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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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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala
Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala. (IANS)

Fruit bats were the source of Nipah virus which created havoc in Kerala’s Kozhikode in May according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an official said on Tuesday.

Kerala Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said that tests of the first batch of 21 bats were were negative, but the second set of tests done on 55 fruit bats from Kozhikode confirmed that the nocturnal mammals were behind the spread.

Sadanandan told IANS that Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday confirmed the latest test results.

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The ICMR is the country’s premier body engaged in formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. (IANS)

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