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Stage set for 'Difficult Dialogues' on gender equality (Curtainraiser)

IANS  |  Panaji 

Leading experts, policy makers and renowned personalities have begun to gather in this e Western Indian state for the "Difficult Dialogues" forum, an annual conference tackling the most vital issues facing The third edition in the series will focus on "- For Everyones Benefit?"

This year, the forum, beginning Friday, will be held in partnership with the (UCL), University (GU) and the (ICG). Renowned professors of global health such as Sarah Hawkes, who leads the UCL Centre for Global Health and Gender; of Global Health of UCL; of Child and Family Policy of UCL; and of London will be amongst the speakers at the conference.

UK and will also be present. Through engaging panel discussions, the speakers will grapple with the crucial issue of how Indian gender constructs affect fundamental aspects of daily lives and citizenship.

Attendees can expect to see top government officials discuss new policy directions with a number of leading minds from the professional world, academia, development experts, the media, grass-root workers and a host of celebrities with vivid experiences of the issues at hand.

Through their academic leads, they have contributed towards the programming of Difficult Dialogues 2018 and will help the forum to create policy papers aimed at influencing public policies and decision making. As a part of the programming, several interactive workshops would also be held to supplement the panel discussions.

Socio-political filmmakers and Ketan Mehta, actors Nandita Das, and Deepa Sahi, transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, women's rights activist Vrinda Grover, eminent politicians and Salman Khurshid, and Maharashtra's will all share their views at the event. NGOs such as from Mumbai, PLAN India, PHIA and the Consortium for Street Children are also organizing panel discussions at Difficult Dialogues.

Difficult Dialogues was founded by philanthropist Surina Narula, a veteran NGO founder - responsible, amongst other achievements, for establishing the internationally lauded Consortium for Street Children - to bring together leaders from across the spectrum of international society to and find to South Asia's most pressing priorities.

"My experience working with NGOs spanning 20 years has given me a deep understanding of the pressing need to work on policy change. 'Difficult Dialogues' is an endeavor to provide a common platform to bridge this gap between policy makers and involved with implementation. Unless the last mile implementers are included in the conversation, policies will only reflect what mega rich businesses want and democracy will be diluted," Narula said.

The conference will reach its culmination on Sunday evening.



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First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 14:56 IST