Science for women

Print edition : November 04, 2011

Kinkini Dasgupta Misra, scientist, Vigyan Prasar:

VIGYAN PRASAR'S newly constituted Gender & Technology Communication division has devel- oped a gender-sensitive science communication programme to empower communities.

Vigyan Prasar will join hands with identified grass-roots stakeholders and extension workers in the fields of health, agriculture, and so on, and collaborate with government and non-governmental organisations to promote women's development programmes. It will develop information, education and communication materials for various target groups and conduct awareness and training programmes for women.

One of Vigyan Prasar's initial efforts, jointly with the National Science Centre, Delhi, was a two-day national seminar in 2010 in New Delhi on Gender, Technology and Communication. Vigyan Prasar, in partnership with the Institute for Gender Justice and Sudinalay - Centre for Women, New Delhi, organised this year a week-long interactive programme on Women's Health and Empowerment for Prosperity and Social Change on March 8, International Women's Day. Among other efforts, a 13-episode radio serial on Women and Science was produced jointly with the All India Radio and broadcast from 119 radio stations in the country. It was produced in 19 Indian languages.

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