Asian Women's Resource Centre

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Networking

Vol 19 2014
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The Coordinator has started some networking initiatives and in this regard has made initial contact with units like Henry Martyn Institute (HMI), an International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

19 July 2014 – Coordinator participated in a one-day workshop on “A Comparative Study of the Identity & Social Distinctions among Indian Christians at home & in the Diaspora” (Sponsored by the International Connections Committee, American Academy of Religion), at Inter-Church Services Association (ICSA), Egmore, Chennai.

AWRC Coordinator was moderator and facilitator for the session on “Grounds for Identity & Relationality & Repositioning Indian Christian Forms of Life”. 35 participants attended.

16-18 December 2014 – Coordinator participated in a closed meeting jointly organized by India Peace Centre, Nagpur and Diaconal Concerns of Church of South India (CSI): “Peace Conclave: Called to be Peacemakers” Venue: CSI Centre, Chennai. About 35 people from different NGOs all over India attended.

Reaching out to Women’s Studies Centers in India

In November 2014, AWRC drew up a list of Women’s Studies Centers in India to network with. This included secular as well as theological/ religious/ecumenical institutions.

Through mailers/brochures and personal letters/calls we reached out to:

  • 32 Women’s Studies Centers/Women’s Studies Departments all over India;
  • 11 Women’s Studies Centers within Tamil Nadu and
  • 11 Indian Ecumenical organisations in India.

We introduced our purpose and focus of work and extended an invitation and opportunity to all the Centers to collaborate with us on joint programs related to women’s issues, women’s rights, justice issues related to women and law/women and work, women and religious issues, and women’s studies or gender studies in general. Some of these Centers have responded positively and specific plans will be worked out after detailed discussion with these Centers.