Conference on "Complicating Conversations: Girls' and Women's Empowerment in South Asia and South Asian Diaspora"
Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Empowerment or the will to strengthen the capacities of self or others is, according to Barbara Cruikshank, neither good nor bad, it is political. This conference endeavors to engage with this political enterprise to provide analysis of the current state of women's and girls' empowerment.
International organizations, state governments, the private sector, academia and popular culture are invested in girls’ and women's empowerment. However, girls’ and women’s empowerment in South Asia is a much celebrated yet inadequately examined issue. This conference will reflect on the nature of empowerment programs and will critically examine the promise of empowerment as the solution to a wide array of social, economic and cultural problems. Critical dialogues will seek to engage with and complicate dominant conceptions of girls’ and women's empowerment in South Asia and its Diaspora and the ways in which they construct the lives of girls and women.
When & Where
DISHA (Development in South Asia)
DISHA (Development in South Asia) which means 'direction' in Hindi, is a Teachers College Columbia University based student organization that provides an active platform for discussion on South Asian educational practices, policy, and research. We work to promote dialogue and discussion among students, researchers, educators, and activists in the field. DISHA’s vision is to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects that target development issues in the region. It envisions ways to become a base for exchanging ideas and working together with the NGO’s and governments’ to fill the existing gaps in research, policy and practice. DISHA is also dedicated to collaborating with and promoting awareness and advocacy for issues concerning the South Asian Diaspora.
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