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Women are increasingly participating in work, education, the arts, politics and governance.  Still, gender inequality is widespread in India and across the world.  This discrimination is partly perpetuated by how women are represented in the media.  On the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, VMFT together with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mar Ivanios College  is organizing a panel discussion with Nupur Basu, Bina Paul and Saritha Varma, all leading women in the media.  Award winning film director, Shaji N Karun will make the introductory remarks.

Join the conversation to help change the future of women for the better!  Send us questions and comments at vmft.tvpm@gmail.com.

India became the first country liberated from colonialism to give women the right to vote in 1947. Exercising political power is an important step forward in ensuring equality. To put this extraordinary achievement in perspective, women in Switzerland got the right to vote only in 1971.  Saudi Arabia gave women the right to vote and run for office only in 2015.

Yet, despite this headstart in the public sphere, women in India continue to suffer some of the worst discrimination and atrocities.  Only 21 percent of Indian women are in the workforce – compared to over 80 percent in Nepal.   The female workforce participation rate in India is one of the lowest in the world.

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VMFT aims to bring key stakeholders together to think about the mega trends shaping Kerala society and the systems, policies and actions required to build a better future for the next generation. We will hear the voices of scholars, politicians, administrators, business people, teachers, citizens from different walks of life, and especially youth and even children.

A child born today in Kerala will be 30 in 2050. That is about the age at which many men in Kerala currently get married and start rearing the next generation.  What kind of society is today’s child likely to live in?  What kind of society would we like this child to live in?  Or will Kerala even remain a place where people can live at all?

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Memorial Lectures and Awards

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Memorial Lectures

Vakkom Moulavi
Memorial Lectures

Professor N.A Karim Award
for Outstanding Public Service

Resource Centre

The Resource Centre houses a collection of resources on renaissance, journalism, education and renaissance leaders.  It also hosts a Reader's Forum which conducts a review of a book every month. In addition to books and resource materials related to Vakkom Moulavi, the resource centre carries books and publications relating to the work of the VMFT. These include books relating to education and teaching, science and mathematics resources for children, political science, history, journalism and media, religion and the environment.
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