National Seminar on “Gender and Wash: Problems and Prospects” on March 27, 2021, by Presidency University.



Presidency Group of Institutions (PGI) constitutes 8 Schools, 2 colleges, and 1 University. Presidency University, which has been awarded the title of ‘Best Emerging University’ in South India, has strongly advocated Equal Opportunity and Gender Inclusivity as a University Policy. The University’s academic programme is designed to foster intellectual vibrancy, Presidency University has 6 schools, one of them being the School of Law. The School of Law of Presidency University offers Undergraduate Integrated 5-Year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Law, 1-year Master’s Degree Programme in Law and PhD programme in Law. 3 different 5-Years Integrated Bachelor Degree Honors Programs in Law viz. B.A., LL.B.[Hons.], BBA.,LL.B.[Hons.], and B.Com., LL.B.[Hons.] has been designed with a multi-disciplinary interface. The Post Graduate Programme in Law is offered in three distinct domain areas-Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Law, and Gender Studies. There is a strong focus on capstone opportunities, seminars, research forums, clinics, and opportunities in other schools and departments, in which students can bring to bear in sophisticated ways, the knowledge they have acquired in their prior courses. In pursuance of this intellectual exercise, the School of Law takes the opportunity in the organization of this National Seminar.

About the Seminar:

The access to clean water and basic sanitation has been declared by UNGA as a basic human right and it is essential for achieving gender equality, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. WASH is an acronym which was adopted by the UN in 2008, the International Year of Sanitation. The W of WASH stands for Water, specifically access to safe drinking water, the S stands for Sanitation, while H stands for Hygiene. The move to the language of WASH signals a wider agenda, recognizing the need for a range of complementary political, economic and socio-cultural changes and measures needed in addition to services and infrastructure, to realize the ultimate goal of WASH – “human health, well-being, and development” Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, while Sustainable Development Goal 6 exists to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The two SDGs sit side by side, and for very good reason. Gender equality in respect of the human rights to water and sanitation will not only empower women individually but will also help women overcome poverty and empower their children, families and communities. Women, girls and other gender-discriminated people still endure the burden of inadequate WASH facilities in health care centres, in schools, in public spaces and in their own homes. Against this backdrop, this seminar aims at an elaborate discussion on WASH from the point of gender justice and women’s rights. It focuses on addressing the question as to how gendered social relations intersect with the material dimensions of WASH and on the exchange of ideas and thoughts in ensuring universal access to WASH for all everywhere. This is an initiative to bring to the surface the perspective and voices of those who have experienced marginalization and its manifestation in their life due to inadequate WASH facilities.


  • Last Date for Abstract Submission: February 25, 2021
  • Communication of Acceptance of Abstract: Rolling basis :On or before February 27, 2021
  • Last Date of Registration: March 5, 2021
  • Last Date for Submission of Full Paper: March 15, 2021
  • Receive the link to join the Seminar:24th March, 2021
  • Seminar Date: March 27, 2021

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