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Unveiling Empowerment Inspiring Women Voice

Unveiling Empowerment: Inspiring Women Voice

Session Report
Riya Pawar

Gender Impact Studies Center, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute hosted the Winter School Program on Young Women Leaders in Public Policy Fellowship.   The 10th Session of this course was conducted from 6th January to 8th March. The session was convened by Dr. Arjun Kumar, Simmi Mehata, Prof. Gumadi Srideviji, and Adv Dr. Shalu Nigam. The course is conducted by esteemed women pioneers from varied fields with special guidance to emerging young Women Leaders.

The session was chaired by Prof. Vibhuti Patel, she delivered the opening remarks. She talked about the Chiago Industry Workers  who stood for their human rights and remarked that collective efforts can truly transform our human society. She noted how women were against world war, reflecting the traits of empathy and foresightedness among women. She briefly summarized past sessions conducted under YWLPPF.

Inspiring Young Women Voices

The first presentation of this session was delivered by Sulekha Kumari who talked about stalking being a grave violation of human rights. She raised concerns about the mainstream media’s portrayal of staking in unfavorable ways. She drew parallels between stalking and mental and emotional deprivation of the victim.  She concluded by presenting a poem on the same as her creative Project. 

Dipila Saluja delivered her presentation on Women Leadership in Global Health. She initiated by quoting a report by WHO: Delivered by Women, Led by Men. The report narrated the inequality in the healthcare sector with 70% women in health workers role and only 25% in leadership roles. She also elaborated upon the glass ceiling faced by women in Global Health. She outlined the benefits of women leadership in the health sector. 

The following presentation was delivered by Anisha Koshy,  on the theme voices of resilience representing the tyranny of Tibetan refugees. She presented a video covering their stories. She talked about the Tibetan women’s uprising as one of the greatest movements of non-violent resistance in history. As apart of her creative project she presented poetry about stateless people. 

Riya Yadav’s presentation highlighted the Indian State’s response towards Homosexuality. Mechanism tends to discriminate and exploit those having homosexual tendencies. patriarchy allows only the form of family to exist the heterosexual patriarch or family which is the key to. She highlighted how parliament holds the power to make law to legalize same sex marriage. However, they have interfered with same sex marriages but they deny interference with same-sex marriage. 

R Preetha, talked about Women’s healthcare and English education. As a part of her creative project, she had skit enacted on students from government school students in Kanyakumari. According to her, language has been taken as the base to build culture throughout our country. However, according to her, English has become a language which has become a tool for any sort of upward mobility in the.

The theme for the next presentation was on the theme Gender Equality and Empowerment, delivered by Meenakshi Ravikrishna. She outlined barriers faced by women in politics ranging from structural to financial ones. She concluded with some suggestions like fundraising to eradicate  financial barriers, promoting accountability and transparency, creating safe spaces and awareness among masses to increase women participation in politics. Her presentation was grounded in principles of nationalism. 

The theme for Lopamudra Ghosh’s presentation was Empowering inclusive policy-making for an equitable India. She provided her insights in multiple domains. According to her, women should lead the development of robust and flexible bureaucracy. 

Following presentation was delivered by Swati Chandra on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. She tracked the substantial measures under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to unravel the success of this scheme. The scheme was ridden with challenges like limited budgetary allocations, conflict of interests among departments, poor monitoring and evaluation, persistence of patriarchal norms paradigm etc. 

The participants gave their feedback towards the end of the session. The session and the cohort successfully concluded with Prof Vibhuti Patel delivering the thanking address.

Acknowledgment: This article was posted by Riya Pawar, a research intern at IMPRI.

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