'Life: A Mystical Journey'- A Gathering of 500 Women Leaders To Explore Spirituality
Bengaluru, 19 February,2018: Over 500 accomplished women achievers, artists, policymakers, sportswomen among others will participate in the 8th International Women’s Conference (IWC). Titled, ‘Life: A Mystical Journey,’ the conference will be held at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru between February 23 and 25.
IWChas unique twin goals- individual development and collective action. Itfacilitates partnership-building and leadership development among women leadersglobally.Some of the speakers for this year's conference include Arundhati Bhattacharya,former chairman, State Bank of India; Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder-ChairpersonMann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation,
RaniMukherji , Indian Actress, Vandana Shiva, environmentalist, andecologist; Madhoo Shah, actress, MridulaSinha, Governor, Goa, AdrianaMarais, theoretical physicist, head of innovation at SAP Africa; ProfessorMaithreeWickramasinghe, founder director of Center for Gender Studies at theUniversity of Kelaniya.
"Womenare leading peacemakers. They work together towards creating a stress-free,violence-free society. The conference is a message in peace and unity,” sharesBhanumathiNarasimhan, Chairperson, IWC.
Increasingnumber of women are leading from the front in multiple fields. The IWC buildson this trend. It works with women leaders to enhance their impact and gives animpetus to the global advancement of women from all backgrounds. The 2018 conference will explore ways to amplify the message of peace andempowerment, including spiritual tools."The role of women in the development of a society is of utmostimportance. It is the only criterion that determines whether a society isstrong and harmonious," says Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, TheArt of Living, which is one of the conference partners.Since its inception in 2005, the conference has focused on diversity andinclusiveness. Over 375 eminent speakers and 5500 delegates from over 100countries have participated in the conference. The IWC focuses on advancing thestatus of women in fragile and post-conflict states. It also worked withthe World Bank Institute to develop empowerment schemes for women in vulnerablenations and expanded vocational training for widows in Iraq.The IWC also supports The Art of Living’s Gift A Smile project. Over 58,000students study in 435 free schools across 20 Indian states. Encouragingly, girlchildren comprise 48% while 90% are first-generation learners. Promoting girlchild education is the underlined focus area for IWC.This year the focus will also be to create open defecation free districts inIndia. In phase 1, the organization will work towards sensitization andawareness about use of toilets and increasing health and hygiene in theseareas. In Phase II, 4000 toilets will be built. IWC in the past has been associated with pivotal social initiatives likeconstructing homes for the under privileged, creating awareness aboutenvironment and environmental care, movement to stop violence against women,and child and women empowerment through skills training.