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From Reflection to Action

by Diplomatist Bureau - 28 March, 2024, 12:00 139 Views 0 Comment

On 28th March 2024, the United Nations Women’s Association (UNWA) commemorated International Women’s Day at UN House. The event served as a platform to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead. The main highlight of the celebration was a thought-provoking discussion by the authors Madhu Bala Nath and Mondira Dutta, who co-authored the book “Let Us Walk the Talk on the Road to Gender Equality.”

The book situates itself in the contemporary context post COVID-19. The authors addressed pressing global issues such as the cessation of peace dividends, socio-economic impacts of epidemics, geopolitical shifts, rapid digitalization, climate change, and the looming threat of a global recession. Despite these challenges, the book adopts a hopeful perspective, exploring opportunities for gender equality amidst adversity.

It provided a valuable opportunity for reflection and dialogue on the journey towards gender equality. The discussion highlighted the importance of upholding the principles of gender equality amidst global challenges. It emphasized the need to empower women to play a meaningful role in creating a more inclusive and equitable world. As societies face various socio-economic, environmental, and geopolitical hurdles, ensuring gender equality becomes imperative for sustainable development and progress. By enabling women to fully participate in decision-making processes and providing equal opportunities, we can harness their potential to drive positive change and foster a more just society for all.

The event garnered significant attention, with members and guests actively participating in the discussion surrounding the book. Attendees found the insights shared by Nath and Dutta enriching and inspiring, reinforcing the collective commitment towards achieving gender equality.

Madhu Bala Nath, a distinguished advocate for gender equality and a member of UNWA, has made significant contributions to the field through her work with various multilateral and bilateral agencies such as SIDA, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN Women, and others. Her focus areas include enhancing the visibility of women’s work in national census processes, empowering women to engage in political negotiations, and advocating for gender-sensitive policies at the highest levels of governance. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Nath has authored multiple books and training manuals, and currently serves on governing boards that drive change at both national and global levels.

Mondira Dutta, the Founder Chairperson for the Centre for Inner Asian Studies and the Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, brought her extensive experience in gender studies and human development to the discussion. With over five decades of teaching and research, Dutta’s specialization includes Gender Studies, Violence against Women, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Human Development. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, she was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2009 at the International Congress of Women sponsored by the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan. Currently, Dutta remains actively engaged in various research forums and advisory roles, both nationally and internationally.

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