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Short Term Course on Gender Justice - Emerging Issues, Trends & Challenges

Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is going to organize a Short Term Course on Gender Justice - Emerging Issues, Trends & Challenges.

Date: 6th - 10th March, 2017
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

The Theme:
The issue of gender justice has been a matter of discussion and deliberation, both at the international and national levels. With the increased participation of women in all walks of life, particularly at the workplace and the breaking of hitherto social, political and religious gender barriers, the issue has assumed significance and become subject-matter of debate at all levels including law.

Today, women are donning multiple roles, apart from being a homemaker - they are working as top executives in MNCs, working as legislators in State and Central legislatures, working as educators in the education sector, etc. While the changed societal matrix & perception and economic globalization have made way for the increased participation of women, the concern over the free play of discriminatory attitudes and prejudicial mind-sets often pose challenges to women and targets of multi-facet retaliations and disincentives. The incident of Nirbhaya in the Capital of the Nation not only exhibits how such treatment is basically an anathema to the concept of gender justice but also exposes the barbaric mind-set annihilating the values of basic civilization. The days of yore when women were treated as fragile, feeble, dependent and subordinate to men, should be a matter of history.

Globally, the United Nations has established a strong mandate and politico-legal paradigm based on core values imbibed in equality and human dignity for gender justice. India, in response to the international developments, has also created a strong legal framework to safeguard the interests of women. From the arena of Constitutional guarantees to criminal law to laws ensuring safety at the workplace, the legal regime is equipped to hit at the roots of discriminatory and violent practices aimed at demeaning and denigrating the position of women in society.

The course is aimed at acquainting the participants with the concept of gender justice and its emerging dimensions in a global scenario. It focuses on the understanding of the laws, its procedural intricacies and judicial decisions aimed at strengthening the position of women at home and outside. Emerging issues like sexual harassment at workplace will be discussed along with the challenges ingrained therein. On successful completion of the course, the participants will have a holistic understanding of the legal framework and its implementation mechanism to safeguard the interests of women in society.

Course Description:
The Short Term Course will be held from 6th to 10th March, 2017. It will be a 5 day course with 30 hours of interactive sessions, followed by oral/written assignments. Participants are required to appear in examination to be conducted on completion of the course. Successful candidates will be awarded certificates.

Course Contents
The course will cover the following areas:

  • Gender Asymmetry in Society
  • Gender Justice - Concept and Significance
  • Sex, Gender & Sexuality - Construction of the terms
  • Gender - Social & Legal Prescriptives in India
  • International Instruments on Gender Justice
  • Constitutional Perspectives
  • Participatory role of Women in Governance
  • Women at Workplace - Relevant Industrial Legislations
  • Professional ethics at workplace
  • Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace
  • Women and Violence - Sexual and Non Sexual Assaults
  • Abuse in the family
  • Women's Rights - Enforcement mechanism
  • Role of National Commissions
  • Role of Police, prosecutors & judiciary
  • Role of Civil Society & feminist groups

The course is open to all faculties from Universities / Institutes affiliated to the MHRD TEQIP II sponsored program. The total number of participants in this category is limited to 25.

Interested persons from Industry, academia and other organizations can also participate by paying course fees as mentioned below. This is subject to availability of seats.

  • Course Fee for Industry: Rs. 10,000/-
  • Course Fee for Faculty: Rs. 3,000/-
  • Course Fee for Research Scholars/Students: Rs. 3,000/-

Course fees may be paid in the form of Demand Draft or electronic money transfer. Course Fee includes course materials, tea and snacks during the days of the course. Certificates will be given on successful completion.

How to apply:

Interested participants should download and submit the application form along with the required information in a prescribed format given below and send it to the coordinator as per the mailing address mentioned below:

Dr. Dipa Dube
Associate Professor
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law
IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur- 721302,
West Bengal, India
Phone: 03222-281734, +91-9933051326

Outstation participants from MHRD approved institutions will be provided free accommodation and lodging on the campus of IIT Kharagpur. This is subject to selection of candidature for course.

Other participants will also be provided accommodation on request and payment of actual expenses (including food).

Visveswaraya Guest House (VGH)

  • Single occupancy in a double bedded room (AC) Rs. 400/-
  • Double occupancy in double bedded room (Non-AC) Rs. 300/-
  • Single Occupancy in double bedded room (Non-AC) Rs. 250/-
  • 3/4 bedded room per person (Non-AC) Rs. 150/-
  • Double occupancy in a double bedded room (AC) Rs. 600/-

Cost of Food is extra and not included in the above tariff.

Important Dates:

Last Date for receiving applications:

20th February, 2017

Intimation to participants:

24th February, 2017

Course Dates:

6th - 10th March, 2017

Dr. Dipa Dube
Associate Professor,
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law,
IIT Kharagpur Kharagpur- 721302,
West Bengal, India
Phone: 03222-281734, +91-9933051326

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