Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D., ’07G and Michele Stopera Freyhauf ’12G, graduates of John Carroll University’s master’s program in theology and religious studies, presented papers at the 57th meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The meeting, held recently at U.N. Headquarters in New York, was focused on the theme of eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls.

Messina-Dysert and Stopera Freyhauf served on a panel titled “Globalization and Violence Against Women: Examining Female Labor, Migration, and the Impact on Families.” Panelists offered proposals to improve the lives and opportunities of migrant women and to prevent trafficking and enslavement.

The panel also explored initiatives to counterbalance the systematic hiring of women from poverty-stricken nations to take on domestic work in wealthy nations. These women often must make a global commute, leaving behind their own children and families in order to care for the children of other women.

Messina-Dysert recently accepted an appointment as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College. She previously served as director of the Center for Women’s Interdisciplinary Research and Education at Claremont Graduate University, where she earned her Ph.D. in religion.

Stopera Freyhauf is an instructor of religious studies at Ursuline College and is pursuing a Ph.D. in theology and religion at Durham University.

Visit the JCU Department of Theology and Religious Studies website for more information about its undergraduate and graduate programs. 


Posted on March 25, 2013