Indian and global experts to attend first Indian gender conference

Three-day ICGE 2015 to feature key policy discussions on gender inclusiveness

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29: Indian and foreign scholars, eggheads and policymakers will rub shoulders to discuss and forge new perspectives in the compelling present-day issues of women’s employment, governance and sexual rights at a three-day international conference, which gets underway here on November 12.

The high-profile International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE) 2015, the first of its kind in India, is being organised by the Gender Park, under the state government’s Department of Social Justice (DSJ), in partnership with UN Women.

The first of a series of biennial conferences will feature seminars and presentations on gender from the social, cultural, religious, legal and economic perspectives.  

The list of speakers and delegates at ICGE-1, scheduled to be held from November 12-14 at Kovalam’s KTDC Samudra Convention Centre, will feature a veritable who’s who in the field of gender studies and activism, including Prof Naila Kabeer from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics, legal scholar and author Smt. Flavia Agnes, activist Dr Mallika Sarabhai, and former President and CEO of America’s Public Broadcasting Service Ms Pat Mitchell.

Prof Kabeer will kick off the event with a keynote address on the conference theme of ‘Gender, Governance and Inclusion’.

The three-day conference follows up with a presentation on the Central government’s high-level committee report on the status of women in India. The second day of the event features a roundtable on Kerala’s policy for transgenders in view of the Supreme Court’s April 2014 ruling for equality for the third gender, and it is to be chaired by DSJ director Shri V N Jitendran.

“Months of planning have gone into putting together this conference and it is reflected in the quality of speakers, who are presenting important current studies and research on gender that span significant governance and societal issues,” said Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish. “We are proud to be able to consider and forge a way forward in strengthening the inclusion of women in the development process using national and global perspectives.”

The conference is packed with sessions on child sex ratio concerns, migration from Kerala, women’s participation in MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme), caste and ethnicities, women in governance and entrepreneurship, and the masculine response to gender equality and justice.

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