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'Economic progress, education key to ensure gender equality'

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Economic advancement and better education are key to ensuring equality in India, said

Narula, founder and of Difficult Dialogues, said is ahead of its South Asian neighbours when it comes to awareness and equality.

However, overtime the country has also reported "terrible acts" of violence and gross inequality on the basis of gender, she said.

is a forum for examining issues of contemporary relevance in

Although gender norms are now going through transformations, inequality still persists and that is what aims to address, Narula said.

"The idea (behind setting up the forum) is to discuss and come up with recommendations for what it takes to achieve a higher level of in our society," she told PTI.

Narula said economic advancement and better education are the key things that will help further the cause of gender equality in

The forum is holding a three-day conference next month to discuss vital issues facing The meet, to be held in from February 9 to 11, will focus on the question ' For Everyones Benefit?'

The conference would examine wide-ranging topics under the overarching theme of gender and come up with white papers directed at making a tangible difference, she said.

This year, Sarah Hawkes, who leads the (UCL) Centre for Global Health and Gender, and of the King's College London will be amongst the speakers at the meet.

Narula said deliberations at the meet will help the forum create policy papers aimed at influencing policies and decision-making.

and Ketan Mehta, actors Nandita Das, and Deepa Sahi, transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, women's rights activist Vrinda Grover, politicians and Salman Khurshid, and will share their views at the event.

The event is the third in the series of conferences on key issues organised by the forum.

The first conference was on "Global Finance and Civil Society", while the second one focused on health issues, said Narula.

"This year we have approached Brookings to help us disseminate the conference papers because they have a working relationship with the bodies that discuss and form policy within the government," she said.

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First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 13:35 IST