EUSL has organized ISGEE 2017 with the support of UNESCO for the implementation of Gender Equity and Equality (GEE) in the Universities, the Community and the Nation as a whole. The theme was initiated by the EUSL in 2015 with the International Conference on Sexual and Gender based Violence (ICSGBV) with the support of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). ISGEE 2017 brings the myths underlying the concept of gender equity and equality and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), which pave a pathway forward in national level implementation and policy formation.
“Gender has become a term of the modern age. Gender Equity & Equality (GEE) are taken as significant measures in the development or the grading of any institute. Eastern University has it’s GEE policy and remains committed to it”
(Prof T Jayasingam, Vice-Chancellor, EUSL)
The symposium hosted with national and international participants at the EUSL on November 30, 2017. Dr Julaikha Bente Hossain invited as the Chief Guest who is working as an Affiliated Faculty and Senior Research Specialist in Gender and Development Studies program under the School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. She delivered the address on “Why So Few: A Comparative Study of Women in Engineering Education and Employment in Bangladesh and Thailand”.
“…the concerted efforts by the government that are necessary in increasing the female’s participation in engineering education and employment, organizations should develop their own equal opportunity guidelines and policies to provide women with a suitable job and ensure that they remain employed”
(Julaikha Bente Hossain)
Ms T M Sriyani Perera invited as the keynote speaker who is an International Development Consultant and Gender expert with extensive work experience in Asia and Africa. She delivered the address on "Linking Policy and Practice towards Gender Equality".
…the policy arena in Sri Lanka is very extensive, comprehensive and has incorporated the international commitments. Almost all development sectors have sound policies and national action plans to guide the planning decisions. However, not all policies have incorporated gender mainstreaming strategies and there are marked gaps between policy and practice”
(TM Sriyani Perera)
ISGEE 2017 addressed by delegates from around the world gathering to share experiences and thoughts in their own spheres of study and life. We received research articles around the world and reveiwed by experts from national and international universities, intitutes and international forums.