Join us for this two day interactive conference exploring women and gender in international development

The Women and Gender in International Development Program at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development of Virginia Tech invites students, faculty, practitioners, and interested individuals to an intensive learning and networking opportunity engaging renowned experts in international development, with particular emphasis on gender.


call for posters: Deadline extended

We will be accepting abstract submissions for the poster session from now until February 1, 2019. Please note, that in order to be considered for the poster competition or for travel awards, poster submission and registration must be completed by January 21, 2019. Please note, spaces are limited and acceptance of poster abstract does not guarantee registration.


In some cultures it is taboo for women to sow seeds. Gender roles affect how people behave, what they’re allowed to do, how they’re perceived. Even though globally women undertake the vast majority of the world’s work, often uncredited, it takes time for societies to accept women in new roles. That’s why this meeting – the Women and Gender in Development Conference – is vital. Every step forward in improving the economic status of women results in enriched family interactions, higher incomes, and transformed communities. The import of this work does no less than elevate the status of women and ensure that women are acknowledged and valued.
— Dr. Guru Ghosh, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Tech

A word from Maria Elisa Christie, Conference Coordinator

Director, Women and Gender in International Development, CIRED, Virginia Tech