Global Finance and Human Security in South Asia: A Gender Perspective

South Asia Regional Autumn School

Global Finance and Human Security in South Asia: A Gender Perspective

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Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, Member of Planning Commission Dr. Syeeda Hameed and LSR-Principal Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath.

1–5 November, 2011 at Lady Sri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, India

Co-organized by: Heinrich Böll Foundation & Lady Sri Ram Collegefor Women

The Department of Economics, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi) in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation is holding a South Asia Regional Autumn School on the theme - Global Finance and Human Security in South Asia: A Gender Perspective. 

The Autumn School will attempt to examine the causes of the recent finance-led global crises and the implications for peoples’ rights and human security. In this context, the deliberations will focus on the status of women in South Asia - a region that suffers from severe poverty and stark gender inequities. 

The growing financialization of the global economy seems to have increased the vulnerabilities and insecurities of marginalized groups in the world at large including in the South Asian region. Some of the issues that the School will discuss and reflect upon are:

  • Causes and nature of global financial crises and the most recent crisis of 2008-09
  • Probable gainers and losers: Gendered repercussions in terms of human security, human rights and human development
  • Compounded disadvantages for women reflecting their greater vulnerabilities
  • Possible contours of a more socially equitable, gender inclusive and resilient global financial architecture

The South Asia Regional Autumn School will be an exciting, non-hierarchical context for dialogue and deliberations on such issues. It will provide an opportunity for scholars, researchers and activists from the countries of the South Asian region to engage with senior academics, experts and policymakers. It is hoped that these interactions will encourage the participating young professionals to seek, through their work and career trajectories, ways to influence policies so as to enhance human development. 

The programme of the School will use multiple formats of lectures, panel discussions and presentations with emphasis on elicitive learning, participant-led discussions and simulations. Additionally, a skill-building workshop will train participants to evaluate policies/projects for sensitivity to gender concerns. A unique opportunity to learn through an innovative pedagogy involving an exchange of ideas between eminent scholars is one of the highlights of the School. An offsite visit to a policy institute in New Delhi will be included in the programme. The School will also create a space for participants to share country level experiences and strategize possible joint initiatives for the future. 

A Report on the Autumn School by Prof. Sunanda Sen

Notes from the HBF and LSR Autumn School 2011 By Almut Büchsel.


Photographs from Autumn School

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