Thursday 5 March 2015

WOMEN'S MARCH | TALK | Women & Recent Laws by Kalpana Kannabiran

Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad is pleased to announce a special talk on the occasion of Women’s March. This month will have a special focus on women as we celebrate WOMEN’S MARCH 2015!

by Kalpana Kannabiran

Director, Council for Social Development

Time: 6:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Venue: Hamburg Hall, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
Entry : free

On the occasion of Women's March, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad is pleased to present a talk by Kalpana Kannabiran, on Women and Recent Laws in India. 

Today's India offers a lot of opportunities to women, with women having a voice in everyday life, the business world as well as in political life. However, even though India is moving away from the male dominated culture, discrimination is still highly visible in rural as well as in urban areas, throughout all strata of society. While women are guaranteed equality under the constitution, legal protection has a limited effect, where patriarchal traditions prevail. There still prevails a stark difference in litteracy rates in the country (Men (India): 82.14% ; Women (India): 65.46%  ; Women (AP): 59.7% - 2011 Census of India). Spreading awareness, especially those of women's rights, is the need of the hour if we are to ensure that half our population does not remain oppressed. Sustainable and long-term development is not possible without the participation and empowerment of women. Only if they participate in the economic and societal development, can the full potential of India's society be unfolded.

​About the speaker:
Kalpana Kannabiran is the recipient of the inaugural Amartya Sen Award for Social Scientists, 2012, for her work in Law. She is a sociologist and legal researcher and is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. She was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research in the field of Social Aspects of Law by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2003. She was part of the founding faculty of National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law where she taught sociology and law for a decade (1999–2009) and is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women where she has coordinated research and legal outreach for women. Kannabiran has been the general secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (1998–2000) and is active in the International Sociological Association. She was a member of the Expert Group on the Equal Opportunity Commission, Government of India (2007–2008) and member of the Expert Group on Legal Education Reform in Kerala, Government of Kerala. She has been an activist in the women’s movement since the late 1970s.

About Women’s March 2015:
Women’s March is celebrated annually by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad to mark the month of the International Women’s Day. Every year we present a programme that highlights women’s issues in an innovative and thought-provoking manner.

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