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Panel Discussion – Unleashing the Potential of Women in Sports

Unleashing the potential

Date: Tuesday, 1st August, 2017, 7:00 PM
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

It has been close to a year since the woman duo of PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik returned home as the only saving grace of what people would believe was a dismal Olympic performance.

However, what we gained was a mini ‘shift in perception’ in the eyes of the sports fraternity and following in the country- that the “Chake de” moment may be real. Furthermore, the global success of the Indian Women’s Cricket team, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and Dipa Karmakar has proved that women sports in the country needs to be taken seriously.

While there is a cogent argument for investing in Women’s sports, ancillary issues arise when we look at unleashing the potential of Women in Sports. For instance, have we utilized the efforts made by our women athletes to break gender stereotypes and push girls to actively pick up sports? Despite their herculean efforts to prove themselves, have we raised our voices against the gender imbalances, in numbers, social attitudes and the resources allocated to
them? Or despite such strong role models have we failed to foreground women in India once

Or despite such strong role models have we failed to foreground women in India once again? Have we, for instance, lost the momentum to defeat the patriarchal mindset that prevents the girl child from recognizing her own potential and demur from being unapologetically competitive and ambitious?

The subtle ways in which gender discrimination prevails and shackles our women sports persons, holding back achievers, is the substance of this panel discussion that Kri Foundation presents, in which women sportspersons, activists, facilitators, nurturers and stakeholders share their stories, experiences and determination to come through.

The Panel Discussion “Unleashing the Potential of Women in Sports”, marks the Foundation’s entry into its 15th year of service to the community, and the first outreach in the sports sector. The Panelists for the Discussion are Rekha Yadav (Director Sports, Ministry of Railways & Secretary, Railway Sports Promotion Board), Dr. Jagmati Sangwan (Women’s activist and Asian Volleyball Championship medalist), Dr. Sunita Godara (1992 Asian Marathon
Champion), Meenakshi Pahuja (International Open Water Swimmer & Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University) and Dr. Payoshni Mitra (Activist, Gender issues in Sports and Project Director of the Research Project on Sport, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination on the basis of Sexual orientation, Gender Identity and/or Intersexuality at the School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University ).


Unleashing the potential


The discussion will be moderated by Adil Sethi (Former Sportsperson, Founder Bia Sport & Trustee, Kri Foundation)
The panel discussion will be preceded by the launch of “The Winning Attitude”, an online video based initiative that captures psychological aspects of eminent personalities in the sports field, who have striven towards breaking barriers that seemed impossible, by showcasing their real life stories, experiences and inspirations. The series, created out of a felt need by sixteen-year-old national level swimmer Zoya Singh, aims at creating a space in the digital medium to nurture a winning mentality for young sportspersons. This initiative is partnered by Follow Your
Sport, Filmworks and BiASport.

The first motivator of the series, Karamjyoti Dalal, World Para Athletics Championship Bronze medalist and double Para-Asian Games Medalist, will be present to personally launch the initiative.


Karamjyoti Dalal

For more information contact: arshiyasethi@gmail.com, adil@biasport.in; +91-9899798747.

You may also register for the event on Facebook.

Note: Kri Foundation was set up as an act of thanksgiving by twice Fulbright Alumna, Dr. Arshiya Sethi, in August 2003. Kri Foundation was set up with a clearly defined mission and vision- to leave the world a better place and do something everyday towards it, in the core areas of Arts, Knowledge and Social issues. This is Kri Foundations first effort in the field of Sports, initiated by its newest and youngest trustee- Adil Sethi

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