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Event: The F Word

Event: The F Word

Western’s Women in Leadership presents our first event, ‘The F Word’. We are honoured to host Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues Associate Professor and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Professor here at Western, as she dives into the controversial term feminism, and what it means to be a feminist today.

Bipasha Baruah: Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues
Professor, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research


Women make up half of the world’s population, perform two-thirds of the world’s working hours, receive one-tenth of the world’s income and own only one-hundredth of the world’s property. Yet much of the research on gender and development has focused on inequalities between men and women with respect to wages, educational opportunities, schooling outcomes, mortality and morbidity, and more recently, political participation and representation. My research identifies the social, economic, legal, cultural, political and institutional factors that influence women’s ability to own property; and develops theories, methodologies and analytical frameworks for conducting interdisciplinary research on gender and property ownership.

I also conduct research on women’s participation in the green economy. I explore the opportunities and constraints that low-income women face in securing equitable, healthy and decent jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in low-carbon economies focused on renewable energy and resource efficiency in different world regional contexts. Findings from my research enable governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to formulate appropriate policy responses to women’s needs for land, housing and sustainable livelihoods.

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