SHILLONG: Martin Luther Christian University on Saturday released its first ever in a house-published book titled Waiting for an Equal World: Gender in India’s North East. The book is an anthology of journalist Patricia Mukhim’s articles and editorials written in newspapers, magazines, and papers presented at academic and professional meetings. The book is for social activists, political scientists, community-centered academicians and all those who have a concern for gender equality.
The book was released by Dr Govind Kelkar, senior adviser, Landesa.
The release of the book was followed by a panel discussion on “Unlearning Gender Roles: Striving towards an Equal Society.” The panel comprised of Dr Govind Kelkar, Patricia Mukhim, journalist Sanjoy Hazarika, Sukalpa Bhatthacharya of the Department of English, NEHU, social activist Toki Blah, Karen Donoghue of the Department of Journalism, NEHU and Jennifer War of Centre for Gender Studies, MLCU. Many essential points emerged in the discussion, some of them being the urgent need for more representation of women in key arenas and agencies like the police force whereby more transparency and accountability can be assured with the inclusion of women. A need was also felt of more empowerment of women as most often, a matrilineal system is not empowering enough.
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