International Women's Day Panel Discussion

This year's International Women's Day theme is "Each for Equal". Join us for an introspective panel discussion addressing this theme and exploring what we as individuals can do every day to promote gender equality within society. Moderated by WVPU's own Media Communications Department Head, Bradley Wiggins, and joined by professionals working on this topic every day, this panel discussion is sure to raise some questions and encourage deep thought about gender equality in the 21st century.

Come for the discussion and stay for a small reception sponsored by the academic departments of Webster Vienna Private University.

Date: March 4, 2020

Time: 18:30 (doors open at 18:00)

Venue: Webster Vienna Private University Atrium

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Panel Moderator: 

Bradley Wiggins - Media Communications Department Head

Bradley E. Wiggins, PhD has been an associate professor and department head of Media Communications at Webster Vienna Private University since July 2015. His investigations of digital culture and discourse involve research on internet memes, social media, and fake news. Additional research includes games and simulation-based learning, intercultural and strategic communication. His scholarship has been published in competitive journals, such as Simulation & Gaming, New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and Internet Pragmatics, and his monograph, The Discursive Power of Memes in Digital Culture: Ideology, Semiotics, and Intertextuality, was recently published by Routledge. 


Jelena Gučanin - Freelance Journalist

Jelena Gučanin lives and works in Vienna, Austria, as a journalist, speaker and author. She was born in 1989 in former Yugoslavia and raised in Austria, where she studied Journalism and Communication Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. In the past she worked for publications such as FORMAT, Standard, Wienerin and was awarded the "Wiener Jungjournalistinnenpreis" for her political writing. Her main focus in writing evolves around feminist and antiracist issues. She has written about numerous topics regarding gender (in)equality, covering the #MeToo movement from the beginning, starting a discussion about violence against women in the delivery room, challenging white feminism in Austria, criticizing victim-blaming, and taking a stand against the pro-life politics of ÖVP and FPÖ.

Martin Dexborg - Advisor on Gender Issues at OSCE

Prior to joining the OSCE Martin worked 15 years for the UN, EU and various security organizations. Martin deployed on his first international monitoring mission in Aceh Province, Indonesia in 2005 where he served as a human rights monitor in a field office. Over time, while working on various peacekeeping/peacebuilding missions, Martin developed his expertise in gender issues as a way of finding methods that improved situational awareness and operational effectiveness of projects and operations. Martin is a Swedish national and holds an MSc in political science from Lund University.

Yvonne Prinzellner - Researcher of Gender & Diversity in New Media

Yvonne Prinzellner is part of the Research Staff at the Department of Integrated Safety and Security, Integrated Risk management & Risk Management and Corporate Security. Previously she worked at the University of Vienna, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, and the TU Ilmenau. She holds a PhD from the Technische Universität Ilmenau with a focus on Media Psychology. Her current work is strongly focused on online communication as well as representations of gender and diversity in Social Media. She has completed research on the depiction of same-sex relationships on YouTube as well as expression of gender and sexual identity on YouTube and other social media outlets.

Rania Ali - Student Journalist

Rania Ali fled Syria for Europe in 2016, filming every step. Her journey was later turned into the documentary “Escape from Syria: Rania's Odyssey” which has been viewed over 9.2 million times. A journalist and human rights advocate, Ms. Ali is currently based in Austria and working on a multimedia project involving refugees. She is a fellow of the 1325 Women in Conflict project, and a leader of the Living Together initiative that gives young people a place to express their opinions in cultural diversity and inclusion. She has spoken at TEDxParis 2017, MIPCOM 2018, and with politicians and in parliaments in Austria, The Netherlands, France, and the UK, compelling decision-makers to support refugees.

Organized by the Working Group for Equal Opportunities (