The State of Gender Equality- #GenderGaps

A talk series by #IMPRI Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC)

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is sustained gender inequality both personally and professionally. There has been a sharp rise in gender-based violence within households, and an increase in the unpaid care work to be performed by women. This has limited the ability of women to carry out paid work with agility – whether remotely or at the place of work – and adversely impacted their wellbeing at large. Even before the pandemic, research had shown that progress towards gender equality had been slow across the world, and these extraordinary times have undoubtedly exacerbated these pre-existing gender disparities.

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Source: Feminism in India

In this light, addressing issues of gender inequality, and recommending and implementing actionable solutions should assume increased importance. With the above background, the Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC) at #IMPRI, with Delhi Post as Media Partner, has launched a discussion series called #GenderGaps to engage with experts on gender issues, through an intersectional lens. The experts would share their insights on the challenges and way forward in achieving gender equality, based on their work, experience and research. The series would explore the role of governance, corporations, civil society, the populace and other actors in realising an equitable society.

The #WebPolicyTalk will be conducted via a Zoom webinar and streamed live on Facebook. The event video would be available on the #IMPRI YouTube Channel thereafter.

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The audience would be comprised mostly of faculty, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and University and college students across India and other countries. 

The outcome of the deliberations would be disseminated through various social media platforms and media outlets and would contribute to the preparation of a policy brief that will help in the future course of actions for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society organizations.

#GenderGaps – Events

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Panel Discussion
Gender based violence in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown
15 June, 2020 | 5:00 PM  
Panelists: Govind Kelkar | Manorama Bakshi | Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz| Counterview.net| Dainik Bhaskar

Panel Discussion
Addressing Gender based violence- Ascertaining actionable solutions 
26 June, 2020 | 5:00 PM 
Panelists: Govind Kelkar | Aya Matsuura | Indu Prakash Singh | Poonam Kathuria | Sanghamitra Dhar | Urvashi Prasad | Simi Mehta 
Details: Event Page | Event Report 
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz| Counterview

Gender based violence ascertaining actionable solutions
Panelists for Gender Implications of COVID 19

Special Lecture
Gender Implications of COVID-19
20 Aug, 2020 | 11:00 AM
Speaker: Vibhuti Patel
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Samapti Guha, Urvashi Prasad, I C Awasthi, Balwant Singh Mehta, Indu Prakash Singh, Maitreyee Handique, Simi Mehta, Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Counterview.net | Delhi Post News

Panel Discussion
Release of study findings- Rural telephonic time use survey study- Life in the era of COVID-19: Impact on Women village makers and future prospects
5 September, 2020 | 4:00 PM
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Vibhuti Patel, Madhu Joshi, Kailash Tharware, G. Sridevi, Ellina Samantroy Jena, Indu Prakash Singh, Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Gender Gaps and Gender Equality: Why it matters?
12 October, 2020 | 5:00 PM
Speaker: Rekha Pande
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh, Govind Kelkar, Simi Mehta, Arjun Kumar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Girl-Child discrimination in India: Examining a declining child sex ratio
13 October 2020 | 6:00 PM
Speaker: Bijayalaxmi Nanda
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh, Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post News

GenderGaps Prof Rekha Pande


Natural Resources and women in India: Challenges, Impact and the way forward amid COVID-19 Pandemic
26 October, 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Seema Kulkarni
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: India Water Portal

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Promoting Gender Equality through Public Expenditure: Understanding Gender Responsive Budgeting
31 October, 2020 | 11:30 AM
Speaker: Sanghamitra Dhar
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage:

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Combating COVID 19 and Gender Divide


Combating COVID-19 and Gender Divide
5 November, 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Sanghamitra Sheel Acharya
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
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Patriarchy in the 21st Century: Challenges and the way forward amid COVID-19
6 November 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Zakia Soman
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post News

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Women and Health: Concerns during COVID-19
10 November 2020 | 5:00 PM
Speaker: Jashodhara Das Gupta
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post News |Youth Ki Awaaz


Women Rights in 21st century India: From the lens of a Social Activist
12 November 2020 | 7:00 PM
Speaker: Shabnam Hashmi
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Women’s representation in India’s corporate and management sector
18 November, 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Samapti Guha
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Monetary Fiscal responses to the Pandemic and the state of Gender inequality
21 November, 2020 | 4:00 PM
Speaker: Lekha Chakraborty
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz


Gender and Muslim politics beyond Islamophobia
21 November, 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Ajay Gudavarthy
Panelist: Indu Prakash Singh 
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz| The Wire | Newsclick| Telegraph India

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Addressing the #GenderGaps in a Post-Pandemic World: Policy Shifts and Priorities
23 November, 2020 | 5:00 PM
Speaker: Urvashi Prasad
Panelist: Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post News


Transforming India 2030 towards Gender Equality: Women and Sustainable development goal
1 December, 2020 | 6:15 PM
Speaker: Jyoti Chandiramani
Panelist: Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Mainstreaming Single Women in AtmaNirbhar Bharat
2 December, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Panelist: Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post


Pandemic, Policy, and Patriarchy: Process of Gender De-equalization
4 December, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Ritu Dewan
Panelist: Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Feminist Media as an Alternative Mainstream Media: Lessons and the Way Forward amid the Pandemic
9 December, 2020 | 5 PM
Speaker: Japleen Pasricha
Panelist: Govind Kelkar, Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Under the shadow of a Pandemic: Gender, Employment, and Migration in 21st Century India
16 December, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Indrani Mazumdar
Panelist: Govind Kelkar, Indra Munshi
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Delhi Post


COVID-19 Pandemic and Women’s Lives in Wuhan
17 December, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Ritu Agarwal
Panelist: Govind Kelkar
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Delhi Post

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Adivasi women: Issues of Forest, Land and Livelihood
22 December, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Indra Munshi
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Virguinus Xaxa
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Special Lecture
Leaving the Shadow of Pain: Responses to Trauma – Healing amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
4 January, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Doris Gray
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Smita Kumar, Nandini Murali
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

Prof Doris Gray Leaving the Shadow of Pain Responses to Trauma Healing amid the COVID 19 Pandemic


Towards Freedom from Child Sexual Abuse
19 January, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Pooja Taparia
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Rajesh Kumar, Achama Mathew
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

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Migrant Workers and Childcare in Thailand and Myanmar
20 January, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Kyoko Kusakabe
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, Ashima Sood, Ritu Agarwal, Babu P Remesh
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Delhi Post

Panel Discussion
Life in the Era of COVID-19: Impact on VillageMakers of Bihar & Future Prospects
29 January, 2021 | 11:30 AM
Panelists: Nivedita P Haran, Aparajita Gogoi, Braj Kishore Pathak, Nalin Bharti, G. Sridevi, Mahua Roy Choudhury, Madhu Joshi, Simi Mehta
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz | Counterview.net

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Gendered Dimensions and Impacts of Suicide Bereavement: Exploring Lived Experiences
15 February, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Nandini Murali
Panelists: Prabha Chandra, Carla Fine
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Counterview.org


Gender-based Violence & Safety: Orchestrating the Role of Men, Women, Communities, and Spaces
25 February, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: Priya Varadarajan
Panelists: Vibhuti Patel, Sakshi Sharda, Tanvir Aeijez
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Youth Ki Awaaz

Gender based Violence Safety Orchestrating the Role of Men Women Communities and Spaces
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Using Technology to Address Gender-based Violence
3 March, 2021 | 6 PM
Speaker: ElsaMarie D’Silva
Panelists: Vibhuti Patel, Rwitee Mandal, Sangita Dutta Gupta
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Special Lecture
The Law in my Kitchen: Questions about Gender, Agency, and the State
4 March, 2021 | 4 PM
Speaker: Madhavi Menon
Panelists: Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Usha Mudiganti, Akanksha Agrahari, Prerna Sengupta, Riddhi Bang
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Media Coverage: Kashmir Times

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Distinguished Lecture
The Role of Policy and Society in Accelerating Inclusive Equality: #ChoosingToChallenge for Action and Impact
8 March, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Speaker: Govind Kelkar
Panelists: Nivedita P Haran, Virginius Xaxa, Francis Raj, Indu Agnihotri, G Sridevi, Manorama Bakshi
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Special Lecture
Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls in Asia and the Pacific
16 March, 2021 | 4:30 PM
Speaker: Mohammad Naciri
Panelists: Govind Kelkar, M. Niaz Asadullah, Nandita Baruah, Irfa Puspitasari
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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Gender-Based Violence Interventions: Impact and Way Forward
24 March, 2020 | 6 PM
Speaker: Nayreen Daruwalla
Panelists: Vibhuti Patel, Poonam Kathuria
Details: Event Page | Event Report
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#GenderGaps – Selected Publications

Addressing Domestic Violence: A forgotten agenda while locking India down
Observer Research Foundation | April 10, 2020
Simi Mehta, Balwant Mehta, Arjun Kumar

Locked down with a predator
The Pioneer | April 10, 2020
Balwant Singh Mehta, Simi Mehta, Arjun Kumar

Vacillating mother and child health services in India during #COVID-19
Counterview | April 13, 2020
Manish Priyadarshi, Simi Mehta, Balwant Singh Mehta, S Jayaprakash, Dolly Pal, Bharathy, Navneet Manchanda, Ritika Gupta, Anshula Mehta, Arjun Kumar

Whither healthcare? Lockdown causing ‘major concerns’ for poor pregnant women
Counterview | April 13, 2020
Manish Priyadarshi, Simi Mehta, Balwant Singh Mehta, S Jayaprakash, Dolly Pal, Bharathy, Navneet Manchanda, Ritika Gupta, Anshula Mehta, Arjun Kumar