Engaging Young Women and Men towards a Gender-just Society
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
12:30 (BST) / 17:00 (IST)
Hearing from activists and women’s rights organisations in India working with young women and men on finding ways to dismantle patriarchy.
About the Event...
Activists and women’s rights organisations continue to challenge gender inequality and discriminatory gender norms, in spite of pushback from the patriarchal State. How best to work with young women and engage men and boys in this process will be discussed by practitioners from different parts of India.
Daily, we hear of incidences of violence against women and girls in India. And now with the COVID-19 lockdown we see two aspects of women’s lives exaggerated – unpaid care work and domestic abuse. While women and girls remain on the margins, the slightest socioeconomic shock propels them into multi-dimensional poverty and discrimination. This is despite the fact that the country has some of the most progressive policies and civic movements, a large proportion of elected women representatives and millions of women actively participating in self-help groups.
At the same, India has one of the largest cohorts of young men between the ages of 13 to 26. Many of them are under-educated, under-employed, lack positive role models and struggle with perceptions of masculinity. To see real change, we need to focus on the eco-system around power and offer innovative strategies for young men to face issues of patriarchy and masculinity head on and become their best selves.