Call for papers: International Conference on Gender Equality for a Better World – Issues & Challenges (Online)

Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University( U.P., India) in collaboration with Ministry of HRD, Department of Higher Education and UGC India invites papers for an Online International Conference to be held on 19th and 20th August 2020.

Concept note 

Gender inequality is the persistent practice of treating persons differently by measuring them to the male as ideal human being. They are women and all others shuffling at different points of the Gender spectrum, by the name of gender queers and LGBTs. Woman as the immediate partner or counterpart of man has suffered inequality to the level of being institutionalized by the practice, it has been looked upon as a natural activity. As a result, man has been enjoying many visible and invisible privileges over and above woman that have harmed not only women but the entire society to an inconceivable extent. One realizes how this irrational subordination and inequality of women has caused the chief hindrance to the very human improvement. 

Women have long been martyrs to a fragile and genteel femininity, deprived as children and young girls in nourishment, care, education to experience, doing with cruel anomalies in married lives or living under the threat of isolation if not married. Institutionalized motherhood has degraded female talents and ghettoized them to a gendered life for generations. Sexual harassment has been a perpetual method of resisting gender equality in all spheres, within or without home. The gender queer persons have to struggle not only for equality but almost for every right. They have been facing discrimination in absurd and inhuman ways. 

Today as we look around, we do see women shining and rising above odds but it has not yet achieved that natural state.

Today as we look around, we do see women shining and rising above odds but it has not yet achieved that natural state. Persons of other gender have succeeded and helped society improve wherever they have been treated fairly. Women today are working more, living more the way they want to but enjoying life less, getting higher level of stress than ever. The gendered politics of housework and childcare do not change, most of her labor go unnoticed and unappreciated. With unequal division of work -tasks performed by men and other genders are valued differently – paid differently. Universally, gender difference has been the common way of looking at gender inequality. Thus, discoursing about gender is speaking about not simply difference but hierarchy, power and inequality. We have witnessed how gender matters far less than opportunity when it concerns success and benefit to the society – possibilities for advancement are greater when a person gets proper education, training and space – being from any gender, not only man! 

The fact is gender inequality can go, not by paving the gender differences, but by taking gender inequality away from our minds, behavior and practices. We have to resist this culture which puts limits on masculine, feminine and other genders, framing each in reductive images. The present conference will make an effort to go beyond academic feminism and look at the ways by which gender equality becomes a possibility. 

We have to resist this culture which puts limits on masculine, feminine and other genders, framing each in reductive images.

Let us never forget that majority of constitutions across the world have promised gender equality as a human right, but hardly few have achieved it. Let us remember that democracy is incomplete without equality of gender. 

Research papers with insight are invited for but not limited to the following areas: 

• Politics of Gender : Past, present and the possible 

• The tyranny of gender stereotyping 

• Masculinity as a challenge 

• Family as a site of discrimination / justice 

• Workplace as a gendered space 

• Gender, Health and Mental health 

• Gendered violence 

• Gender and Disability 

• Gender and Law 

• Gender and Economy 

• Gender and Leadership 

• Gender and Education 

• Gender and Religion 

• Gender and Media 

• Gender and Language 

• Gender and Literature 

• Gender and Culture 

Any one who can do justice to any of the above topics is welcome to apply. Especially people who have the field experience from Law, science research or other areas.

Please send an email to Prof. Nazia Hasan on for all communication. Submit your abstract with brief-bio on or before 30th July, 2020. Any intimation of selection or rejection for presentation will be sent by 6th August, 2020.

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