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Breaking Norms: Exploring Gender Dynamics And Development Strategies In India

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Empowerment and Development Initiatives for Women in India: An Overview

Session Report Anubhuti Mahanta

#IMPRI Gender Impact Studies IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi organized “YWLPPF Young Women Leaders in Public Policy Fellowship- Winter’24”, a two-month online immersive introductory leadership certificate training fellowship program to empower young women to become effective leaders in the field of public policy through a comprehensive learning experience delivered by leading women experts in the field. On Day 2, the distinguished panel of experts included Professor Roxanna Marina, and our program chair, Professor Vibhuti Patel.

Professor Vibhuti Patel led a detailed discussion of gender and gender dynamics in India. In the context of India, Professor Vibhuti Patel addresses the shifting dynamics within traditional family structures, particularly focusing on the changing roles of men. Professor Vibhuti Patel highlights the patriarchal nature of traditional family structures in India and how it perpetuates gender inequality.

She emphasizes the need for men to challenge and redefine their roles within the family, promoting gender equality and breaking free from societal expectations. She believes that men must recognize their shared responsibility in creating a more equitable society, and that their role should be to support and empower women. She also argues that men should focus more on providing emotional and psychological support to their partners and children, rather than relying on traditional gender roles.

Gender Development India and SDGs

The meeting highlighted the significance of accurate data systems, gender-aware indicators, and gender development indices to address disparities and monitor progress. The relevance of integrating gender perspectives into development goals and policies, particularly Goal 5 of the SDGs focusing on gender equality and empowerment, was underscored.

In the Indian context, accurate data systems and gender development indices are crucial for addressing the existing gender disparities and monitoring progress towards achieving gender equality. By integrating gender perspectives into development goals and policies, particularly Goal 5 of the SDGs, India can work towards empowering women and ensuring equal opportunities for all. This will not only contribute to the overall development of the country but also create a more inclusive and equitable society. Women empowerment is a crucial part of India’s development agenda, as it will lead to greater economic growth, improved health outcomes, and improved education outcomes. Moreover, it will also help to reduce gender inequality and create a more equitable society.

Conclusion

The meeting concluded with a thoughtful Q&A session, in which participants addressed their concerns about gender discrimination in the workplace and in society as a whole. Professor Vibhuti Patel also addresses the evolving behavior of men, by highlighting the father’s transformation from a less involved husband to a more supportive father suggests a recognition of evolving gender norms. The reference to leaving the house during family conflicts also touches upon the issue of housing insecurity for women in certain situations.

The speaker encouraged a positive change in mindset, emphasizing that men may not always be aware of the negative impact of their actions, and that education and exposure can contribute to breaking these patterns. The mention of the digital age and access to social media as a source of information and inspiration indicates a recognition of the potential for societal change through technology.

The speaker gave insight and suggestions on how to address these issues, emphasizing the importance of solidarity, changing mindsets, and implementing strict laws and policies in order to achieve gender equality in the workplace. She also highlighted the prevalence of sexism in Indian society, discussing how cultural norms and biases contribute to gender discrimination. Overall, the disscusion reflected a broader societal narrative in India, touching upon issues of gender roles, family dynamics, and the potential for positive transformation, particularly with the opportunities presented by the digital age.

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