The 3rd International Conference on Future of Women, was held on 13- 14 February in Bangalore, India under the theme “The Next Generation of Women: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, and Equal Participation”. The conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Vasanta College for Women, Admitted to the Privileges of Banaras Hindu University, India, Nebraska Wesleyan University, USA and Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India as the Co-hosting partners while Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran and Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Turkey as the academic partners for this year’s conference.
The conference provided an opportunity for delegates to share their valuable knowledge and experience of women studies from various perspectives. Moreover, the conference welcomed 75+ participants from 18 countries around the world.
Future of Women 2020 comprised of ten (10) technical sessions. The technical sessions were under the below themes.
This was a discussion exploring the lives and works of women photographers and how they have developed their careers and networks. It was a joint panel between the University of the Arts London (UAL) and Fast Forward research project based at University for the Creative Arts (UCA).
The discussion was followed by the panelists as follows;
Networks: The Fast Forward Project – By Prof. Anna Fox
Contemporary Women Photographers: Beyond the Document – By Prof. Karen Knorr
How Women Work: Exploring How Women Photographers’ Career Structures of the 20th Century Aligns With Those of the Present Day – By Prof. Val Williams
Women in a Small Country; The Progress of Women Photographers In Ireland – By Christine Redmond
A New Age; Women in India – By Chinar Shah
Through this panel, it was intended to celebrate the women as an equal partner in all the opportunities and challenges posed by society and important women in the key decision and actions in the future. The panel, therefore, discussed the roles, the opportunities, the challenges and the milestones of women in the natural and common pool resource management and their studies spanning from urban to rural, local to the global context.
Discussion was followed by the panelists as follows;
“Women And Struggle For Common Land In North India: Insights from Punjab” – By Prof. Pampa Mukherjee
“Climate Based Changing Resource –Gender- Power Dynamics in Rural Agrarian Systems along Peri-Urban Bangalore” – By Dr. Rosewine Joy
“Empowering Women Through Leadership Spaces: Case Studies from Rural Rajasthan” – By Laxmi Thakur
“Accelerating Gender Equality in Natural Resource Management” – By Geeta Bhatrai Bastakoti
“Role Of Gender In Shaping The Built Environment In India: A Case Study of Women Architects In Ahmedabad” – By Dr. Mansee Bal Bhargava
Founder WEFT Women Entrepreneur Foundation
Founder Thinkhall Training and Consultancy LLP
Topic: “The Growing Power of Women in Business”
PROF. ANITA SINGH
Centre for Women’s Studies and Development
Topic: “Female Migration: Struggle And Challenges”
PROF. GERISE HERNDON
Chair of the International Studies program Professor of English
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Topic: “#MeToo: Reclaiming the Body and Rewriting our Stories”
MS. POONAM PRALHAD SATPUTE
Village Social Transformation Foundation,
Topic: “From Behind the Chulha to Behind the Counter Bhil and Pawara Women’s Financial Self-Determination”
DR. SHIRIN ABBAS
Symbiosis International (Deemed) University
Topic: “Stories of Social Change for Women brought on through using Mobile as a Development Communication Tool”
“STEPPING TO 2021: THE NEXT CHAPTER OF FUTURE OF WOMEN”
This workshop was arranged by the Conference Chairs to discuss the outcomes and get the feedback of the Conference. Participants were able to share their experiences of attending the conference and expressed their ideas on areas to be improved in the future.
Moreover, the plans to be executed when organizing for Future of Women 2021 was discussed during the workshop. The workshop provided an insight to deliver the future conferences in a fruitful way with the outputs received by the Conference Chair, Keynote Speakers, Participants, and Organizers.
Prof. Surekha Dangwal
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna University
Dr. Anitha A
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
Prof. Anita Singh
Banaras Hindu University, India.
Prof. Gerise Herndon
Nebraska Wesleyan University, USA.