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Ms. Madu Dissanayake

[ Keynote Speaker ]

Assistant Representative UNFPA
Sri Lanka
Speech Titles : “In the 21st century what should be the social expectation of men & women, where do we draw the line or should we draw a line at all?, Special focus to Sexuality and Gender across the life cycle”

Madu is a Social Anthropologist with more than eighteen years of post-qualifying experience & expertise in the areas of International Relations, public policy, social and behaviour change communication, public health, gender & human rights. She has worked in the state & Non-state sectors in the UK and Sri Lanka. She is currently the Assistant Representative of United Nations Population Fund. Before joining UN, She worked as Director for Public Affairs, Policy and Advocacy at the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka. She also worked with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Westminster City Council in United Kingdom to name a few in her 25-year career; which began as a health science teacher at Ladies College, Colombo in 1995. Madu was also a visiting lecturer at the Colombo University in the Centre for Studies in Human Rights with in Faculty of Law, until she assumed duties with UN.

Her work directly targeted at identifying and addressing policy, systemic and service gaps nationally, regionally and locally. She has developed innovative programmes, established community based networks and developed capacities of organizations, communities and individual women, youth and marginalized communities in several countries. Her work around developing Advocacy plans had helped many programmes & projects to achieve better results.

Madu has held several honorary positions in Civil Society Organisations in UK & Sri Lanka since 2000 and is a strong believer of volunteerism at all levels to address issues around Social exclusion and inequities, building peace, human rights & communal harmony & regeneration.

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Dr. Pauline E. Bullen

[ Keynote Speaker ]

Director Institute Gender Studies,
University of Guyana,
Speech Titles : “The way forward: Transformative Feminisms and Human Rights.”

Dr. Pauline E. Bullen, is an Interdisciplinary, International, Feminist scholar and “Educulturalist” with a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the University of Toronto. Committed to teaching critically and to nurturing future scholars in a manner committed to feminist practice and advanced education models, her work advocates a pedagogical culture of questioning about the effects of power and privilege and the mechanisms through which they may constrain, deny or exclude particular forms of agency. Her work is also informed by her lived experiences in Guyana, Canada, Nigeria, USA and Zimbabwe and by her belief that, in order to become productive citizens, all individuals should have opportunities to expand their worldviews by looking not only inward, but also outward to the culture(s) around them. Her work Experience: Equity/Human Rights/Social Justice, Education; Women & Gender and Development Studies; Secondary Education, Educational Leadership and Management, Leadership Training, Teaching, Lecturing, Educational Consultant; Gender Mainstreaming/Integration Trainer, Program Development Specialist, Project and Program Administration, Researcher, Writer.


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Eman Borg

[ Plenary Speaker ]

President – LGBTI+ Gozo
Speech Titles : “Activism and the role that activism plays to translate laws into grassroots actions”

Eman is a human rights advocate. Currently reading an undergrad in Social policy at the University of Malta, he founded the first LGBTI+ organisation on the island of Gozo. Under his leadership, LGBTI+ Gozo holds educational sessions, social events and works to create and foster a diverse community.  Eman served as an executive member of the National Youth Council of Malta between 2016-2020, within his role as Secretary-General and under his guidance organized the first Sustainable Development Goals Youth Conferences and SDG Youth Champions.

In 2017, Eman was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders award, undertaking a leadership course from the University of Cambridge as part of the Leading Change programme. He is currently serving as the first Maltese Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.