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Addressing Gender Norms Through Education: Developing and Implementing Adolescent Curriculum


January 9, 2015
New Delhi, India

A one day seminar to explore new developments in curriculum development and implementation by state, civil, and the academic community.

Education is crucial to re-orienting gender stereotypes and traditional gender roles.  It has the potential to address gender based discrimination and violence by altering patriarchal and repressive mindsets.  Though there have been many attempts to create educational frameworks that address gender norms a comprehensive nationwide program is yet to be implemented. There is a need for a framework that promotes healthy attitudes about gender and sexual health; empowers young people with accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant information that is accessible and engaging; and develops skills to enable them to respond to situations in a gender sensitive manner. The objective of this seminar is to identify innovative strategies and curricular developments for adolescents.

Key stakeholders and experts from central and state governments, academic institutions, and civil society will discuss current research, public policies, and legal protections in this area. The discussion is intended to lay the ground for an action plan to expand and implement adolescent curriculum, and to monitor and evaluate innovative programs in this area.  Our hope is that by engaging together in this work we will contribute to changing contemporary gender norms in India so as to enhance the opportunity of all young people and protect students from discrimination and violence.

Participation by invitation only. Hosted by Harvard South Asia Institute Gender Violence Project, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University and Population Foundation of India.

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Gender, Civil Society and the State in Contemporary India: Preventive Approaches to Gender Based Violence

Radcliffe Institute Exploratory Seminar

Harvard University
August 26-27, 2014

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Webinar: Tackling Gender Based Violence in South Asia – What Options Do We Have?

November 25, 2013

Jacqueline BhabhaFXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

This discussion explored the grave problem of gender violence on the subcontinent, in its different manifestations, and probed a series of strategies for addressing the problem. Potential policy approaches span a huge spectrum of options, from criminalization and reduction of impunity for perpetrators, to more robust and creative investments in adolescent education, mentorship and peer leadership opportunities.

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Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms Conference 

A Collaboration between Harvard University and Viswanathan and Co. Advocates

July 12 & 13, 2013
India International Center
New Delhi, India

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Gender and Contemporary South Asia

April 25, 2013
South Asia Without Borders Symposium
Harvard University

Abbas Jaffer, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mitakshara Kumari, M.Ed. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Litcy Kurisinkal, MPP Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Jacqueline Bhabha, University Advisor on Human Rights Education; Director of Research FXB Center; Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law; Research Director for the FXB Center, Harvard University

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Sexual Assault & Gender Violence in South Asia: What Can We Learn from the Delhi Rape Incident?

February 20, 2013
Harvard University

Featuring a Student Panel Discussion
Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Harvard College
Abbas Jaffer,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Mariam Chughtai,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Litcy Kurisinkal,
Harvard Kennedy School;
Sabrin Chowdhury,
Harvard Kennedy School
Chair: Jackie Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, University Advisor on Human Rights, University Advisor on Human Rights Education; Director of Research FXB Center Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

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