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Pushing for Impact: Learning from Policy, Program and Workplace Innovations on Gender Based Violence

December 7, 2021




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Tuesday, December 7th | 5:00 PM (New Delhi)

Every year we at World Bank India lend our solidarity to 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign by celebrating our good work but also pushing ourselves harder to do more on Gender Based Violence. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable as it denies them a life of dignity and self-worth. It also denies them the right to contribute to and benefit fully from the development of their communities and countries. We know that even before the pandemic triggered its own set of gendered impacts, millions of women and girls in India faced violence and according to the National Commission for Women this has increase 2.5 times during the Covid 19 lockdowns.

We are also looking at possible risk of girls not returning to schools. This will not only be a huge loss to our work on girl child education, but also potentially expose girls to gender-based violence in their homes and communities and set new boundaries to their ability to participate in the labour force. The only way forward is for us to take these issues head-on and resurge with more strategic and effective responses to addressing GBV.

  • In this spirit, this year the India Gender and Inclusion Platform is organizing an event on December 7, 2021 from 5.00-6.30 pm (IST) in partnership with the Lighthouse India Consultative Group on Women Economic Empowerment, “Pushing for Impact: Policy, Program and Workplace Innovations in India to address Gender Based Violence, to bring together the compelling experiences of government, civil society and the private sector and draw lessons for replication and wider impact. We are spotlighting interventions from the state of Andhra Pradesh to tackle GBV, focusing in particular on the police and WCD departments; highlighting how Civil Society Organizations can address GBV issues in communities through strong engagement with the government systems and finally, learn about how organizations, including from the corporate sector, are working towards making workplaces safer and empowering for women.

    The idea is to send a positive message- that there are strong experiences and examples to address GBV from within India and across the sectors that need to be acknowledged, and for there to be commitment to replicate these for wider impact. We have also made a deliberate effort to get more male speakers and presenters to emphasize that we need men as important stakeholders in the GBV work that we do! 



    Time (IST)



    5.00-5.03 PM

    Welcome & Introduction

    Harjot Kaur, Sr. Social Dev. Specialist & Gender Focal point, WB, India

    5.03-5.10 PM

    Opening Remarks

    Hana Brixi, Global Director, World Bank

    5.10-5.25 PM 

    In the Spotlight: AP Government’s Initiatives on Gender Based Violence

    Initiatives of the Police Department, AP to tackle GBV

    Gautam Sawang, Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh

    Initiatives of the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of AP

    A R Anuradha, Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development Deptt.

    5.25-5.30 PM

    Reflections on Andhra Pradesh state Initiatives

     Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India

    5.30-5.45 PM 

    Engaging systems for creating safer communities for women and girls:

    SAJHA, A pilot project of CARE India on Gender Based Violence



    Introduction to CARE’s work in India on GBV

    Nidhi Bansal, Senior Director, Program Operations, Quality & Learning, Care India

    Presentation on SAJHA’s data and lessons

    Sunil Babu, Chief of Party, Bihar Technical Support Program, Care India


    Fire side chat: “Re-Imagining Role of Workplaces in Mitigating GBV”

    5.45-5.50 PM 


    Aparna Mittal, Founder, Samāna Centre for Gender, Policy and Law

    5.50-6.30 PM 


    Tinni Sawhney, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation India

    Jaydeep Biswas, Chief Policy & Partnerships, UNFPA

    Anandi Shankar, GM, Human Resources, Unilever

    Leslee Udwin, Founder and Executive Chair, Think Equal

    Moderated by Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India

  • Gautam Sawang, Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh: Gautam belongs to the 1986 batch IPS. Prior to his current position he served as Director General of Vigilance and Enforcement Department, Commissioner of Police Vijawada and Additional Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh. He also took a break from his service in AP, to join the  United Nations Missions in Liberia as Commissioner, UN Police between 2009 and 2012. In 2015 he received President’s Police Medal for distinguished service. 

    AR Anuradha, Principal Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh: Anuradha joined the Indian Police Services in 1987. Prior to her current position she served as the Principal Secretary, Home Department and headed the State Intelligence Department after the State’s bifurcation. She has been in senior positions such as Superintendent of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police and Additional Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad. She is the recipient of  President’s Police Medal for distinguished service and also received Antharik Seva Medal & Utkrisht Seva Medal for work done in Left Wing extremist areas.  

    Tinni Sawhney, CEO, Aga Khan India: Tinni Sawhney has over 25 years of experience on sustainable livelihood development in rural India and has worked extensively on issues of agriculture and livestock development for smallholder farmers. She is currently the Director Programmes at the Aga Khan Foundation (India), and has previously worked with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, South Asia Pro Poor Livestock Policy Programme, the Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

    Jaydeep Biswas, Chief, Policy and Partnerships, UNFPA: Jaydeep is the Chief of Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships, UNFPA India, which includes leading policy work, population dynamics and research, communications and media, innovation and technology and strategic partnerships. Previously, he was Senior Governance Advisor and Acting Team Leader (DFID India Global Programme) for the FCDO/DFID India. As Governance Adviser in UK DFID he led programme and policy work in multiple sectors (health and nutrition, urban development, governance and institutions, public financial management and anti-corruption, civil service reforms and civil society) and countries (India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Myanmar and the UK). 

     Anandi Shankar, GM HR Talent Organisation & Integration, HUL: Anandi Shankar is a psychologist by academic qualification and then made a career switch to join the corporate world. In her 17 year career with Hindustan Unilever Limited, she has worked across the value chain on partnering and expertise. Until recently, she led the Merger of GSK consumer Health with Hindustan Unilever Limited, the largest M&A deal in India bringing in Horlicks and Boost into the Unilever stable. She currently heads Talent and Organisation for Unilever South Asia. 

     Leslee Udwin, Founder and Executive Chair, Think Equal. Think Equal is both a movement and a programme, and its vision is to create a safe, free, and equal world through implementing its holistic and comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning Programme for social justice in early years settings around the world. A former filmmaker, Leslee has won upward of 80 awards including the BAFTA for East is East (“Best British film), and the Peabody award for India’s Daughter”. She has been awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (previously won by Madeleine Albright), and received the UN Women for Peace Activist Award at the United Nations. She was also voted the second most impactful woman of 2016 by the New York Times (after Hilary Clinton). 

    Dr. Sunil Babu is the Chief of Party, Bihar Technical Support Program, CARE India. He is a medical graduate with management education. He has worked through the ranks within CARE starting as a Field Officer in Andhra Pradesh in 1999. He has gained public health program management    experience in multiple states and national level and has worked as a consultant with several organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. He is currently working as Chief of Party for the Bihar Technical Support Program, CARE India.



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