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Drafts regional declaration on educating women for public leadership
After a three-day strategic roundtable, students of the Lady Shri Ram College recently released a declaration called the Delhi Platform for Action, in collaboration with the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), in order to make institutes more gender sensitive and address violence against women on campuses. Along with that a group of experts from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka a regional declaration on educating women for public leadership was drafted. This comes as a part of their 50 by 50 plan which aims at 50 per cent representation of women in public service by 2050.
During the release of the document, the principal of LSR Dr Meenakshi Gopinath said that the declaration aimed at breaking stereotypes that call feminism a fixation. She further added that it explores the students’ understanding of gender. While both the declarations recommend policy action on addressing gender-related issues, the student affirmation looks more at specific things that women need. Some of them being freeing themselves of violence and limits set by protectionist laws, having access to options, the ability to assess one’s own preferences and imagine life otherwise. It also chalks out a road map on how one can achieve all of this.
The regional declaration on the other hand focuses more on removing gender issues through education, occupational security, law, rights and reservation. Associate Professor of History Dr Ujjayini Ray, who was a part of the expert drafting committee, says that the declaration also states how women should be trained in public leadership. “For leadership in the public arena you need to star at the beginner’s level which is education. The declaration highlights issues of curriculum, provides a support system for research and prohibits gender-based violence,” she adds.
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