Symposium on girls at margin 23 24 nov 2012


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Vacha Resource Centre

Regd. Off.: 5 Bhavna, S. V. Rd, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400 056. Tel. 022-2671 3469
Project Off. : Municipal School, Tank Lane, Santacruz, Mumbai - 400054. Tel: 022-2605 5523 ,

Dear friends,
Warm greetings from Vacha.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to a symposium on Girls and Girlhoods titled Girls at Margins –Questioning Constraints, Claiming Future to be held on November 23-24 in Mumbai. The symposium will start with the release of our publication Rights of Adolescent Girls in India : A Critical Look at Laws and Policies by Saumya Uma.
All of us are deeply concerned about many disturbing aspects of girls' lives, beyond the alarmingly adverse sex ratio for girls and women. Since gender is an overarching category, there are many layers of girls' marginalisation. Vacha is organizing this symposium to raise issues affecting girlhood in India and to share experiences of some of the groups actively working for girls' empowerment. Your participation will enrich the deliberations and contribute towards creation of useful knowledge and greater understanding of girls’ realities. It will also help us in formulating and responding to strategies adopted by the government as well as by non-government organisations for raising the status of girls in India and facilitating girls' own agency in their empowerment. Apart from scholars and activists, girls from various backgrounds will also participate in sessions and in foyer events.
Vacha was established in 1987 and has been active on girls' issues through programmes of empowerment and creation of resources.

We do hope you will accept the invitation and enrich the discussions with your inputs. Please inform us asap about your participation as this is essential for logistics.

The symposium is at:
YMCA, Nathalal Street, Opp. Sakshi Art Gallery, Colaba, Mumbai 5
Sessions will start from 9-30 a.m.
Warm regards,

Vibhuti Patel, Sonal Shukla with Vacha Team

RSVP: Email / 9833476857 / 9821870625

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Symposium on girls at margin 23 24 nov 2012

  1. 1. Vacha announces its latest publication Rights of Adolescent Girls in India : A Critical Look at Laws and Policies by Saumya Uma, Gender, Human Rights and Law Consultant .The book critically examines laws, policies and international conventions asthey affect girls in India.The book will be released at 9-30 a.m. at the inaugural session of thesymposium titled ‘Girls at Margins- Questioning Constraints, Claiming Future’on November 23, 2012 at Y.M.C.A, Colaba. Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Chairperson,W omen Power Connect will be Chief Guest and will release the book. Ms.Nandita Das, actor, film maker and former chairperson of Children’s FilmSociety will be present be the Guest of Honour. The author Saumya Uma willspeak about girls rights as human rights and about the book.Publication of Rights of Adolescent Girls in India : A Critical Look at Laws andPolicies has emerged out of Vacha’s concerns and work on girls’ issuesfocusing on the formative years in the second decade of women’s life.The symposium is organized in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Wewarmly invite you to be present at the book release function and for thesymposium to follow on November 23 – 24. Please do confirm yourparticipation as that will be necessary for logistics. A note on the symposiumwith invite is attached with this. Looking forward to your participation and confirmation, Vibhuti Patel and Sonal Shukla with Vacha Team