Progressive feminists from four Asian countries are to gather in Dhaka on 7 April to discuss recent developments in the struggle against gender inequalities in their countries. Topics will include the burden of unpaid care work, the role of trade unions amid the increase of informal labour, and maternity rights across the region.
Delegates from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the Philippines are set to attend the event, part of the programme titled Political Feminism in Asia supported by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES).
The programme is an Asia-wide gender-inclusive network of progressive feminists. Though the network, the project aims to identify how existing gender inequalities and power structures that sustain them can be deconstructed, using innovative approaches and alternative methods.
The event on 7 April will be divided into two parts, the first consisting of two presentations, and the second of a video and panel-led discussion.
The first presentation is titled Feminist Perspectives on Care Work, and will be given by Vibhuti Patel, economist and professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
The second presentation is How are trade unions transforming to take informal economy workers including paid care workers into their fold?, by Aliya Hashmi Khan, labour economist and member of the Economic Advisory Council of the prime minister of Pakistan.
Opening the next part of the programme will be the launch of the video Ina, Maa, Ammi - Practices of Maternity Rights in Asia, a short documentary on maternity rights in three Asian countries showcasing working mothers’ and activists’ experiences, struggles and challenges.
The film makers Farhat Parveen from Pakistan, Magnolia del Rosario from the Philippines and Mahmudul H Sumon from Bangladesh will then take part in a discussion panel, under the title Policy, practice and challenges in realizing maternity rights in Asia. Attending panellist include:
The event will take place from 15:00-19:00h on 7 April at the Nordic Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Sonjoy Costa, FES Bangladesh
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