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14th Annual Local to Global Forum

January 28, 2023

You're invited to attend WomenNC's Local to Global Forum as WomenNC student scholars #EmbraceEquity through their research to improve the lives of North Carolina’s women and girls. Join WomenNC as our scholars present their research for the first time!

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Scholar Research:

Informed Consent and Free Speech: How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Undermine Bodily Autonomy in Women and Erode Trust in Licensed Medical Providers

How Can Restorative Justice Principles and Practices Improve Upon Existing Punitive School Discipline Processes in North Carolina Public Middle and High Schools?

The Need of Public Health Support Structures for Rural College-Educated Women in North Carolina to Decrease Brain-Drain

How Can Services for South Asian Women in Wake County Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Be Improved?

The Lack of Black and Brown Women in Leadership Roles in Healthcare and Why This is a Public Health Issue

The Impact of Household Food Insecurity for African American Women in the Eastern North Carolina Region

What Strategies Can Triangle-Area Community Colleges Implement to Increase the Graduation Rates of Students Who Are Single Mothers?

How Can We Improve the Reproductive and Sexual Health Literacy of Latina Immigrants in Durham?

Examining The Influence of the Strong Black Women Schema & Imposter Syndrome in Collegiate Black Women Academic Success

How Can Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Practices in North Carolina Improve Working Conditions of Migrant Women?


International Women's Day 2023 campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Collective activism is what drives change. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity. And to truly embrace equity, means to deeply believe, value, and seek out difference as a necessary and positive element of life. To embrace equity means to understand the journey required to achieve women's equality.

Over an 11-month period, scholars engage in research about the status of women in specific North Carolina communities. They are mentored by social scientific researchers from RTI’s Global Gender Center. Under the direction of Dr. Wendee Wechsberg, her affiliates were paired with student scholars who shared their research interests in order to produce the work that will is showcased in myriad venues, including the NGO Forum at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Local to Global Forum, and the Gender and Equity Research Symposium at North Carolina State University.  Working individually with “advocacy partners,” direct service and policy professionals, scholars advocate to improve the lives of women and girls in front of local bodies of policy power and authority like county commissions, city councils, and school boards, using their research and subject matter expertise to end gender discrimination.

From the local to the global, WomenNC scholars participate in the engaged research and public policy advocacy that has been a hallmark of the organization since its inception. WomenNC’s Scholars Program has come full circle: North Carolina scholars work on issues of particular concern to citizens of the state and its communities, they then bring their voices, research, and policy initiatives to an international audience at the United Nations, and finally, with new knowledge gained from interaction with their global peers, they then return to the state ready to advocate for change to improve the lives of women and girls back home.

Event Details


February 22, 2023
7:00 pm


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