Conference on “VOCABULARY OF CHANGE: GENDER AND YOUTH IN POLITICS”
The conference focused mostly on the participation of women and youth in politics. It aimed at discussing the recent trends of women and youth participation in the Lok Sabha elections, 2014. Active participation of women in mainstream political processes has crucial implications for processes of governance in a country. However, in one of the world’s largest democracy like India, where women constitute half of the population, there is still a huge gap between constitutional guarantees and the actual status of women. The evolution of Indian democracy through the 16th General elections so far has reflected a low representation of women in Parliament, State legislatures, in political parties and other decision-making bodies. Against this background, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and WomenPowerConnect (WPC), with the collaboration of the Department of Political Science- Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), organized the event called “Vocabulary of Change: Gender and Youth in Politics” at CTI Conference Room, JMI in New Delhi on the 21st of August 2014. The event was attended by more than 170 students, who attentively and enthusiastically took part in the conversation, sharing experiences and comments and interacted with the speakers. The purpose of the event was to provide a platform for interface between the political leaders representing various parties and youth from various Delhi based universities. It is envisaged that the discussion will help the youth in understanding the Indian political process, the challenges faced during pre-electoral, electoral and post-electoral phases and women’s participation in party politics and governance.
A talk by Prof. Amber Syed on Islamic Feminism with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia
Under Genderlogue a talk on “Islamic feminism: A contradiction in terms” was organized by WPC with support from Subject Association of Political Science Department, Jamia Millia Islamia by Ms. Ambar Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University on 30th September, 2014. The discussion was flooded with many interesting questions and arguments revolving around gender and Islam and the contradictions in the contemporary world. Ms. Ahmad discussed and replied the queries with scientific approach and research she has been involved all these years.
A Talk by Dr. Vibhuti Patel on, ‘Gender Economics: Gender roles and Gender development’ Lady Irwin College
A discussion about the Gender Economics, Gender roles and Gender development was organized in Lady Irwin College on Raushni Deshpandey Oration held on February 26th, 2016. The event was arranged by WPC and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in the Development Communication and Extension Department to provide an understanding of the gender equality in the past and its comparison with the present. Dr. Vibhuti Patel, an economist from SNDT University and trustee of Anusondhan, was the guest lecturer at the event along with Mrs. Anju Dubey Pande, programme specialist UN women from JNU Delhi. Being a renowned economist, Dr. Patel initiated the lecture by explaining the term gender economics and its relevance as an academic discipline.
She emphasized and clarified the origins of Gender Economics that lie in the high mortality rate and low participation of women in the earlier years. This led to the concept of Gender Economics to boost the status of women. Touching upon all the major milestones and the history of the concept starting from 1970s, she spoke about the Equal Revolution Act in 1976 and the struggle of Leela Mittal and her sister who fought for Hindu Property Law to include women as co-holder in property. Changing patterns were now noticed in the women’s migration and SEWA became the first registered model of Trade Union for Women in the same era.
After completing the history, Dr. Patel discussed the current definitions and other important concepts in Gender Economics, for example: sex v/s gender, matriarchy, oppression & exploitation, socialization etc. Also along with it, she talked about gender analysis, how gender identity is formed. Gradually directing the course of the lecture towards the current situation of Public Economics (macro and micro level) and Economic Development, she also talked about other related aspects such as the various opportunities being provided to women in the current market and development process of the country.
Towards the end of the discourse, Dr. Patel talked about politics in Gender & Development, Economics in Gender & development and Ecology in Gender & Development and also showed the status of Gender gap sub-indexes in India. The students coming from the department of development communication were curious to learn more about the issue because of its proximity to their academic field and were motivated to break the silence. Dr. Patel ended the lecture with her last three words; Agency, Voice and Choice which are the principles on which a woman should live upon and summarizes the concept of Gender Economics.
Ecocracy: Annual Fest of The Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia was held on 8th & 9th March, 2016
The Annual Fest of Jamia Millia Islamia with the Theme of Women Empowerment was held on 8th and 9th of March 2016 which was organized by WPC. The fest was inaugurated by by key players of the Department, such as Dr Shahid Ahmad (Head Of Department) and Dr BathulaSrinivas (Professor), Dr Talat Ahmad (Vice-chancellor) and Dr Raj Singh (Vice-chancellor, G D Goenka World Institute) and the session was chaired by Ms. Gayatri Sharma, Director , WPC. The series of event started with the debate followed by street play, rally, poster making etc.. The street play consisted of three acts, while one showed a grieving father over the birth of a girl child, the other two acts stood out by raising the issues of dowry. In the Poster-making event, participants had to create simple, expressive posters on either child trafficking or gender equality.
The second day started with a panel discussion on “Equality debate- How far we have come?” The panellist were Prof. SurajitMazumdar (Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University), Anil Bhardwaj (Secretary General, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprise (FISME)) and N. Paul Divakar (General Secretary, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)). After this various other event followed like, photography contest, quiz etc.
Finally this was concluded with a valedictory session. The chief guest for the event was Mr. Arvind Subramanian who is well known as an academician and is also the current Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. . Along with him, Prof. Talat Ahmed (Vice-Chancellor), Ms. Gayatri Sharma (Director, WPC), Prof. Shahid Ahmed (Head of the Department of Economics) and Prof. B. Srinivas (Students Advisor) were also present.