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February 26 @ 9:00 am - February 27 @ 11:30 am




Free + Paid for Rs 2,500 + GST

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The School of Policy and Governance is excited to announce our next Executive Education on Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and Post-Pandemic Environment.
Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and Post-Pandemic Environment, 26 Feb 2021, Location: Online.

Program Overview

COVID-19 has highlighted the gaps that exist in India from a gender perspective across a number of policy frameworks, including the following key areas:

  • Economic structures and women
  • Domestic violence and enforcement
  • Underlying structural and systematic challenges with respect to the advancement of women and
  • Mental health.

The pandemic has also highlighted the many opportunities that have presented themselves because of these gaps. They include the positive responses of civil society outside of government or law or policy.

This program will explore the gaps and opportunities within the policy framework across these themes, and will look at how policy can translate into gender responsive and inclusive governance processes and service delivery.


  1. To provide knowledge on the gaps and challenges that exist in India from the perspective of gender and considering the impact that COVID-19 has had from a gender perspective on various policy frameworks.
  2. To understand how policy can translate into gender responsive and inclusive governance processes and service delivery.
  3. To learn about the positive responses of civil society (outside of government) in the context of the impact of COVID-19 in India.


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Breadth Of Coverage


Receive an overview of gender governance from practitioners on the ground, understand relevant laws and policies, as well as identify gaps that need to be addressed.

Workshop oriented


Workshops and Case Studies will help you improve your understanding of gender governance with real examples and engagement in content.

Diverse Participation


Women and men, professionals, students as well as those passionate about gender policy and governance can take part in this program.


Spurthi Kolipaka

Spurthi Kolipaka

Spurthi Kolipaka is an engineer-turned-social worker. After graduating from TISS Mumbai, she spent a year volunteering and interning across rural India to understand governance at different levels. She is a full-time WASH consultant and works on the intersections of WASH and gender. She is also the lead campaign strategist at #WomComMatters, a citizen movement dedicated to civic awareness in holding the Government accountable towards women’s representation, participation and safety. She co-founded ‘Awaaz-e-Telangana’ fellowship to equip passionate citizens with tools and networks to influence policy and public narrative.

Dr Keerthi Bolineni

Dr Keerthi Bollineni

Dr Keerthi Bollineni, Change Maker and President Vasavya Mahila Mandali, a Gandhian non profit secular organisation www.vasavya.org She is FEMTalk speaker of UN Women. She is a Social Development Professional and survivor turned motivator for many victims of violence. Her life is dedicated for brining dignity and respect for women #NoSilenceForViolence



Almas is a Professional Speaker, Transformational Coach and Changemaker. Has trained and coached over 35000 people on Leadership, Communication and Mental Health. Author of an upcoming book on 11 Indian Women Changemakers . Changemaker who works on Gender Stereotyping and has a Podcast called Beyond Cliche to create awareness on this subject.She has done a lot of work in the mental health space including trauma survivors in prison and sex traffic victims.

Pranaj Manjari

Pranay Manjari

Pranay manjari leads CSR division of an architectural design consultancy company. She has been working in the space of elementary education for the last ten years. She had studied Construction Management and also M.A.in Education from Azim Premji University. She is a campaigner at She Creates Change on the rights of married daughters to take care of their parents. She is also a documentary film maker and an aspiring politician.

9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Program

9:15 am

Engendering governance: Role of self and institutions in tackling violence against women

  • Introduction to gender and governance
  • Role of public institutions
  • Role of Women’s Commission
  • Understanding role of self in maintaining the relevance of these institutions
References to policies made without including women (pads GST, surrogacy, Trans bill, kalyanalaxmi)
References to different State women’s commissions
References to data on violence against women in different States vis-a-vis budget allocation/ expenditure
Understanding the process of engendering governance.

10:15 am

Domestic Violence: A shadow pandemic in COVID-19: Civil society responses with
stakeholder engagement.

To understand domestic violence and COVID-19 contributed to a significant increase in
domestic violence and how the government, service providers and other stakeholders responded
to this phenomenon, and to consider the gaps emerging in policy as a result. The session will also
consider innovative initiatives and policy implementation by civil society stakeholders
(outside of government) with short term and long term impact.

11:30 am

End of Day 1

9:00 am

Impact of Covid on Women’s Mental health
To understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health of women. With
increasing domestic chores and domestic violence on the rise, several women have gone through
trauma confined within their homes. Women are expected to manage the emotional needs of
members at home and have suppressed their own needs even further. Several women have
been subjected to emotional, physical and sexual abuse and they have not had adequate
government support or the agency to help themselves. This session will also focus on measures
taken in this space by the government and the gaps around it ; it will also consider more
agency is required to support women with their mental health issues.

10:15 am

Women's representation and its importance to establish gender equity and justice

  • Creating an understanding of the failure of policies and institutions in protecting women's
    physical safety and their constitutional/ human rights
  • A look at the data showing the representation of women in politics - PRI, State and National level
  • Considering existing affirmative action measures, including women's reservation at PRI level
  • Understanding the importance of the Women's Reservation bill to establish gender justice and
    equity through the highest governance model by ensuring women are visible in Parliament
    and state Assemblies.
References to policies:
  • 73rd amendment and it's impact on gender justice
  • Women Reservation bill and it's necessity
  • Pre-reads like 73rd amendment and WRB, Data of women's Representation at State and
    National level Politics
  • Interaction in small groups/breakout zones on different statistics on women in politics
    and discriminatiion women face in general and pandemic situations like the recent COVID-19 one.
    For eg - PPE kit wasn't women friendly and it delayed women nurse to resume COVID duty at
    many places whereas more than 70% health workers in India are women.
  • Presentation: Connecting all the challenges and problems of last three sessions And how fair
    representation of women in highest decision making positions will help in establishing gender justice
    and equity through sharing positive stories of PRI women leaders
  • Reflections by participants

11:30 am

End of Day 2 / Program


Date And Location


February 26 @ 9:00 am - February 27 @ 11:30 am
Location: Online


Free + Paid for Rs 2,500 + GST

Respective link and any reading material for the program will be sent to you the week prior to the program dates.

Workshop oriented


We recommend that participants have an undergraduate degree, but it is not mandatory. Professionals, public servants, and postgraduate students are invited to apply. The application acceptance will depend on the quality of your application. We recommend a high level of English proficiency. Applications will open on 6 Nov and will be accepted until the 25 February 2020.

As there are limited spots available, we encourage you to apply early.



At the end of the program, each participant who pays for the program will receive a certificate of participation provided they attend 75% of the program.


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Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and post-pandemic environment – Free Edition
Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and post-pandemic environment – Free Edition
600 available
Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and post-pandemic environment – Paid Edition
Gender and Governance in COVID-19 and post-pandemic environment – Paid Edition
599 available