Beyond Silence: Women's Rights in India
With Distinguished Speaker
Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath
Principal, Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Wednesday, May 29
10:00AM -- 11:00AM
B1c Conference Room
CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
The past 6 months have seen Indians protesting throughout the country, angry over a series of highly-publicized rape and murder cases involving young female victims. International rankings regularly show Indian women have advanced politically, but are not economically or socially empowered. That is slowly changing, and India’s overall emergence as a 21st century power depends significantly on the inclusion of its “other half.” The issue has sparked emotion from all corners of India, and brought to the fore a national conversation on violence against women and children.
Please join us for a timely roundtable discussion of these issues with one of India's leading voices on women's rights, Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath, Principal of India's premier women’s college. Dr. Gopinath is also the founder and honorary director of WISCOMP (Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace) an initiative begun in 1999 to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of international politics, peace, security and diplomacy. She was also the first woman to serve on the National Security Advisory Board of India.