Standing Ovations for Amartya Sen, "Women: Survival and Empowerment"
Amartya Sen with board members of the Gendercide Awareness Project
Amartya Sen’s appearance in Dallas was successful beyond our wildest dreams! Over seven hundred attendees, a packed hall, two standing ovations for Amartya Sen, visitors thronging our exhibit, and so much energy and enthusiasm from the attendees! Many people approached us afterward to say they wanted to get involved.
Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998 "World's 50 Most Influential People," Time Magazine "Third Most Influential Thought Leader of 2014" GDI Professor of Economics & Philosophy, Harvard Univ. First Scholar to Measure Gendercide
WHAT HE SAID – Some Highlights
"You have to begin with the optimism that you can make a difference." Those words concluded a memorable address from Amartya Sen entitled “Women: Survival and Empowerment.”
Professor Sen pointed out that the atrocity of gendercide deserves far more attention that it receives. Globally, the number of missing women has increased from about 100 million in 1990 to 117 million at present. In India, Sen’s native country, the nature of gendercide has shifted somewhat during that 25-year interval. Fewer women disappear because they do not survive into old age, and more disappear as a result of sex-selective abortion.
Turning to the subject of women’s empowerment, Sen pointed out that gender inequality takes several forms. In some instances, it is an outright hostility of mindset that sees women as “a different type of human being.” In others it is “deprivation of women’s effective agency,” attributable to the fact that women lack the freedom to think, the freedom to question, and the freedom to do both of these in an informed, critical, independent way.
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