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CSSS organises a Colloquium by Prof. Sigamani Panneer

CSSS organises a Colloquium by Prof. Sigamani Panneer

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cordially invites you to the


07th DECEMBER, 2023 at SSS II,
ROOM 013, 3:00pm-5:00pm


Gender-Based Violence and Humanitarian Crisis: Human rights and development perspectives


Abstract: Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global problem that involves physical, sexual and psychological harm against women. In India, its high prevalence is connected to gender inequalities that are deep-rooted in the imbalance of power relations among gender. The present qualitative empirical study was conducted in the textile industries in Tirupur, an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The research elicited responses on questions corresponding to various forms and types of abuses, causes of abuses, consequences of abuses as well as discussion on the resources available to protect victims, prevent abuse and the barriers to seeking help. The research also sought responses to ways to promote institutional practices that might facilitate appropriate interventions. The study results revealed that the causes of the existence of gender inequalities are associated with themes of: ignorance, poverty, and harmful beliefs related to stereotypical gender expectations. The study results provide recommendations for the reduction of violence against women and teen girls, including interventions to increase protection against GBV. Furthermore, the research highlights the need to safeguard victimized individuals, families and communities, and improve help for protection to protect women and uphold dignity. The findings of the study contribute to a multisectoral approach that addresses justice, health and education for women.


Sigamani Panneer is Professor of Public Policy at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Formerly, he was Dean, School of Behavioural Sciences & Head and Professor Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur. He has been a Visiting Research Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, USA; Visiting Professor, Jishou University, China; Guest Professor, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, China ad Visiting Professor, Department of Management Studies, Sacred Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur. He has authored articles of national and international repute published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd, Sage, Springer Nature, Wiley, Economic and Political Weekly and other Internationally reputed journals. He is recipient of prestigious Raman fellowship (Singh-Obama initiatives) hosted at the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He has conducted research projects funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, University of Minnesota, USA and University Grants Commission (UGC) through United States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF). He has conducted research in various areas relating to climate change, disaster management, new public health management, public private partnerships in healthcare, occupational health and women’s health.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.