|Organized by :
Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)
In collaboration with the
|Venue: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore
Date: October 13-14, 2014
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Background of the Seminar
In recent years, there has been a growing realisation that development goals cannot be achieved unless gender inequalities are removed and women are empowered to choose and decide their own welfare, the welfare of their families and the communities in which they live. Women empowerment depends on her education levels, work participation and exposure to mass media. Investment in women’s education results in improved status through improved economic prospects, greater decision-making autonomy, control over resources, exposure to the modern world, husband-wife communication, self reliance in old age and reduced restrictions on physical mobility. It is expected that women who have a regular job, earn cash and perceive their contribution as a substantial part of total family earnings are more likely to be empowered than other employed and unemployed women in the household.
Since women’s empowerment is a significant part of contemporary development policies, it faces many problems. At the theoretical level there is much debate as to what empowerment comprises and how best it can be achieved. Women’s empowerment has multi-dimensional focus and envisages greater access to knowledge, social and economic resources and greater autonomy in the economic and political decision-making process. Women’s empowerment seeks change in the sexual division of labour, equal access to food, health-care, education, credit and employment, ownership of assets and now, access to media.
Women constitute about half of the population and there is a shift in thinking about women’s role in development. The new ideas suggested that development was only made possible by the involvement of women in development projects. Secondly, there is a relationship between women, and the work that they perform in their societies as economic agents in both the public and domestic spheres. It also emphasizes the distinctive nature of the roles women play in the maintenance and development of their societies, with the understanding that purely the integration of women into development efforts would serve to reinforce the existing structures of inequality present in societies overrun by patriarchal interests.
In this context the proposed seminar theme “Women Empowerment- A Strategy for Development” will be focusing on how women’s empowerment can help improve overall development process in India with a view to evolve suitable policy prescriptions.
The sub-themes of the Seminar are:
- Women’s education and involvement in household decisions and development
- Women’s work and empowerment in the household and development
- Freedom of movement and development, and empowerment
- Women empowerment and domestic violence
- Women empowerment and development
Objectives of the seminar
The main focus of the seminar is:
- to examine the women’s participation in household decision-making and freedom of movement;
- to address the issue of women’s education and work.
- to highlight the inter linkages between women’s control over spousal earnings and violence against women.
- to suggest remedial measures to improve women’s status.
Instructions for Submitting Paper
Researchers, academicians, programme managers and those working in the area of women and gender development are invited to contribute research papers. The paper must be based on empirical research, theoretical perspectives, methodological innovations, micro-level experiments, policies and programs relevant to the seminar themes. Those intending to contribute papers to the seminar should submit an abstract of 500 words (approx) in MSWord format to the seminar coordinator by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . The seminar committee will review all the received abstracts and select the papers for presentations.
The paper presenters will get reimbursement of travel to and fro three-tier AC class train fare by the shortest route on production of tickets, and local hospitality during the seminar. The travel reimbursement will be confirmed only on receipt of the full paper.
The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is an All India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences, established in 1972 by the late Professor V K R V Rao. It is registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960, to create a blend of field-oriented empirical research and advances in social science theories leading to better public policy formulation. The institute is located in a sylvan 16-hectare campus at Nagarbhavi, abutting the Bangalore University’s ‘Jnanabharati’ premises on the south-western outskirts of the city. Besides the academic and administrative complex, the hostels for the students and guesthouse for the visiting scholars, the campus has a residential facility for 77 faculty and staff of the Institute. It also has well-equipped seminar halls and a 300-seater auditorium. The Institute’s campus is well maintained with sprawling gardens and lawns and a variety of flora and fauna. The Bangalore Urban Arts Commission has judged the Institute’s campus as one of the best maintained campuses in the city of Bangalore consistently for three years.
Last date for abstract submission : 15th July 2014
Notification of accepted papers : 25th July 2014
Full Paper submission : 15th September 2014
National Seminar : 13th and 14th October 2014
Dr. R Mutharayappa
Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS)
Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)
Dr. VKRV Rao Avenue, Nagarabhavi (PO)
BANGALORE-560 072, KARNATAKA, INDIA
Phone: +91-80-23215468 Ext. 136 Cell: +919449989930 Fax: +91-80-23217008
Email: email@example.com, Web: http://www.isec.ac.in