Johns Hopkins SAIS to host conference, “The Political Economy of Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Africa,” featuring novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Friday, April 14, 2017

“The Political Economy of Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Africa,” will be hosted by the African Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Friday, April 14, 2017.
This year’s annual conference will explore the power of gender in shaping resource allocation and redistributive priorities within Africa. The agenda examines opportunities and challenges for women’s access to power and resources, women’s empowerment in civil society, and women’s political participation to influence public policies.
The event will feature a keynote address from Professor Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S., as well as a conversation with award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and remarks from Dr. Inyang Ebong-Harstrup, Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.
The conference will also include three panels with scholars and experts from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Princeton University, University of California- Berkeley, Howard University, Rutgers University, University of Delaware, and more.
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Welcome Remarks
Peter Lewis
Vice Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, Johns Hopkins SAIS

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
Keynote Address
Ambassador Hassana Alidou
Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to the U.S.
10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Panel 1: “Civil Society and Social Entrepreneurship”
11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Panel 2: “Women’s Political Participation and Policy Making?”
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
2:20 – 3:00 p.m.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Author and Johns Hopkins University Alumna
3:00 – 3:10 p.m.
3:10 – 4:30 p.m.
Panel 3: “Political Alliances, Governing Coalitions, and Women's Access to Power”
4:35 – 4:55 p.m.
Dr. Inyang Ebong-Harstrup
Deputy Director of the UN Office for South South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Paul Lubeck
Director, African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can send RSVPs and requests to film to Only pre-authorized camera setup will be permitted to cover the conference. (Camera setup for A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be from 1:30-2:15 p.m.)
Media Contacts
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager (for logistic inquiries)
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
Dr. Chiedo Nwankwor (for agenda inquiries)
Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer
African Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5676 office
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017