UN Women has recently proposed a partnership with The Gender Park to function as the South Asian hub for gender equality with the aim to share knowledge and experiences from the region. This partnership hopes to further the cause of women empowerment.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the partnership will be signed in the honourable presence of the state’s Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.
The Gender Park, established in 2013, is an autonomous body of the government of Kerala to work towards gender equality and empowerment in the state. Its vision is to create a society where all genders have equal access to opportunities, resources, and benefits with an equal voice in key decision-making that shapes their lives, communities, and the state.
Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish and UN Women Deputy Country Representative Nishtha Satyam will officially sign the MoU at Cliff House, the Chief Minister’s official residence in Thiruvananthapuram on December 21 at 3 pm.
Headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, it drives various projects and programmes on gender equality in the state, including running a gender library, museum, and training centres for sustainable entrepreneurial ventures.
K K Shailaja, Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice and Women and Child Development, will also be present on this occasion, along with Biju Prabhakar IAS, Secretary, Social Justice and Women and Child Development.
According to Shailaja, the cooperation with UN Women would give a renewed push to the Gender Park's efforts by providing support for activities like research, education, and social intervention towards establishing gender equality. She added that the world body's association marks global recognition of Kerala's decades-long efforts in the field of woman empowerment.
Prabhakar said that the UN partnership will boost and broaden the novel activities of the state’s Women and Child Development department through the Gender Park.
Notably, the UN Women Multi-Country Office located in Delhi will support Gender Park to develop it into a South Asia hub for gender related activities. The two parties will set up the Gender Data Centre at the Park’s 24-acre Kozhikode campus that also houses an International Institute for Gender and Development.
Established in 2010, UN Women works with all strata of society to promote gender equality. Its Delhi chapter comprises India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives. The organisation provides advocacy for budget and national planning with a view to empowering women.
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)