Venue: Presidency University, Bengaluru, India.


In all societies women’s and men’s role are socially constructed, but all too frequently gender based disparities exist that disadvantage women; this impedes their development and hence that of mankind. For example, women tend to suffer violence at the hands of their intimate partners more often than men; women’s political participation and their representation in decision making structures lag behind men’s; women and men have different economic opportunities; women are over represented among the poor and women and girls make up the majority of the people trafficked and involved in sex trade. It is therefore clear that there are, global patterns to inequality. These issues and others need to be addressed to promote gender equality. Achieving gender equality between men and women will require changes at many levels including changes in attitudes and relationships, changes in institutions and legal frameworks, changes in economic institutions and changes in political decision making structures.

Gender mainstreaming is one strategy that is embraced internationally towards realizing gender equality. It involves integration of a gender perspective into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, regulatory measures and spending programmes with a view to promoting equality between women and men, and combating discrimination. Though gender is used as a catch all term in many contexts, to describe a range of issues in an apolitical way, it is often understood as being only about women’s needs, rather than about the unequal social relationships between women and men that are invested with power. Working for sustainability therefore, presents opportunities to not only acknowledging global inequalities but to contribute to social and gender transformation.


UNMIL Officers Participate in Medal Parade
Women officers of the Formed Police Unit of the Indian contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) participate in a medal parade in their honour. (UN Photo #380742/Christopher Herwig)


The Conference aims to deliberate on the following issues,

  • Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development.
  • Gender Equality, Human Rights and Peace for Sustainable Development.
  • Gender Equality and Health for Sustainable Development
  • Gender Equality and Education for Sustainable Development
  • Gender & Social Sustainability
  • Gender and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development.
  • Cross Cutting Themes on Sustainable Development.
  • Engagement of men in achieving gender equality.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission
    - 31st May 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance
    - 15th June 2018
  • Full Paper Submission
    - 30th June 2018
  • Review Comments
    - 15th July 2018
  • Final Submission
    - 31st July 2018
  • Last Date For Registration For The Conference
    - 20th August 2018

Advisory Committee

  • Prof. Anitha Kurup Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
  • Ms. Archana Aggarwal Senior Manager, Indian National Bar Association, New Delhi.
  • Prof. Malashri Lal Dean, Academic Activities and Projects, University of Delhi
  • Dr Meera Khanna Social Activist & Freelance Writer, New Delhi
  • Prof. Nirupama Prakash Director, Amity Institute of Social Sciences, Noida
  • Dr Ravindra Kumar Sharma Librarian, United Nations Information Centre, New Delhi.
  • Prof. Sarasu Esther Thomas Professor of Law and Co-ordinator, Centre for Women and the Law, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Chief Patron

  • Dr. Nissar Ahmed Chancellor, Presidency University


  • Prof Vijayan Immanuel Pro Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Prof. Radha Padmanabhan Pro Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor, Presidency University
  • Dr. Mrinmoy Biswas Registrar, Presidency University

Key Contacts

Conference Chairperson

Prof. Sapna S.
Dean, School of Law, Presidency University, Bengaluru 560064
Email: [email protected]

Conference Vice-Chairperson

Dr M. Ishwara Bhat
Chief Librarian, Presidency University, Bengaluru 560064
Email: chiefl[email protected]

Secretary General

Dr K. N. Sheshadri
Senior Librarian, Presidency University, Bengaluru 560064
Mobile: +91 7899218877
All correspondence to be sent to:
Email: [email protected]

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Sapna S, Dean, School of Law
  • Ms. Leena George, Asst. Professor
  • Dr. M. Ishwara Bhat, Chief Librarian
  • Mr. Sujith S Surendran, Asst. Professor
  • Prof. Snehaprabha, HOD, EEE Dep
  • Dr. K. N. Sheshadri, Senior Librarian
  • Dr. Anu Sukhdev, Asst. Professor
  • Mr. Sridhar Shinde R, Administrative Officer


International Conference on Gender Equality through the Strategy of Gender Mainstreaming, September 6-7, 2018

Registration is on & Spot Registration will be available during Conference

Registration Fee
(excluding Accommodation)

Faculty Delegates / Working Professionals (India)


Fulltime Students & fulltime Ph.D Scholars (India)


Foreign Delegates


By Demand Draft


By Bank Transfer

Account no. 11890100129874 at FEDERAL BANK,
GANDHINAGAR BRANCH, No. 11, 1st Cross,
Gandhinagar, Bengaluru. PIN 560009.
IFSC: FDRL0001189.

For transfers from outside India, use Swift Code FDRLINBBBG2


The duly filled in registration form along with payment details should reach the Organizing Secretary latest by 20th August  2018.

Experts Quotes

Dr. Meera Khanna
Dr. Meera KhannaWomen's economic agency in poverty reduction is often marginalized in the policy discourse. But poverty is 'gendered' because gender inequality intersects with economic deprivation to produce more acute forms of poverty for women than men. Gender equality must therefore constitute part and parcel of measures to eradicate poverty if India is to achieve the transformative Goals of the SDGs
Prof. Nirupama Prakash, Director, AISS
Prof. Nirupama Prakash It is a pleasure to note that Presidency University in collaboration with UNIC is organizing an International Conference on gender issues. Apart from information –sharing amongst peers, the deliberations would enable youth to gain knowledge in the subject field and develop a deep insight into gender sensitization and women empowerment. The theme of the Conference is relevant to contemporary society focusing on gender neutrality.
Prof. Sarasu Esther Thomas
Prof. Sarasu ThomasThis International Conference organized by the Presidency University in collaboration with UNIC, is a fantastic idea. I think we have too few Conferences which are specifically on gender and very few which bring people from different streams. It’s a really good opportunity for those who are interested in gender. More so for students who should be encouraged by the low fees. They should find a good platform to share their views and ideas. I wish the Conference a great success.
Ms. Shubamangala Sunil
Ms Shubhamangala SunilI would like to wish the Conference a grand success. When it comes to cyber security of women, we know that she becomes the victim without the knowledge of how crimes takes place online. It is wonderful that there is a Conference coming up in September especially for all the women to understand how cybercrime happens on a day to day basis everywhere in offices, colleges, at home etc. So women out there, participate in this Conference to understand the different kinds of cybercrimes happening in this world. Know how you can stay safe in cyber space!
Prof. Malashri Lal
Prof Malashri LalThere is a serious lack of gender inclusivity and gender balance at the top positions in the education sector, where women are underrepresented in leadership roles especially in universities. What is disturbing of this trend is, it can be quite problematic both from the point of social justice as well as the organizational perspective. Importantly, the micro-politics and cultural assumptions that underpin the gender stereotypical practices and procedures – for example, in relation to recruitment and selection – also need to be acknowledged and addressed!
Ms. Archana Aggarwal
Ms. Archana Aggarwal Gender systems are established in different socio-cultural contexts which determine what is expected, allowed and valued in a woman/man and girl/boy in these specific contexts. Gender roles are learned through socialization processes; In utilizing a gender approach the focus is not on individual women and men but on the system which determines gender roles. Increased attention to gender perspectives achieving the goal of gender equality should be the order of the day!
Prof. Sapna S
Prof. Sapna SGender is more than an individual attribute. Its more pervasive effect is at the societal level. We live in an inherently masculinise society of male domination which violates and victimizes women be it in the form of sati, dowry, female infanticide, rape or sexual harassment! Therefore, I believe that women should be able to have a choice and that resource be made available to her to have access to justice on equal terms. Let her "sex" not be the most important reason for her bias, discrimination and unequal treatment.
Prof. Anitha Kurup
img/Dr. Anitha KurupThe constant question is why women are still underrepresented in many workforces. For example in the banking industry, there are still women but, in architecture, there are very few of them. What does the organiztion do to address the gender issues? What are the practices which organizations have which have special focus on women? Engaging men in achieving gender equality is very crucial as both are equal partners in society. It’s good that this conference includes this as a Panel discussion issue.
Dr. R K Sharma, UNIC
Dr R K SharmaGoal No. 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda focuses on Gender Equality and aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women in public and private spheres and to undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources and access to ownership of property. But the UN recognizes that beyond Goal 5, gender is fundamental to delivering the main promise of AGENDA 2030: of leaving no one behind. Because gender equality is a fundamental human right, there is no better path to a more peaceful and prosperous world than the empowerment of women and girls. Considering the importance that women’s participation brings to societies and economies, we need to break the structural barriers that women and girls face – unpaid care work, unequal pay, harmful stereotypes, discrimination and violence. – Dr. R.K. Sharma, UNIC Librarian

Presidency University

The Presidency Group of institutions has a legacy of 40 years in education. The Group constitutes 7 Schools, 3 colleges, and the Presidency University. The Presidency University established under the Government of Karnataka Act No. 41 of 2013 aims to be a world class institution by nurturing talent amongst all those who enter the university portal. Through close nurturing of talent and skills in each individual, it aims to transform the lives of the youth to be successful professionals and citizens. The university has been awarded “Best Emerging University in South India” by ASSOCHAM in 2017 and “University of the Year Award 2018” by EdTech Review. The University's academic programme is designed to foster intellectual vibrancy, academic rigor and community activism in all its three Schools of School of Engineering, School of Management and School of Law.

The University commenced the Degree programmes in 2015. School of Engineering offers BTech programmes in Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. The School of Law offers an Integrated 5-year Honors Bachelor Degree Program in Law in 3 disciplines of B.A., LL.B.[Hons.], BBA.,LL.B.[Hons.], and B.Com., LL.B.[Hons.], with a multi-disciplinary interface. School of Management offers two year MBA programme with specialization in Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Business and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. There is a strong emphasis on industrial orientation in all the programs offered to ensure practical and hands on experience. In addition, the university offers PhD programs in Engineering, Law, Management, Science and Humanities. Currently there are around 3600 students and over 300 staff members. Located in the picturesque campus in the vicinity of Rajanukunte which is a suburb of Bengaluru on the Doddaballapur highway, it has a huge green expanse of 66 acres of sheer architectural beauty.

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