Conversations on Gender Empowerment

Women in India, and all over the world, have come a long way, but the journey has neither been easy nor equitable. We are at this juncture in the life of our nation where all genders must come together and work together for what is overdue to more than one half of us. Open and inclusive conversations on gender are critical to urge people to move beyond the rhetoric, make space for voices that have been stifled or left unheard and work towards policy changes that ensure representation, justice, and equity for women and LGBTQI in both public and private spaces.

The Bridge is a platform to bring leaders, artists, activists, actors, media and corporate together and through dialogues about policy, politics, society and culture, question and disrupt the discourses that undermine gender empowerment, address the gap between theory and implementation, and create new narratives, perspectives and solutions for gender equality and empowerment in India.


Speakers for the Bridge's second edition in 2018

Guneet Monga
is an award-winning film producer. She has produced globally acclaimed films like Masaan Peddlers, Trishna and Gangs of Wasseypur. Her film Lunchbox was nominated for the Best Foreign Film at BAFTA awards and Masaan won the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in 2015.
Harish Iyer
is an equal rights activist, columnist and a motivational speaker. He is the only Indian on the The Guardian's World Pride Powerlist of the 100 most influential LGBTQ persons in the world. He works extensively to create awareness on child abuse.
Kanika Tekriwal
is the founder of JetSetGo, which operates India's largest private jet and helicopter fleet. She is featured on numerous coveted lists such as Forbes' 30 Under 30, CNN's 20 Under 40, and BBC's 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.
Mahua Moitra
is a member of the legislative assembly in West Bengal. She has worked as an investment banker with JPMorgan in New York and London. In 2009, she quit her job to enter active grassroots politics in India. She is currently the General Secretary of the West Bengal Trinamool Congress and serves on two Standing Committees of the Legislative Assembly- on Health & Family Welfare and on Public Estimates.
Naina Lal Kidwai
is Chairman, Max Financial Services and Advent Private Equity. She retired as the Executive Director of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India. Naina has edited two books "Contemporary Banking in India" and "30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories." and is the recipient of the Padma Shri award for her contribution to Trade and Industry.
Rahul Roy
is an independent documentary filmmaker. His films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger backdrop of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. He is the author of a graphic book on masculinities titled 'A Little Book on Men' and has co-edited (with Dr. Deepak Mehta) a volume titled Violence and The Quest For Justice In South Asia.
Shehla Rashid Shora
is a Ph.D. candidate at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and the former Vice-President of the students' union in JNU. An engineer turned activist, she's currently writing a book on student politics in India.
Sujatro Ghosh
is a 24 year old artist and a photojournalist. His satirical photo series on women wearing cow masks, which highlights the apathy towards women's safety in cities and the growing religious extremism in India, is very popular on social media and was covered by national and international media.
Swara Bhaskar
is an award winning actress in the Hindi Film Industry whose Filmography includes the critically acclaimed Anaarkali Of Aarah (2017), the critical-commercial success Nil Battey Sannata (2016); superhit blockbuster films Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo (2015), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), Raanjhanaa (2013) and Tanu Weds Manu (2011). Swara is also an occasional writer and columnist and her short stories and articles have appeared in The Little Magazine, Seminar, The Himal Southasian, The Hindu and the Indian Express.


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