Live conference: New Delhi, Cairo & Munich World Wide: Work

Sunday, 30 March 2014, 14:30

Library, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

World Wide: Work is a global discussion series connecting diverse cities and cultures examining questions to do with work under the topics Work Without A Homeland? and What Is Humanised Labour? The third in this series of debates Men´s Work, Women´s, Work? will connect three cities and several protagonists simultaneously in Munich, Cairo and New Delhi.

We will be joined in Cairo by Amira Sayed El Ahl (moderator), Shereen Abou El Naga, and Karam Youssef and by Geraldine de Bastion (moderator), Barbara Vinken and Meredith Haaf in Munich.

Job descriptions, division of labour and gender roles influence each other. Men's and women's occupations and with them gender roles in society and the family are undergoing a global process of transformation. For women, going to work, crossing the threshold, often also entails questioning discriminatory role relations. What effects is women's employment having on social cohesion in our societies? Has the social status of women changed along with the political upheavals in Egypt and the mass protests in Delhi? How is the traditional division of roles in connection with housework and paid labour? In what ways is women's employment bound up with social recognition?

The global discussion series WORLD WIDE : WORK connects eight world metropolises with diverse work cultures via live streaming, thereby opening our eyes to the views of others and a global debate unfolds – with many voices and languages – that points beyond national discourses.

Modern human beings seek to generate themselves through work, but both the object and the conditions of work are changing fundamentally. Under the banner of a global economy, an immense amount of temporal and geographical flexibility and mobility are being demanded of people today.

What makes work valuable and how do other cultures conceive performance and success? What meaning does work have in our society, and what does it mean to lose it? How is this depicted in other countries and what are the consequences for the work world in these countries?

Experts and audiences will debate these issues in Munich, Cairo and New Delhi. Short films offer an insight into personal life stories and the realities of work in the participating countries.

Local Moderator
Subhalakshmi Nandi, Programme Specialist, Women's Economic Empowerment at UN Women leads the women’s economic empowerment programme for UN Women in Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, with a focus on strengthening gendered approaches to policy and programme on rural livelihoods and employment. She has over a decade of experience working with grassroots women’s organisations in India, in tribal areas of Gujarat and in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Her work has been on organising for women’s right to livelihoods, including gender perspectives in social protection, bringing attention to women’s economic identities as workers and farmers, and working on women’s education and literacy. She has researched and published papers nationally and internationally on the issue of Self Help Groups (SHGs), microcredit and women’s empowerment. She has moderated a national level platform on ‘SHGs, Gender and Equity’ and has been an active member of various campaigns and alliances in India such as the Right to Food campaign, and the Citizens’ Collective against Sexual Assault. She has a keen interest in deepening the understanding of the linkages between increasing violence against women and the macroeconomic paradigms, and addressing it through research, policy advocacy and action.

Local Panelists
Reena Nath, Psychologist and Family Therapist practices in Delhi. Her areas of interest are systemic psychotherapy, psychoanalytical family therapy, cross-cultural work, multi-generational family therapy, and child-focused interventions. Reena Nath is a qualified trainer of systemic family therapy. She was an issue editor for the Contemporary Family Therapy, an International Journal, (September 2005), on 'Treating Indian Families in India and around the World'. Her practice is multi-cultural and cross-cultural with a focus on people’s lives including their work and environmental conditions. She addresses issues of gender, alternative sexualities, marginalized persons, differently-abled and social justice.

Dr. Saif Mahmood, litigating and corporate attorney, is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court and frequently appears before various Indian Courts and international and domestic arbitral tribunals. He is Managing Partner of the New Delhi-based law firm, Amicus Juris Lawyers. He holds a doctorate in Constitutional Law with specialization in Legal Systems of South Asian countries and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva. Dr. Mahmood's academic interests lie in Constitutional Law, Human Rights & Civil Liberties, South Asian Regional Cooperation in Law, Religion & Law and Literature & Law. Co-author of “Muslim Law in India & Abroad” (New Delhi, 2012), he has widely written on subjects of his academic interest and legal practice, has handled a wide variety of cases before all levels of courts and quasi-judicial fora in the country, has advised major corporate blue-chips, public sector entities and non-governmental organizations. He is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Asia Pacific Jurist Association (APJA), Secretary General of the Global Legal and Economic Development Council (GLEDCON) and the Society for Consensual Dispute Resolution (SCDR) and Member of the Advisory Board of the Bahrain-based Manama Centre for Human Rights.