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Call for Applicants( EGEP_2011Winter )

Ewha Global Empowerment Program (2011 Winter)
“Asian Feminisms and Transnational Activism ”
January 5 – 18, 2012
Asian Center for Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea
The Asian Center for Women’s Studies at Ewha Womans University is launching the Ewha Global Empowerment Program (EGEP). The goal of our educational program is to empower women working in non-governmental public sectors and to nourish the next generation of women leaders in Asia and Africa. Fulfilling Ewha's education spirit, we hope to participate in the global effort to advance women’s rights and gender equality and contribute to the enlargement of opportunities for women's education and networks in Asia and Africa. EGEP is a two-week residential program that will take place twice a year (January and July) run by Ewha Womans University faculty and international experts and scholars.
Program Goals
On completing this program, participants of this program will have:
  • improved their theoretical knowledge and practical capacities from a gender perspective;
  • broadened their understanding of women’s lives, women’s issues, and women’s rights in Asian context; and
  • strengthened their leadership capacities to build women’s solidarity and cooperation in local, national, and transnational contexts.
With minimum three years of experience, women activists working in international and national non-governmental public sectors in Asia, such as NGOs, NPOs, civil society organizations, as well as individuals working independently are encouraged to apply for this program.
Number of Participants : 22
Program Contents
The following are the major activities that participants may expect from the program:
  • Two-day EGEP inaugural international symposium and workshop
  • Up to ten lectures on "Asian Feminisms and Transnational Activism"
  • Meeting and networking with women policy makers and scholars in Korea
  • Study tours to Korean NGOs
  • Cultural and social events
Language : English is the official language of the EGEP.
The program is funded by Ewha Womans University. The University covers the tuition for all the participants. Participants from ODA beneficiary countries will be awarded airfare, university dormitory accommodation and two-week allowance.
Application requirements should submitted via e-mail (
The deadline for application is October 23, 2011 (Korean local time). Late applications will not be considered.
Feminism and 'I'
To reflect on my life and activities from a gender perspective as an Asian woman activist and to share my vision as a feminist leader
- A Feminist Journey in New Waves
- Women, Empowerment, and Leadership
Asian Women's Lives in the Era of Glocalization
To empirically grasp a structural understanding of Asian women's lives and core issues in view of 'Asian Feminism'
- Women's Movements from the Asian Perspective
- Gender, Environment, and Development
- The History of Sexuality Studies in Asia
- Women's Reproductive Bodies, Health and Rights
- Branded but Not Differentiated: South Korea Goes Global with "Multiculturalism"
Asian Women's Solidarity and Alternatives
To understand and embrace Asian women's solidarity and seek alternatives for women's issues in the context of 'Transnational Activism'
- Reflections on the Development of Women's Policy: lessons from Australia and South Korea
- Transnational Activism and Solidarity
- Gender Politics Across Borders
Faculty Member
- AHN Yonson (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
- CHANG Pilwha (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
- DU Fangqin (Tianjin Normal University, China)
- HARA Hiroko (Josai International University, Japan)
- Jyotsna GUPTA (University for Humanistics, Netherland)
- JUNG Kyungja (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
- KIM Eun-Shil (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
- Mala KHULAAR (Asian Center for Women's Studies, Korea)
- LEE Myoung Sun (Ewha Womans University, Korea)
- Mina ROCES (University of New South Wales, Australia)
- Rashidah SHUIB (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
- Saskia WIERINGA (University of Amsterdam, Netherland)
- KIM Hyun Mee (Yonsei University, Korea)
EGEP 2011 Winter Program Schedule
Loh Yin San
EGEP program provided one of the most fruitful and rewarding experience I have had in my life, both intellectually and spiritually. To me, EGEP was utopia, providing a rare experience to be immersing in an ideal world where feminist values and issues were put in practice. People were treated equally with respect, opinions were value and diversities were appreciated. -Loh Yin San
Sunita Basnet
A very comprehensive and well-structured program with a very good combination of good morning program, lectures, field visits, social hours, group discussions and networking. EGEP offered an enabling environment to exchange the information. This program has been two ways of sharing information. In one way you give something to participants and in other way you receive something from participants especially the issues of grassroots movement and challenges. -Sunita Basnet
Chusana Han
A significant success I found from my own feeling and the discussion among our group is EGEP has built a collective mentality for all participants in being a strong network of Asian feminists. We now have a small community through the yahoo group and I believe the next EGEP will link with us as well in expanding our group. This has made the theoretical knowledge around Asian feminism become dynamic when all of us started sharing and thinking. Though my field study is gender development, I feel understanding the knowledge how women are subordinated and how inequality existed would be very static if without exposing ourselves to the communities and listening all women working. - Chusana Han
Pankaja Sethi
The Ewha Global Empowerment Programme (EGEP) is an essential and informative program for the next generation women leaders. As a woman I was seeing these sensitive areas very closely for the first time and I could see myself as part of these entangled social structures where women have been trying to raise their voice in some way or the other. It was a wonderful experience for me to be part of empowerment program which made me proud of being a woman. After EGEP, I see a huge responsibility for the near future to create women leaders and to participate actively with women for holistic cause. To be part of first EGEP program created immense potential and responsibilities to take a stand for the welfare of the women. Now I know I am a feminist and an activist. - Pankaja Sethi