Kozhikode: The Kerala government’s Gender Park in Kozhikode will become functional from next month, coinciding with the second edition of the International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE-II), Health minister K.K Shailaja said.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the February 11-13 IGCE-II and the Gender Park.
He will also lay the foundation of the International Women’s Trade and Research Centre (IWTRC) that envisages a secure and sustained ecosystem for women entrepreneurs and a space for them to market products.
The valedictory ceremony will be inaugurated by Kerala Finance Minister T.M Thomas Isaac. It will see the announcement of a policy draft based on the highlights of the entire sessions at ICGE-II.
The high-profile event will see the launch of a Gender Museum, Gender Library, Convention Centre and an Amphitheatre. These four facilities will form the first phase of the Gender Park that works towards gender equality in the State, Shailaja told.
The minister said ICGE-II will function as a platform to anticipate the challenges in a post-pandemic world and share the present experiences of women across continents. "Women in Kerala have high education but no proportional representation in employment", she noted.
"That paradox adds to the relevance of the upcoming summit".