Changing Face of Global Democracy webinar series brings together panelists who put contemporary Global Democratic scenario in comparative perspective in order to promote deeper understanding of the challenges that these unsettling times pose for the world Democracies.
The panel goes beyond the day-to-day rush of events and convene conversations that help us understand the broader context of our times and help advance the search for constructive answers to our society's most urgent questions.
The Giri Foundation headed by MS Megha B. Purohit who is the Founder and Director of the organisation is working on helping make the women of the Mountains of India financially empowered.
The Panel explored how Social movements and changes in the major democracies can empower women in general especially the women in India.
A complex question put forth by Megha B. Purohit to Mr. Sibal that surround the impact of the Patriarchy on the women and also How the democratic system needs to bring upon stronger policies and laws to ensure women empowerment to which Mr. Sibal enunciated that the women's empowerment comes through not just Policy Priscriptions but essentially by ensuring that the Households in India don't live in abject poverty. Adding to this he also stated that the quality education is another fundamental principle to empower women and also there has to be a paradigm shift in the attitudes towards the women.
Adv. Mrunalini Deshmukh added in that a women especially mothers need to treat their children of both the genders equally and educate their sons as this by large will bring upon the change that is to be reflected in the large society.
Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women
The panel was a diverse mix of women professionals from public policy, legal practitioners, academicians and civil society. They collectively agreed that economic freedom would eventually bring in dignity, confidence and establishment of agency necessary for the empowerment of women. The state attempts this by setting prohibitory mechanisms(DV, POSH acts) that restrict harmful practices on one end and opening up avenues for empowerment(MUDRA, Skill India) on the other end. Empowerment isn’t merely putting the burden on women, but rather develop a broader supportive culture – legally, socially and politically. Other important recommendations included a comprehensive sexuality programme through education, for kids to acknowledge and question the gender roles they witness in the society at large.