National Women’s Summit with a theme “Women’s Development to Women-Led Development” -Feb 18

Hyderabad, January 12, 2018…… Well known spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; Union Minister for Railways and Coal-Piyush Goyal; well known Supreme Court Advocate and BJP National Spokesperson and MP from high profile New Delhi Constituency—Menakshi Lekhi; first women Parliament from Telangana Kalvkunta Kavitha and former Union Minister D. Purandeswari , B. Dattatreya, MP and others will grace a first of its kind and high profile National Women’s Summit to be held in Hyderabad at Shilpakalavedika in Madhapur from February 1 to 3. More than 2000 women delegates from across India are expected to take part and deliberate in the Summit. The theme of the summit is very refreshing “Women’s Development to Women-Led Development.”

The Summit is by far the biggest ever held one in therecent past in the city in terms of the profile of the guests, speakers, andnumber of attendees.  rganised by Pragna Bharat, a famous NGO known forprominent think-tank of India and a pioneering intellectual movement, severaleminent speakers of great reputation and achievement will be the key notespeakers.


The Summit brings together professionals of diversebackgrounds and experiences with a common desire to bring in a change in thesocietal mindset by creating an interactive forum for dialogue and insight ontrends and topics that directly influence and affect women. The speakers include Shazia Ilmi, a social activist,and politician, former television journalist and anchor at Star News and thespokesperson for India Against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare.


Missile Scientist and Project Director for Agni-IVMissile in Defence Research and Development Organisation who has thedistinction of being the first woman scientist to head a missile project inIndia, Tessy Thomas is the other speaker.  She is known as the“Missile Woman of India” is the other keynote speaker.  Madhu Kishwar, A renowned Journalist and SocialActivist and a professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societieswill also take part and address the gathering. 


The other speakers include Sangita Reddy, Joint MD ofApollo Hospitals Group; Shefali Vaidya, Freelance Writer and Columnist; SonalMansingh, Padmabhushan Awardee and Leading Exponent of Odissa Dance; ChitraMadhavan, Renowned Historian; Shamika Ravi, Member of Economic Advisory Councilof India; Rekha Pande, Prof at Dept of Women Studies, University of Hyderabad;Uma Devaguptapu, Director-HR, Asia-Pac & MEA at Signode Industrial Group;Ananda Shankar Jayant, Padma Shri Awardee and Leading Exponent of Bharatanatyam;Anuradha Goyal, Renowned Travelloger and others. 


The six main subjects of the Summit includeIndustrialization and Women; Women-Led Development; Women and EmploymentOpportunities; Women in Leadership; Their Rights and What WomenDeserve.  These are the main focus areas. 


Parallel to the Summit, a Trade Fair will beheld.  On the eve of the summit, a Short Film Competition, PosterCompetition is also being held. The Summit will have panel discussions, concurrentsessions, expert talks and cultural events. 


India ranks 120th among 131 nations in womenworkforce, says World Bank report. It said the country had one of the lowestfemale participation in the workforce. This slow yet progressive involvement ofwomen in the economic growth of the nation by their rising numbers in theworkforce is now propelling a paradigm shift in the society in general and withthe Government in particular. Progressive and sustainable economic empowermentof women is now demanding higher legal, social, political and economic thoughtto truly empower women to be an equal and important participant of their growthas well as the growth of the society. The insights and analysis presented inthis conference will provide a critical cornerstone for deliberations and willfurther the process to refine the building blocks for an implementationframework to anchor the women’s development agenda for India.


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