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April 19 , 2013. Alexandra Hrycak, “Gender Violence Prevention Campaigns and Feminist Protest Groups in

April 19, 2013.

Alexandra Hrycak, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute,   Harvard University; Professor of Sociology, Reed College                                          

“Gender Violence Prevention Campaigns and Feminist Protest Groups in  Contemporary Ukraine”        photo             

Alexandra Hrycak is Professor of Sociology at Reed College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  She is a 2012-2013 Shklar Fellow at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. She has also been at the Wilson Center and held a Kennan grant. She has written over a dozen articles on gender in the former Soviet Union, specializing in gender and postcommunism, gender and democratization and women’s activism in Ukraine. She has written on women’s role in the 2004 elections and the Orange Revolution, the importance of “micropublics” for civic engagement and on “hybrid feminism”. Her publications have appeared in leading journals in the field including in East European Politics and Societies (EEPS) and the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. Her most recent publications include “Global Campaigns to Combat Violence against Women: Their Impact in Postcommunist Ukraine,” in Gender, State and Politics in Ukraine, (eds.) O. Hankivsky and A. Salnykova. (2012) and “The ‘Orange Princess’ Runs for President: Gender and the Outcomes of the 2010 Presidential Election in Ukraine,” East European Politics and Societies. Vol. 25, No. 1 (2011): 68-86.

Her current research deals with women’s activism on violence against women and orphanages in Ukraine. She analyzes factors that help establish and sustain women’s groups, gender studies centers, and various women’s activities in churches, right-leaning political parties, and other gender integrated institutions.


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March 8, 2013. “Women in Democratization and Decision-Making in Macedonia”

 March 8, 2013.

                        New York University

  Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop

penelopa Gjurchilova                                        

Penelopa Gjurchilova, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University; Co-founder, Macedonian Women’s Lobby; Member, National Council of Women in                      Macedonia.

          “The Role of Women in Democratization and Decision-Making in Macedonia:  A decade and more since the Ohrid Framework Agreement.”

Penelopa Gjurchilova holds a Ph.D. in EU Law (European University Institute, Florence, 2004), a Master in Public Administration  (Harvard  School of Government , 2007), a LL.M. (, University of Connecticut Law School,1995) and Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, Macedonia, 1993). She is presently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

She has written extensively on Macedonia, the SEE Region and more widely on international relations, international and EU law, human rights including gender, diplomacy, law-making, rule of law and institutional development.  She has been active on projects on regional cooperation in South Eastern Europe, democratization, non-proliferation, institution building, NGOs and is  a UN expert on the Security Council, Second, Fourth and Fifth Committees.

She is a co-founder and member of the Executive Board of the Macedonian Women’s Lobby since 2000, in the European Women’s Lobby and the National Council of Women in Macedonia.

She has worked as a lawyer in New York and Macedonia, as a diplomat in the Macedonian Foreign Service, including as counselor to the Permanent Mission of Macedonia to the UN in New York, as consultant for UNIFEM, WYG International, EuroFund, European Commission, OSCE and ODIHR.

      Friday 4:30-6:00 p.m.

at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th floor
(between Waverly and Washington Place)

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Call for Papers to CSW 2013 Participants




            PANEL March  8 or 15, 2013

Priority date for submission of Proposals: January 15, 2013.

The GENDER and TRANSFORMATION in EUROPE Workshop at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University invites those from the region of  east, south and central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the Baltic countries and Central Asia, who will be in New York attending the CSW meetings March 4 – 15,2013 to submit a proposal to speak on  a panel that will be held on either Friday, March 8 or 15, 2013 at 4:30-6:30 PM. We will have three or four speakers. The topic can be on either 1- your assessment of what is and is not useful in the UN or EU programs, practices and/or structures for gender and women’s issues in your country and what changes you would propose or 2- any issue on gender in relation to your country but should not be on a general topic.

The workshop is a small, informal, and friendly group of about 20 feminist scholars, activists, and journalists that has been meeting for more than 15 years. We have a feminist approach and have been closely affiliated with the Network of East/West Women. We have general background information, so general talks are not relevant for this group.

Your proposal should cover some specific area of empirical or theoretical gender research, activism, or expertise, for example :  women,  gender and women’s rights and the UN or EU in relation to your country;  your country’s relation to the European Women’s Lobby and problems or benefits from it; women’s activism in your country; gender and NGOs and/or transnational alliances in relation to your country; gender policy; gender in relation to current political and economic developments and crises in your country; feminist political theory or historical debates in your country in relation to gender; questions of gender and justice, legitimacy and/or democratization; gender and immigration in relation to your country; gender and right wing developments in your country; gender in relation to some other current issue in your country.

You should be prepared to speak for about 15 minutes. The meeting will take place at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.

We offer a small honorarium; however, we regret that we cannot cover transportation expenses to New York City.

Please include the following in your proposal:

  • a title for your talk
  • an abstract of less than 200 words describing your proposed talk, explaining how your talk relates to gender, women’s activism, gender policy, or feminist political theory, and discussing your expertise as a scholar or activist
  • a  one-page curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Which dates you are available- March 8 or 15 or either.

Nanette Funk, Professor Emerita, Department of Philosophy, City University of New York

Co-Coordinator Workshop on Gender and Transformation in Europe

Please e-mail

For more information about the Workshop see 


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  • APRIL 5, 2012

NOTE  DATE CHANGE: This will be on  THURSDAY not  FRIDAY!!!!!


ANDREA KRISZAN, Research Fellow, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University

            “Institutionalizing Intersectionality? Changing European Equality Policies:

           Comparison of Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia.”

THURSDAY 4:30-6:00 p.m.

 Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

New York University
285 Mercer Street, 7th floor
(between Waverly and Washington Place)

Andrea Krizsan combines academic research, policy advice to government agencies on equality policy and teaching. She is Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies of the CEU since 2001 and teaches at the Department for Public Policy.   In the last years she has worked as consultant in several equality policy related projects with the EU and other international organizations, think tanks and Hungarian government institutions. She is on the Hungarian Senate Committee on Equal Opportunities, a consultant on equality policy related projects for the Hungarian government and the EU, including the EU Parliament FEMM Committee, coordinated by Sylvia Walby. She is lead researcher in the European Commission comparative project on Gender + Equality Policies in Europe (QUING). She has worked on the role of feminist NGOs and transnational advocacy networks in bringing about policy change in post-communist Europe. She was the host and organizer of 2nd European Conference on Politics and Gender of the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and Gender, Budapest, in January 2011.

She has published very widely on comparative research in equality policy covering gender, ethnicity, disability and intersectional inequalities.  In 2011 alone she mentored a project at Tbilisi University in Georgia for the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net to combat domestic violence in Georgia, worked for the European Institute for Gender Equality in Stockholm, and for the EU Commission on the role of men in gender equality. She has worked on gender mainstreaming and was a member of the Gender Mainstreaming Expert Group of the European Institute for Gender Equality in 2010.

She is coeditor of Institutionalizing Intersectionality for Palgrave MacMillan, coming out this year. Recent publication include Traveling Notions of Gender Equality Institutions. Equality Architecture in Central and Eastern European Countries” for a volume Travelling Gender Studies from the women’s center at Humboldt University, and a paper on domestic violence policies in Central and Eastern Europe.

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