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Gender Equity and Inclusion: Transformative Pathways in Higher Education – A Workshop at St. Teresa’s College, Kochi from 5-8 January 2019.

The workshop is being organized by WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace) in collaboration with St. Teresa’s College, Kochi as part of the collaborative project ‘HAMSA: Campus Equity Initiative’. The project is supported by the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy, New Delhi.

Building on its two-decade long engagement with women’s equal participation, security and leadership in South Asia, WISCOMP seeks to facilitate and institutionalize gender-just norms and practices at higher educational institutions (HEIs) through this Pan-India initiative. The project involves workshops for faculty, administrators and students (women and men) at five partner HEIs located in Tier II cities of India, with the participation of institutions from proximate metropolitan and other Tier II cities in the region. These efforts will be buttressed by:

a) an Award to recognize efforts to break cultures of silence on gender based violence

b)Safety Audits by Students and faculty

c) a virtual community of stakeholders from academia to share best practices for women to seamlessly transition into the world of work.

The flagship workshop of this collaborative initiative at St. Teresa’s College seeks to build a cohort of engaged ‘animators’ who are committed to proactively engage to make campuses gender-just by raising awareness, tracking progress, maximizing reach of the gender-sensitization processes. It will also facilitate the designing of a Gender Audit template by the participants for their campus.

Participants for the workshop will be drawn from faculty and students of St. Teresa’s and faculty from Loyola College, Chennai and other colleges of Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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