Cambridge Symposium on Gender Equality and Human Rights: Education

Main picture Seated: Bianca Griffani, Heidi Mogstad, Sigrid Lupieri, Emily Echessa. Standing: Miriam Lynn, Pauline Rose, Jane Mann, Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Garrett Rubin, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Megha Harish, Jennie Ekedahl, Manali Desai, Kata Fulop, Baroness Mary Goudie.

Symposium Overview & Programme

The international Cambridge Symposium on Gender Equality and Human Rights series was launched by Clare Hall on 10 February 2017 with a special event organised in partnership with the Faculty of Education and the International Strategy Office, University of Cambridge. The inaugural symposium focused on the theme of education, gender equality and peacemaking in conflict zones and was chaired by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Director of the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security, and the 2017 Tanner Lecturer on Human Values at the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the inaugural symposium was to discuss evidence on implementing the right to education in conflict and post-conflict settings. The plenary discussion considered three main areas of research and policy making in relation to ongoing educational programmes and strategies:

  • New geopolitical landscapes and human rights strategic aims
  • Women’s peace-building roles in transitional/post-conflict context
  • Gender-inclusive educational programmes in underprivileged communities


Symposium Agenda

Welcome speech: Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Symposium convenor

Opening Addresses: 

Presentations - Research:

Presentations - Policy and Strategic Aims:

Non-presenting participants:

  • Jane Mann, Director of Education Reform, International Education, Cambridge University Press
  • Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Affiliated Lecturer, Division of Social Anthropology, Cambridge
  • Jennie Ekedahl, DFID (education in emergencies and conflict zones)
  • Dr Kata Fulop, International Officer (North America and Europe), Cambridge
  • Dr Nitya Khemka, Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Development Studies, Cambridge
  • Bianca Griffani, MPhil, Division of Social Anthropology, Cambridge

Symposium proceeding will be published in Cambridge Symposium on Gender Equality and Human Rights volume 1, 2017.  

The second edition of the Cambridge Symposium on Gender Equality and Human Rights will take place in Lent term 2018 and will be addressing the theme of Immigration

For further details please contact the symposium convenor, Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes at amm230[at]