UN Women hosted an event in Mumbai in partnership with the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC), a body for trade and commerce operating primarily in the Western region of India. The Executive Director Phumzule Mlambo’s visit and inputs from civil society, corporate bodies and government partners represented an ample opportunity to discuss the economic advances we can make towards gender equality. This event advocated and demonstrated the need for convergent and coordinated actions, and partnerships for ensuring a life free of violence for women and girls.

Transformative Social Change at UN Women Event

The event, featured panel discussions as part of UN Women’s global ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign. Through these the event explored how skill development, entrepreneurship and innovation can help achieve gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. The event also organized the lighting up of Mumbai’s Gateway of India, to draw attention to the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Our director, Dr Ranjana Kumari, was a panelist on the panel ‘‘Planet 50-50: Towards Transformative Social Change’. She spoke about how gender equality is required for social change to take place in a major way.

Transformative Social Change at UN Women Event

Some excerpts from her talk:

“Women have started questioning the narrative-whether it is questioning the personal laws. Why should women be discriminated?”

“We need to look at a transformative society and be partners to ensure a gender equal world”

Dr Ranjana Kumari with Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women

Dr Ranjana Kumari with Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women

In line with UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism, CSR has come with it’s own campaign #SochKeBol, which aims to generate awareness regarding online safety and hate speech, and the need to be more careful in creating as well as disseminating information online. Do participate!


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