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Covid-19 demands that we care for each other but is caring only a woman’s job or can it be redistributed? There is an opportunity for social change in gender roles, during this great ‘pause’ when everyone is in lockdown and life as we know it, is changing. This conversation will highlight how women take on roles, whether they are migrants, entrepreneurs, or homemakers. It also talks about whether and how norms can be reset.
Dr. Narayan is the author of the ground-breaking book, Chup: Breaking The Silence About India’s Women and the founder of Chup Circles. She was the Senior Adviser at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and wrote the influential series Voices of the Poor. She has written 17 books and is the recipient of many awards, including being named as one of the 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in the USA and as one of India’s 35 Great Thinkers by India Today. Dr. Narayan spent many years living in village communities in Africa, South and East Asia. This led to her focus on ‘people first.’
She has over 25 years of experience working on policy design to reduce poverty and gender inequality in development. She is a TED speaker, and her recent talk focuses on how to support women in leadership. To watch the Ted Talk click here. She is the founder of Chup Circles, safe spaces for women and men to engage in conversations about their own everyday behaviours that perpetuate gender inequalities, and is currently working on her forthcoming research on men and masculinities.
Other publications by Deepa include the books, Voices of the Poor, Measuring Empowerment, Empowerment and Poverty Reduction, Moving out of Poverty and her article in Vogue. She has also been featured in articles on CNN and the Times of India.
Shoba Narayan is the author of four books and a columnist with Hindustan Times Brunch magazine. She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and culture for many national and international publications. She is the overseas correspondent for Radio New Zealand. She has taught at IIM-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science. Besides writing, she watches birds, quaffs wine, and enjoys gadgets. Her lifelong mission is to get fit without exercising and lose weight without dieting.