Share your story at the Future of Women 2021

We are all storytellers: being a storyteller is part of what makes us human, distinguishing us from other living beings. The 4th International Conference on the Future of Women 2021 strives to bring together storytellers from our attendees that help us learn about each other outside of the framework of a formal conference paper.

In the spirit of the ongoing work of global women’s movements, this storytelling session will take place within the Conference. All our attendees, from women activists, men as allies, advocates, academics, leaders, journalists, independent researchers, and NGOs that support women, girls and planetary well-being, have an opportunity to share your story.

The storytelling session of the Future of Women 2021 offers you the opportunity to share your story in the following categories and modes of presentation:


Success Stories – personal and project achievements, joyful accomplishments

Stories of Struggles – including setbacks, anger, sadness



Documentary films

Short fiction films

Performance art – poetry, song, short dramas


Date: 25th February 2021

Time: 10:40-12:10


The experience of a female activist, her motivations, and actions often differ from men and these differences are unique.  We want women and men to understand the role “gender” plays and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for advancing gender equality in their daily lives. Thus, throughout this workshop it is intended to discuss about their journey of being the difference today.

Moderator will be updated soon.


Date: 26th February 2021

Time:  15:00 – 16:00


Send your original work/proposal to on or before 21st October 2021 with your biography.

After you submit, please acknowledged receipt via an email within three working days.

Submissions must be in English or with English subtitles.

All storytellers will be notified of acceptance within two weeks.

Each storyteller will be given a 30-minute slot in the session including the discussion time.



Date: 25th February 2021

Time: 14:10 – 15:40


prof alka singh

Principal, Vasanta College for Women
Admitted to the Privileges of Banaras Hindu
Krishnamurti Foundation


The “Discussnet” will give everyone a chance to meet new people and interact with the attendees at each of the tables to address new topics. Participants are encouraged to select their discussion according to their interest. At Future of Women, we will be discussing about the following topics in detail.

  1. What’s the role of women in Cyber security?
  2. Gender mainstreaming is a long term strategy that goes hand-in hand with specific policies for the advancement of women
  3. Are Women the Key to Sustainable Development?


01. Safety and Security of Women in Cyberspace

Cyber security has become one of the hottest and fastest-growing fields in technology across the globe today. Despite the continuous growth in cyber security spending and opportunities, women’s representation in the cyber workforce remains low – even more so than in IT. This is against a backdrop of a growing skills shortage in cyber; by 2022 there could be a global deficit of 1.8 million cyber security professionals. How can women begin to bridge this gap? One way is to encourage more women into cyber security; another is to offer them equal opportunity to raise to senior leadership roles. As the field of cyber security expands we will need the range of skills and perspectives that women can bring.

Let’s find more details at this discussion.


prof anita singh fucure of women

Prof. Anita Singh

[Conference Chair]
Centre for Women’s Studies and Development
Banaras Hindu University,


02. Gender Mainstreaming

Women and men have different needs and living conditions and circumstances, including unequal access to and control over power, resources, human rights and institutions, including the justice system. The situations of women and men also differ according to country, region, age, ethnic or social origin, or other factors. The aim of gender mainstreaming is to take into account these differences when designing, implementing and evaluating policies, programmes and projects, so that they benefit both women and men and do not increase inequality but enhance gender equality. Gender mainstreaming aims to solve –sometimes hidden- gender inequalities. It is therefore a tool for achieving gender equality.

Let’s discuss more details at this discussion.

 Moderator :

dr. manjari shukla

Dr. Manjari Shukla

Dr. Manjari Shukla,
Vasanta College for Women Rajghat Fort Varanasi,


03. Women and Sustainable Development

We all agree that progress in achieving sustainable development goals has been abysmally slow. In the 21st century, we are confronted with economic, environmental and social crises on a global scale. Advances in attaining gender equality have been equally sluggish. Is there a link between these two trends? The three pillars of sustainable development — economic, environment and social — are also relevant to discussions of gender equality. Particularly, women have a right to equal access to all avenues to end poverty, from social protection safety nets to use of the latest technology.

Let’s discuss more details at this discussion.

Moderator :

prof alka singh

Prof. Alka Singh

Principal, Vasanta College for Women
Admitted to the Privileges of Banaras Hindu University
Krishnamurti Foundation,


  • Welcome and the introduction by the moderator (3min)
  • Briefly introduces participants in the table (2min)
  • Identifies areas of common interest in the topic while brainstorming. (15min)
  • Each member shares ideas and suggestions or experiences that relate to the topic 1, 2 and 3. (60 min)
  • Presents the discussion points and the outcome of each discussion by the moderator to all audience in the Hall. (10min)


**All conference participants are invited to take part in “Discussnet”.

Date: 25th February 2021

Time:  16:00 – 17:30