Bangalore International Centre, had arranged a Book Reading of “Engaging with Empowerment” authored by Mrs.SrilathaBatliwala Scholar Associate, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)on 13th March, 2014 at 6.30 PM. The discussion was presided and moderated by Ms.Ammu Joseph, Independent Journalist and Author.
In a thought provoking talk, SrilathaBatliwala, feminist thinker and practitioner, explained how through her writings she has explored the many dimensions of what empowerment means for, and to, women. Looking back on a life lived through commitment to a cause – rather than to an organisation or to a sector – working for it at many levels and locations, she traced the evolution of the concept from the late 1980s till now, unravelling its ambiguities, highlighting insights gained through practice, and analysing how and why it has been depoliticised and reduced by the state and aid agencies.
Along the way, Srilatha traversed key sectors, including education for women, politics outside political system, grassroots movements, energy for sustainable development, and a controversial questioning of a rights-based approach to women’s equality.
Ms.Ammu Joseph with her rich experience in gender issues, transformed the Q & A session into a lively interaction with the audience.