Gender Cafés

Gender Cafés are member-led virtual conversations connecting gender practitioners, academics, and activists. Participants explore and exchange knowledge around pressing issues relating to gender justice and rights. Focusing on non-hierarchical sharing, questioning, and learning, Gender Cafés are designed to spark new ideas, theories, research, advocacy and social change strategies, collaborations, and networks.

Do you have an idea for the next Gender Café?

Proposing a Gender Café in partnership with SGP begins with filling out a brief Gender Café proposal form. If you need some inspiration, reviewing recordings, slideshows and other resources from past Gender Cafés (see below) is a great way to get ideas!

SGP seeks proposals for Gender Cafes with the following goals in mind:

  • To introduce the latest research, emerging theory, and innovative tools and techniques so that we can all “do” better gender work in our professional, academic, and activist lives.
  • To connect SGP members, the places where we work, the communities in which we live, the organizations and networks we bring, and the issues that are important to us.
  • To unite the work of practitioners, academics and activists by bridging disciplinary, geographic, and professional spaces and activities.
  • To spark new ideas, new theories, new research, new advocacy and social change strategies, and new networks.
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Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

Former Co-President

Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.