Institute for Women and Girls

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The Fordham Institute for Women and Girls, established in 2001, works to promote gender equality by addressing all forms of discrimination against women and girls locally and globally.

Institute members engage in interdisciplinary education, research and practice activities that work to foster gender equality and:

  • Expand our understanding of the problems facing girls and women, such as poverty, ageism, sexism and racism.
  • Contribute to critical analyses of the position of girls and women worldwide.
  • Improve programs and the delivery of services for girls, women and their children.
  • Help prevent inequity and injustice towards women and girls by influencing public and university policy.
  • Promote the integration of content on women and girls into social work curricula.

The Mentoring Latinas program which provided mentoring for middle-school and high school Latinas has ended.  Learn more about the history of the project here


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March 2024 

March 2023

Previous Conference Information and Recordings

Small Actions, Huge Solutions: Reducing Poverty for Women and Girls

This year's Fordham University conference will be held virtually on Friday, March 15, from 4-6 PM Eastern Time.

This event will focus on the intricate relationship between promoting gender equality, empowering women and girls, and the reduction of poverty around the world in the areas of Education, Health, Food Insecurity, and Climate Justice. Speakers will articulate insightful strategies employed in the eradication of poverty within their communities.

Annual Spring Conference 2024 was held Friday, 3/15/24 via Zoom

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Closing the Digital Divide

When was the last time you left home without your phone? In our world access to digital technology is critical to everyday activities like work, school, health care, and socializing. However, despite the importance of technology many across the globe have little or no access creating a digital divide. Today Closing the Digital Divide is of increasing importance especially for those of us in the social work and health professions. For this conference the Fordham Institute of Women and Girls (FIWG) and the International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) selected global speakers from business, health, schools, libraries, IT, and social work to address this issue and offer some solutions.

Annual Fall Conference 2023 was held Friday, 11/17/23 via Zoom
Conference Program with Speaker list and Bios
Conference Recording


Advocating for the Rights of All Women:  The Power of Technology and Art
The equality, safety, and well-being of all women around the world has been found under siege.  Our Annual Spring 2023 conference explored how technology and art have been and are being used to address some of these threats.

Annual Spring Conference 2023 was held Friday, 3/10/23 via Zoom
Conference Program with Speaker list and Bios
Conference Recording