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‘Genderlogue’ to sensitise men on equality

Genderlogue, a conference on gender issues organised at the St Joseph’s College on Saturday, broached the idea of ‘substantive equality’ and for men to be sensitised towards gender issues and empowerment of women. Co-organised by Women Power Connect (WPC), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and SJC, it “aimed to highlight the unrecognised, unreported nature of gender bias, sex workers and anti-discrimination”.

“We try to collaborate with like-minded NGOs who look at gender issues because we have come to a point where we need to dialogue the issues, that’s why we call it ‘Genderlogue’,” said Ms. Latha Paul, Professor, Social Work Department. “We look at the idea of Substantive Equality, where men and women are equal. We are not trying to overpower men but seek for men to be sensitised and to work towards empowerment of women,” she added.

Gayatri Sharma from WPC noted that Article 14, 15, 16 of the Constitution are known as the” Golden Triangle” of equality. She said that “despite these we are not equal, and many factors lead to discrimination,”. “Genderlogue is a series of dialogues for understanding, challenging and churning gender norms to move towards gender equality at the political, economic, and social levels,” said Ms. Jyothi, programme manager, FES.

Darshana Mitra, lawyer at Alternative Law Forum (ALF) spoke of how most people did not know about existing internal complaints committee for working women who are discriminated against at the work place and also the local complaints committee for domestic workers.

Sunil Mohan, LGBT rights activist, pointed out that gender identity is a complex thing. “So my question is if you want proof for a gender, why only a certain gender has to do it and not the other gender?” Shubha Chacko, Executive Director, Solidarity Foundation, noted that “There is a stigma attached to sex workers, and if a person wants to do sex work the decision needs to be respected.”