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Thiruvananthapuram:  In a bid to promote gender equality in the country and hike female work engagement rates, the Kerala government is all geared up  to host  India’s  first  international conference in Thiruvananthapuram from November 12-14.

Issues ranging from citizenship, globalisation, work, governance, health, education, disability and the role of media will be tabled in the global conference whose primary theme is “Gender, Governance and Inclusion”.

The conference stresses on the urgent need for ushering in a new agenda for promoting gender equality.

Titled ‘International Conference on Gender Equality’ (ICGE -1), the three-day conference is being organised by the Green Park, an institution under the Kerala Government. Green Park revolutionised the issue of gender equality by introducing “She Taxi”. The model is now being replicated in various states across India.

The conference aims to necessitate an informative and interactive program that will include plenary sessions, thematic paper presentations and panel discussions by gender experts from across the world and poster presentations by young scholars.

Kerala’s draft policy on transgender rights is also set to be discussed in the conference.

(With inputs from various sources)

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Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)