THE SOUTH ASIA WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD
SAWC is a two day meet for discussing and finding solutions for women and girls in South Asia by creating a platform for collaboration and women led change by bringing together select U.S. government exchange alumni working on gender equity related themes from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.
About the Conference
Despite noteworthy progress, women and girls in South Asian countries still face persistent and similar constraints in achieving gender equality and empowerment in society, education, and the job market. There are several Department of State exchange alumni in the South Asia region working on a range of women’s issues and supporting change through women’s leadership.
Through workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, and breakout sessions that encourage networking, these alumni will share and develop innovative ideas that will address key gaps for women, including: women’s access to education, employable skills development, job opportunities, women-led entrepreneurship, advancing women’s participation in democratic processes and politics, women’s safety, and women in media. It will also advance the ways to safeguard our people through women’s leadership, reinforce our values by expanding economic opportunities for women, and ensure our prosperity by investing in the obvious yet untapped business development potential of women, who are currently left behind in the South Asian workplace.
As one illustrative example, while nearly 40 percent of privately held firms are owned by women in the United States, only about eight to ten percent of Indian entrepreneurs are women, according to tech industry body NASSCOM. Collaboration among South Asian alumni on this problem will build strength through regional networks.
INSPIRATION AND IMPACT
The conference seeks to bolster and energize the regional network of women on shared strategies for advancing the position of women across South Asia. It will also highlight the role that alumni can play in building bridges and influencing geopolitics. It will also be a step towards Goal No 17 of SDGs that aims at building partnerships for achieving the goals.
The conference will build a strong network of alumni in the South Asian region who will share ideas and build innovative projects that related to women’s leadership, access to education, skills development, job opportunities, women-led entrepreneurship, advancing women’s participation in democratic processes and politics, women’s safety, and their role and representation in media. It will also provide a platform for the alumni to share success stories, best practices and strategize ways to counter challenges.
9.00 AM – 10.30 AM INAUGURAL SESSION
Gender Equality in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
10.30 AM – 11.00 AM TEA
11.00 AM – 12.15 PM SESSION 1
The dimensions of gender inequality: Considering education, politics, economics and climate change.
12.15 PM – 1.30 PM SESSION 2
Transforming gender relations: upscaling collective action in women’s entrepreneurship
1.30 PM – 2.30 PM LUNCH
2.30 PM – 4.00 PM SESSION 3
Driving the gender responsive implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
4.00 – 5.00 PM VISIT OF KIIT & KISS
7.00 PM ONWARDS CULTURAL PROGRAMME FOLLOWED BY DINNER
9.00 AM – 10.30 AM SESSION 4
Gender politics and public policy making: prospects for advancing gender equality
10.30 AM – 11.00 AM TEA
11.00 AM – 12.30 PM SESSION 5
Powerful synergies: gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability
12.30 PM – 1.30 PM BRIEFING & VALEDICTORY
1.30 PM ONWARDS LUNCH FOLLOWED BY TOUR