Women and Gender Conference 2021

FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2021

We will again welcome researchers, practitioners, and students to Blacksburg, Virginia for two days of learning and networking. WGD Conf 2021 will include more opportunities for students to present their work outside the poster session, so stay tuned for details! Check back on the website or on Twitter (@wgdconf) as the date gets closer for more information.


Women and Gender Conference 2019

FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1, 2019

In the early spring of 2019, the Women and Gender in International Development Program at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development of Virginia Tech hosted students, faculty, practitioners, and interested individuals at an intensive learning and networking opportunity engaging renowned experts in international development, with particular emphasis on gender.


Full conference program

For those interested in the abstracts of the speakers and poster presenters of WGD Conf 2019 please download the full program below.


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

the highlights from wgd conf 2019