Reaching the unreached: Empowering women through knowledge centres Subbiah Arunachalam Member, ExCom, GKP and Distnguished Fellow M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India 600 113 World Conference of Science Journalists Subbiah Arunachalam, GKP Ambassador 16-20 April 2007, Melbourne, Australia
All of you science journalists try to communicate developments in science through the media – print, broadcast, TV, film, blog – to the lay public. At MSSRF we work very closely with the people. While they could eventually become part of your audience, at the moment their concerns are much more basic. And we use science-based knowledge to help them transform their lives. Also for most of us gender concerns largely mean issues relating to equality for women in education, employment, household responsibilities, participation in political and economic activities and so on. The women I will be talking about have much more basic concerns.
Reaching the unreached: Empowering women through knowledge centres <ul><li>Knowledge is becoming increasingly important. Indeed, the future of food security may depend less on resource-intensive agriculture and more on knowledge intensity, says Prof. M S Swaminathan, architect of India’s Green Revolution. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we ensure that common people obtain the knowledge they need? How do we reach the unreached with knowledge that is relevant to their daily lives, knowledge that can improve their standards of living? </li></ul>
How do we make development inclusive? How do we get rid of poverty and disease? How can we ensure that the benefits of science and technology percolate to the people at the bottom of the pyramid?
Reaching the unreached: Empowering women through knowledge centres <ul><li>We aim at knowledge-based holistic development </li></ul><ul><li>We want to achieve job-led economic growth (in contrast to job-less economic growth). </li></ul><ul><li>We want development to be inclusive and pay special attention to the poor and the marginalized. </li></ul><ul><li>We can achieve our goals only through sharing knowledge and building partnerships. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Said Jawaharlal Nehru “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, of a rich country inhabited by starving people…Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid…the future belongs to science and to those who make friends with science.” </li></ul>
Rural families are ready to subscribe to a cable TV service, even though they are poor. People are ready to adopt technologies if they see some value.
Reaching the unreached: Empowering rural women through knowledge centres THANK YOU