ICGE 1 concludes tomorrow

Thiruvananthapuram, November 13: The Gender Park’s first International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE 1) will conclude tomorrow with an address from Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy and the release of the ICGE 1 statement at Kovalam’s KTDC Samudra Hotel.

A message of solidarity from leader of the Opposition Shri V S Achuthanandan will also be delivered. Prof Amit Shovon Ray, Director of the Centre for Development Studies, is the chief guest at the function.

The ICGE 1 Statement, which is expected to serve as a guideline to governments, NGOs and civil society, the private sector and media on the way forward to promote and sustain gender equality, will be released by Dr M K Muneer, Minister for Social Justice and Panchayats.

Joining him in the release of the document will be Prof Naila Kabeer of the London School of Economics, Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary to the Ministry of Steel, Mr Toshihiro Tanaka of UNFPA and Ms Aparna Mehrotra of UN Women. The UNFPA and UN Women are also co-organisers of the three-day conference, together with the Gender Park.

The conference has witnessed several important moments, including the release of the Kerala policy for transgenders, the first such—outlining rights and protection measures for the third gender—by an Indian state.

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