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Program - 2016

Welcome Address by Anant Nath
10:00 to 11:00
Opening Address by Maneka Gandhi

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11:00 to 11:15
Empowering women through information
SPEAKERS: Sapna Chadha
India has the highest digital gender divide in the world, and women in rural areas are getting left behind. Easy access to information can empower women, transform the country’s future and bring down the social, economic and cultural barriers that are holding women back in rural India.
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11:15 to 11:40
Google Internet Saathi: Driving change through the Internet
SPEAKERS: Internet Saathis: Female Internet trainers from rural India
MODERATOR: Neha Barjatya
Having gone from being regular women in their villages to becoming Internet experts, Internet Saathis are agents of change in villages across India and are improving the lives of entire communities. These women from remote villages will talk about the challenges they have overcome to better the lives of others as well as their own.
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11:40 to 12:25
Evolution of The Indian Heroine A Boys Club Called Bollywood
SPEAKERS: Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das
MODERATOR: Shohini Ghosh
Indian actresses across the ages have been powerful, talented and beautiful women who have battled the odds and established themselves in the public imagination. But have their own imaginations been limited by the roles and opportunities they are offered? Does sexism still inhibit what women can do in fim?
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12:30 to 1:20
Lost in Translation What Does it Mean to be a Feminist in India?
SPEAKERS: Mona Eltahawy, Dr Nivedita Menon
MODERATOR: Urvashi Butalia
This panel explores how Western constructs of feminism fi into an ancient and impossibly diverse country like India. How do India’s multiple cultural, social and religious realities interact with one-size-fis-all formulations? Is intersectionality the key to unpacking the various facets of feminism in India?
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1:20 to 1:30
Ginni Mahi on stage at The Bridge
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1:30 to 2:15
2:15 to 2:50
Conversation on challenges that patriarchy presents for working women in India
SPEAKERS: Radhika Piramal, Richa Shah, Shikha Makan
2:50 to 3:20
Who cares? The plight of the young Indian man In conversation with Rohini Nilekani

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3:20 to 4:05
Sex and dating: Version 2.016 Technology and the evolution of romance
SPEAKERS: Taru Kapoor, Parmesh Shahani, Paromita Vohra, Mayank Shekhar
MODERATOR: Aditi Mittal

Technology has transformed how people meet and interact, but is it also transforming social and moral mores in a society deeply steeped in tradition?
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4:05 to 4:20
In conversation with Paresh Nath
MODERATOR: Priyanka Dubey
4:20 to 5:10
Hope in the heart of darkness Changemakers from Rural India

Members of India’s largest women’s self-help group will talk of their journeys of empowerment and emancipation.
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5:10 to 5:40
A woman in the world
In conversation with Farah Khan
MODERATOR: Anant Goenka
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5:40 to 6:10
In conversation with Manish Sisodia
MODERATOR: Rishi Majumder
6:10 to 7:00
Women will make the laws A case for greater political representation of women
SPEAKERS: Mani Shankar Aiyar, Meenakshi Lekhi, Subhashini Ali
MODERATOR: Pragya Tiwari
Women are chronically under-represented in political parties and elected bodies. Our panelists will examine the causes of the problem and the merits of proposed solutions—such as reservations for women in elected bodies, a promise every major political party has made and failed to keep.
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7:00 to 7:35
Love, sex aur cinema
In coversation with Dibakar Banerjee
MODERATOR: Jai Arjun Singh
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7:35 to 8:00
At the intersection Tribal and gender rights
SPEAKERS: Soni Sori, Shalini Gera, Kalyani Menon-Sen
MODERATOR: Vrinda Grover
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8:00 to 8:30
In conversation with Mallika Dua
MODERATOR: Ishita Chaudhry
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* The Program May Be Subject To Change