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HerDU Conference: March 7th - 8th, 2023
Justice, Action, and the Future of Gender Equity
If asked, how might you describe your last year when thinking about gender rights and equity? What first comes to mind? What images, what feelings, what experiences rise up in your reflections? At what moments did you experience hope or hurt? Did you experience despair or grief; elation or pride? Was there time for laughter and celebration, while holding in tension the long journey ahead? The UN Foundation Strategy team for Women and Girls, summed up their reflections on the year by categorizing the worst, the best, the most surprising, and the most ridiculous happenings. How might you do the same?
“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
— Lilla Watson
This year at HerDU we will traverse the landscape of some of the most pressing areas of our time with the goal of grounding is in context and contemporary; equipping us for shared liberation. The many of things we have experienced as individuals, as well as the collective systemic and cultural shifts may provide us all a location for action, for (re)imagining and creating a future of inclusion and justice. The question is, have we paused to listen to each other; to hold in tension and in connection our own narratives with those beyond our own experiences? Join us this March in our collective learning, that we may together create our future toward gender equity.
Hosted by the DU Women's Coalition, HerDU is the University's primary conference and event centered around women's issues. Featuring acclaimed guest speakers from the worlds of academia, entrepreneurship, wellness, art, and beyond, HerDU strives to bridge the gaps between women across fields and industries while fostering a collaborative atmosphere for the sharing of ideas, resources, and support. Workshops and panel discussions facilitate meaningful conversation between groups and perspectives, providing opportunities for networking and coalition-building among women and their organizations. It's also an opportunity to recognize women for their accomplishments in the DU community and beyond.