“Women, Conflict, & Inequality in the World” Distinguished Faculty Lecture Panel at FAU

On Monday, February 25, Dr. Shannon sat on a panel with Dr. Angela Nichols and Dr. Annette LaRocco, both of the Florida Atlantic University Department of Political Science, to highlight the intersection of gender inequality and women’s rights concerns with other global issues. The panel was part of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. Dr. Shannon explored the history of U.S. foreign policies that have aimed to foster gender equality worldwide. She compared the current administration’s recently-announced Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative with historical efforts to promote women’s human rights abroad by the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations. Dr. Nichols discussed the factors that attract women to become involved in armed conflict, and she highlighted women’s participation in the Farc rebel movement in Colombia. Dr. LaRocco rounded out the panel by discussing the unequal impact of climate change on the Global North vs. the Global South, particularly Africa, and she explained the factors in sub-Saharan Africa that have caused women there to bear the brunt of the costs of climate change in the region. The panel was lively and ended with a lively Q&A with the audience, which was made up of FAU students, faculty members, and interested members of the broader Boca Raton community.

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