Rewriting the Narrative: Language, Law, and Gender Equality

25/09/2023 - 25/09/2023

Rewriting the Narrative: Language, Law, and Gender Equality

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The Supreme Court of India has made a significant step towards achieving equal rights for all by issuing recommendations to address detrimental gender stereotypes that support differences. The Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes lays forth a set of dos and don'ts for judicial decision-making and writing, which assists judges in recognizing language that promotes outdated and "incorrect ideas," about women in particular, and provides substitute terms and phrases.

Hosted by the Ashank Desai Centre for Leadership and Organisational Development (ADCLOD), IIM Ahmedabad

As part of Leadership Deep Dives, the centre is delighted to present to a panel discussion on the topic of 'Rewriting the Narrative: Language, Law, and Gender Equality' in conversation with Richa Singh  (VP HR - D&I and CSR, Max Life Insurence), Prof. Pritam Baruah (Dean, School of Law, BML, Munjal University, Prof. Rachna Chaudhary, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, New Delhi & Prof. Pritha Dev, Faculty IIM Ahmedabad. This panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Namrata Chindarakar, Faculty IIMA. 

Date: 25 Sept 2023, 5:00-6:30 pm.
Venue: Audi 2 KLMDC IIM Main Campus

About The Speakers 

Prof. Rachna Chaudhary
Prof. Rachna Chaudhary’s disciplinary training is in Political Science and her doctoral work is in the area of feminist jurisprudence and criminology. Most of her research engages with the intersections of law and feminism. Her other research interests include Masculinity Studies, Gender and Work, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently working on a project on Women in Police with focus upon Delhi Police. She is a co-convenor of the Indian Feminist Judgments Project, with two other colleagues, Ms. Jhuma Sen and Dr. Aparna Chandra. She has been a Gender Studies faculty at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi since 2010.

Ms. Richa Singh
Richa Singh is the Head of DEI and CSR at Max Life Insurance. She has an experience of more than 20 years in Learning and Development in the Hospitality industry, along with extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and CSR. A certified coach and mentor she firmly believes that Inclusion is not only a human rights issue but a business imperative as well. She has been recognized in the Top 20 DEI Leaders in India apart from being in the Global Top 50 Ally Executives by outstanding supported by Yahoo Finance. She is also an SDG Ambassador by SDG Naagrik e- choupal; an initiative by Niti Aayog.

Prof. Pritam Baruah
Prof. Pritam Baruah is a legal philosopher and constitutional theorist. His current research investigates how constitutional courts employ moral and political values in decision-making. He is currently the Dean of the School of Law at BML Munjal University and has previously held positions at OP Jindal University and the National University of Juridical Sciences. He has held visiting and teaching positions at CUPL (Beijing), University of Ottawa, NLSIU Bangalore, Humboldt University Berlin, and University College London. Prior to joining academia, he practiced law at the Supreme Court of India. He holds a PhD. from University College London, masters from the University of Oxford, and an undergraduate degree from NALSAR Hyderabad.

Prof. Pritha Dev
Pritha Dev is an Associate Professor in the Economics area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. She was the founding Chairperson of the Gender Center at IIMA. She was earlier the Chairperson of the Committee for Managing Gender Issues (the internal complaints committee for sexual harassment at IIMA). Before joining IIMA, she worked as faculty at the Business School of the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City, Mexico.
Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of gender game theory, economics of networks, and experimental economics. Within gender, her work focuses particularly on issues related to sexual harassment, gender based violence and health. Her work has been published in the leading economics journals and presented at leading international conferences. She has been one of the co-organizers of the Network Science in Economics and Finance conference series at IIMA. She has worked with the Niti Ayog on a project related to price predation in two-sided markets. She has also worked on a project funded by the NHRC, which dealt with sexual harassment of low-wage workers. She is currently working on a project with the NCW on women’s safety in cities. 

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