Women's Empowerment
& Gender Equality.

In the fall of 2016, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and UNESCO inaugurated India’s first ever Chair on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. The UNESCO Chair furthers goals of the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality and promotes international, inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities and collaborative work.

Understanding the vulnerabilities of women and the interplay between these vulnerabilities in a comprehensive way is the key to designing effective and optimal interventional strategies. This is what we do at the UNESCO chair and the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. Designing tools and methods for effective interventional strategies towards the empowerment of women and strengthening gender equality with community’s active and inclusive participation by focusing on 6 key areas incorporating all SDG’s, understanding and mapping the vulnerabilities in communities, to finally support India’s progress towards achieving the UN’s 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNESCO Chair and the Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality promote international, inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities and collaborative work. The UNESCO Chair and CWEGE support India’s progress towards achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Universities such as Amrita have a guiding and strategic role to play. This UNESCO Chair will be at the crossroads of research and action, with the ambition to develop toolkits focusing on vital areas and better mapping of vulnerabilities.”

Dr. Peter Wells
Chief of Higher Education Section
UNESCO

“This is certainly the first-ever UNESCO chair in this discipline. What is truly remarkable is the strategy, where it is proposed to map out vulnerabilities of women and girls at various levels and from different perspectives, and through research, study, training, and an exchange of best practices, to find the best possible solutions, replicable by others. My thanks to Amrita for the inspired idea and for the beautiful project. I am confident that through this chair, which is Amma’s and UNESCO’s gift, Amrita will make sure that both the ceiling and the floor for women will be raised.”

Dr. Ruchira Kamboj
Ambassador & Permanent Representative
of India to UNESCO, Paris