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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.