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 / 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


Author: Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email:

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