The Gender Park in Kozhikode, Kerala, will open next month. The park will be opened on the occasion of the Second International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE-II).
♦ The park will be unveiled by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan from February 11th to 13th, which also marks the unveiling of the second edition of ICGE-II.
♦ On this occasion, the foundation of the International Women’s Trade and Research Center (IWTRC) will also be laid.
♦ IWTRC will be established, the purpose of which is to provide a safe and sustainable ecosystem for women entrepreneurs. It will also provide women with space to sell products.
♦ ICGE is an initiative of Gender Park. The second edition of the conference will be unveiled, with the aim of exploring measures to increase the economic potential of women and transgender people. This will help them become sustainable entrepreneurs.
♦ The Conference is organized under the theme is: “Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Gender Issues in Social Business: The Mediating Role of Empowerment”. The Conference event will be organized in cooperation with UN Women.
♦ The Kerala government established a gender park in 2013. This is an initiative aimed at promoting gender equality and empowerment in Kerala. The headquarters of the project is located in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. However, the main campus is located in Silver Mountain in Kozhikode. The campus covers an area of 24 acres.
♦ The main focus of the park is gender justice. The platform will provide an environment for policy analysis, research, capacity development, advocacy, economic and social initiatives. The park will operate under the Ministry of Social Justice. This space is the world’s first of its kind.
♦ The purpose of establishing a gender park is to create relevant interventions to solve a series of gender-based issues. It includes off-campus and on-campus activities as well as other projects aimed at enhancing personal and community capabilities.