowerment in the face of HIV/AIDS in Indonesia. She has recently designed the African Gender and Development Index, for the Economic Commission for Africa. She has published widely, on gender policy, women's movements and sexuality. Her latest books are (with Evelyn Blackwood), Female Desires; Women's Same Sex Practices Cross-culturally (1999), which received the Ruth Benedict Award, and Sexual Politics in Indonesia (2001).

Abstract: Women and Development studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

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