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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Gender Park, an institution under the state department of Social Justice, is organising the three-day International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE -I) in Thiruvananthapuram with the support of UN Women from 12-14  November later this year.

As gender discussions increasingly take centre stage in and outside the country, the state is gearing up to host a global conference on gender equality with the participation of thinkers, scholars, field experts, professionals and policymakers from around the world. It is envisaged to be the country’s first such large-scale exercise in creating a space to share knowledge and global experiences in reducing gender inequalities, said officials of Gender Park, which has already made a notable social impact with the women-run ‘She Taxi’ initiative.

“Gender, Governance and Inclusion” is the core theme of the conference that will discuss issues ranging from citizenship, globalisation, work, governance, health and education to masculinities, disability and the role of media, they said. “For our state, this exercise takes on added significance because we hope to be able to draw attention to the successes and weaknesses of the Kerala model of development,” state Minister for Social Justice M K Muneer said.

He said the programme would provide in-depth vision and understanding of the best practices worldwide for achieving gender equality. Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish said the conference would build on the success of initiatives such as the all-women taxi cab ‘She Taxi’, which is being adopted by other states as a powerful model for women’s entrepreneurship and a means to ensuring their social and financial security.

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Actor Akshay Kumar Lends His Support to Gender Equality

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society

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Lending his support to gender equality, actor Akshay Kumar said that strong women make stronger countries.

Akshay Kumar along with a bevy of Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt, gathered on Sunday night to attend the 3rd Lux Golden Rose Awards to extend their support to the United Nations’ campaign #HeForShe.

Talking on the subject, Akshay Kumar said: “When women are strong, families become strong and countries stronger. I am happy to be a part of a family which has many strong women like my mother, my wife, my sister and my mother-in-law.”

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society.

Talking about the role of female actors in the industry, Shah Rukh said: “These women have contributed to making me a better human.”

Gen-next stars like Taapsee Pannu, Nushrat Bharucha, Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar, Rakulpreet Singh, Ada Sharma too were present at the event.

Janhvi, daughter of producer Boney Kapoor and late veteran actress Sridevi, bagged the Lux Golden Rose Emerging Beauty Of The Year.

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She said the award was “encouraging”.

“My parents have always maintained that a good artiste is a reflection of a good and honest person and I hope to prove myself by doing exactly that,” she added.

Veteran actress and politician Hema Malini bagged the Lux Golden Rose Iconic Beauty Over The Decades award.

The star-studded evening became much entertaining when Kareena performed on stage on the super hit tracks of her male co-stars like Shah Rukh, Salman Khan and her actor-husband Saif Ali Khan.

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Kareena also won the award of Lux Golden Rose Confident Beauty Of The Year alongside Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhasker.

Others who were seen shaking a leg at the gala were Varun Dhawan, who paid a tribute to his co-stars like Taapsee and Alia; and Madhuri, who enthralled the audience by dancing on tracks like “Dream girl”, “Laila main laila” and “Yeh mera dil”. (IANS)