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Towards Building Responsible Gender Sensitive Society and Gender Just Governance


Dialogue Meet Report
by Ajit Muricken, Sudha Reddy

There is enormous potential to empower women, address social and economic inequality linked to gender and contribute to a broad social justice agenda. [...] Engendering the field of transitional justice will entail a fundamental rethinking of the goals, structures and foundational as well as the future incorporation of a gendered perspective in all levels of planning and implementation. [...] Women’s participation in all spheres of decision-making and policy formulation is both a form of justice and redress and a necessary element of real democratization.

Just as an exclusive focus on specific violation or incident undermines the ability of truth to contribute to a broader agenda of social justice, so with reparations does the linking of redress to a single incident similarly weaken the potential contribution to social justice. There is enormous potential to empower women, address social and economic inequality linked to gender and contribute to a broad social justice agenda. Practical actions and redressal policies as a proactive vehicle to put right past harms which are not limited to violation, but rather serve to redress an overall context of oppression and violations of basic rights and contribution towards furthering gender equality, empowerment and gender sensitive development. Engendering the field of transitional justice will entail a fundamental rethinking of the goals, structures and foundational as well as the future incorporation of a gendered perspective in all levels of planning and implementation. Policy process or institution can be credible which fails to incorporate the participation of a majority of the population; and this holds equally true for forums which determine and implement justice policies.

Women’s participation in all spheres of decision-making and policy formulation is both a form of justice and redress and a necessary element of real democratization. Moreover, marginalization and exclusion are often at the heart of the conflict being addressed, and justice mechanisms are intended to both address these causes as well as contribute to the creation of a new society that is gender sensitive and gender just governance, in this backdrop an interactive meet on ‘Building Gender Sensitive and Gender Just Governance’ was held in collaboration with Eco Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives (EFSA) and Forum for Ethics and Responsibility (FER) at Eco nest Ashasanda, Vagamon, Kerala.

The Dialogue Meet began on the 29th evening with introduction by Ajit Muricken, Chairman of Eco Foundation for Sustainable Alternatives (EFSA) and Rights & Responsibility Collective and Ms. Sudha.S, Asia Coordinator, Forum for Ethics and Responsibilities.

Finally, as a culmination of three day intense dialogues on building responsible gender sensitive society and gender just governance, the participants discussed in groups for evolving Charter principles for building Responsible Gender Sensitive Society and Just Governance and agenda for follow up action. After serious deliberations on the contents for a citizen’s charter of responsibility based on models of charters, it was suggested that a citizen’s charter of responsibilities would be drafted based on the deliberations presented in the report.

Content of the report

Background
Introduction to the Dialogue Meet

Day 1

- BUILDING A GENDER JUST SOCIETY: Striking a balance between Rights and Responsibilities – Edith Sizoo, International Coordinator, Forum for Ethics and Responsibility

- ‘Women’s Predicaments in the Prevailing Socio Political and Cultural context’ – Damyanty Sridharan

Panel 1: ‘Delegitimizing patriarchy – the role of men, women and civil society’ Moderator- Ms. Chandra Srinivasan, Socialist & Women Activist, Mumbai

- ‘Deconstructing sexual stereotypes and constructing gender equity’ – Ashi Sara Oommen, Kerala
- Family & Society – the redefining roles and responsibilities in gender relations – Elizabeth Abhraham, Kerala
- Caste & Patriarchy from gender perspective – Sanjay Rai, Director of AIM, Lucknow
- Sexual minorities – Overcoming stigma and discriminations – Manohar Elavarthi, Praja Rajakiya Vedike, Bangalore,

Panel 2: ‘The responsibility of State and civil society in protecting rights of the vulnerable sections’

- Children in a gender insensitive adult world and the role of civil society and state – Dr. Nishtha Desai, Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG)
- ‘Food security, health and nutrition from a gender perspective’ Ms. Suman, Director, Child Rights Trust & international Committee member of FIAN-India, Delhi
- ‘Social and Solidarity Economy –shared responsibility- principles & practices from a gender perspective’ - Nicole Alix, Rencontres du Mont Blanc, France

Day 2

- Building a Culture of Responsibility in the Political Institutions and Governance Structures - Jagadanda, Director, CYCD, Orissa
- Creating Democratic Spaces for Building a Responsible Gender Sensitive Society and Just Governance - Dr. D.K. Giri, Association for Democratic Socialism, New Delhi

Panel 3: Structural barriers to women’s participation in politics and their representation in governance and strategies for overcoming structural barriers’ Moderator – Ms. Asha Malatkar, EFSA

- ‘Structural barriers to women’s participation in politics in the context of Nepal’ – Prof.Dr. Madhavi Singh, Rahat, Nepal
- Indian Political Context - Prof. E P Menon, India Development Foundation, Bangalore
- ‘Gender representation in political leadership and leadership in political parties’ Savitha Shinde, Advocate and political activist, Pune
- ‘Women’s representation in local governance – class and caste factors in defining women’s role’ Ms. Harini Shetty, coordinator of Urban Research Center, Mangalore
- ‘Need for Evolving a Legal Framework for Building Responsible Gender Sensitive Society’ Maria, Advocate, Kerala

Panel 4: ‘Role of Religion in building responsible gender sensitive society’

- ‘Women’s role in building gender just society from an Islamic perspective’ Ms.Wafa Sultana, Law student from SDM College Mangalore
- ‘Ecology and Gender- a vision for constructing sustainable alternative paradigm’ – Dr Asha Kachru, Strainata, Medak Dist, AP
- New Horizons of Gender Justice: Co-Realizations, Responsibility and Planetary Realizations - Dr.Ananta Giri, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai

Day 3 - groups deliberations and presentations

Concluding session

Read the full report:

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Final Report Dialogue Meet Gender Sensitive Society


For more information you can also read the concept note: ’Responsible Gender Sensitive Society and Gender Just Governance’

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Concept Note Responsible Gender Sensitive Society and Gender Just Governance
Published on: 8 April 2014
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