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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Women’s Research and Action Group (WRAG) is pleased to invite you to an All India Consultation on “Current Challenges to Democracy, Secularism and Fundamental Rights”

The 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 3th March 2012 for a day at the J.P. Naik Bhavan, Kalina University Campus in Mumbai. The Concept Note for the Consultation is attached.
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 are identified for discussion during the consultation:
1. Women Human Rights Defenders 2. Progress on economic, physical and legal security of minorities 3. Security forces and the need for accountability 4. Gender Repression
We are in the process of finalizing the list of speakers and discussants but would like you to save this date in advance so that we can benefit from your insightful inputs. Further details about the programme and arrangements will follow.
We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussions. Entry is free but registration by email is required.
In Solidarity,
Nasreen Mohammed Saumya Uma Vahida Nainar Varsha Berry Dr. Vibhuti Patel
Encl: Consultation Concept Note __._,_ CONCEPT NOTE WRAG.pdf

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