Consultation on Current Challenges to Democracy, Secularism & Fundamental Rights

Invitation to a Consultation on Current Challenges to Democracy, Secularism & Fundamental Rights

3rd March 2012, Saturday, J.P.Naik Bhavan, Mumbai University, Kalina Campus, Mumbai

Women’s Research & Action Group (WRAG) is pleased to invite you to an All India Consultation on “Current Challenges to Democracy, Secularism & Fundamental Rights”. The Consultation is to be held on 3rd March 2012. Many of you would have received a ‘save the dateinvitation letter from us last month. The Concept Note for the Consultation is attached. The final programme schedule is pasted below.

WRAG was founded in 1993 in the wake of the communal violence that shook Mumbai in 1992. Its work focuses on protecting and promoting social and legal status of women, especially those from underprivileged and marginalized communities, through community empowerment and the law. It consists of a group of young feminists who engage actively with the women’s movement in India, constantly re-examining and questioning established norms and ideologies within. It also focuses its activities towards situating women’s concerns and interests within a human rights framework.

At WRAG as we launch into a new phase of our work we feel it is necessary to have a discussion on the issues outlined in the concept note with like-minded individuals, groups and networks; to take stock of the national and global scenario and to collectively deliberate on a way forward. We extend our invitation to you personally to participate in this Consultation. The following 4 themes have been identified for discussion during the Consultation:

1. Progress on economic, physical and legal security of minorities

2. Women human rights defenders

3. Security forces and the need for accountability

4. Gender-based violations

Please confirm your participation by sending an email to wrag2009@gmail.com / calling us at 022-26674830. Amarjit Singh (ph. 9820214688) / Leena K.K. (ph. 9820623475) may be contacted for enquiries / confirmation of participation.

We look forward to your participation in and contribution to the discussions.

In Solidarity,

Nasreen Mohammed, Saumya Uma, Vahida Nainar, Varsha Berry & Dr. Vibhuti Patel

Trustees, Women’s Research & Action Group, Mumbai

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