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Thousand speakers to discuss gender issues

Thousand speakers to discuss gender issues
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Thousand speakers to discuss gender issues, The University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, will host the 12thWorld Congress on Women from August 17 –...

  • 12th Women’s World Congress in Hyderabad
  • University of Hyderabad all set to host the programme

Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, will host the 12thWorld Congress on Women from August 17 – August 22 on the theme ‘Gender in a Changing World’, an issue of topical relevance in an engendered paradigm, the world is witnessing.

This is the first time that this Congress is being held in India. The UoH had bid for this Congress under the leadership of Prof. Syed Hasnain, former Vice-Chancellor and Rekha Pande, the then Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and had won the bid in 2010. The results were announced by the site selection committee on December 13, 2011 and UoH received an official communication that Hyderabad has been selected as a destination to host Women's Worlds (WW) 2014.

The earlier conferences were held in Israel (1981), Netherlands (1984), Ireland (1987), USA (1990), Costa Rica (1993), Australia (1996), Norway (1999), Uganda (2002), Korea (2005), Spain (2008) and Canada (2011).

The theme of the Congress is ‘Gender in a Changing world’. The varsity received abstracts from Afghanistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Islamic republic of Iran, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Netherland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Taiwan, Uganda, USA, UK, and across the county on varied themes such as gender and culture, gender and history, gender and management, violence, digital divide, globalisation, women and work, and gender law.

There are few workshops also organised on trafficking of women, new reproductive technologies, role of education in empowerment of women, feminist research and empowerment of women and the Women’s World Congress –impacts and lessons learnt a 33 years of history. Esther Eillam, from ‘The Hebrew University in Jerusalem’ is the oldest participant at 75 and who has not missed a single congress until now.

Around 1,000 speakers are expected to participate in the Congress. A total of 850 panels and abstracts have been received and will be presented from different parts of the world including Brazil, USA, UK, France, Germany, Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Canada, Israel and across the country.

Varied themes such as gender and culture, gender and history, gender and management, gender and violence, gender and digital divide, gender and globalisation, gender and work, gender and law, gender and science, gender and health, etc.

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