Alternative Law Forum

Invites you to be a part two day national consultation scheduled on the

25th and 26th June, 2016 at the United Theological College, behind Cantonment Railway station

From 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM


The conversations will be by way of four panel discussions on discrimination in Education, Employment, Health and Housing. This consultation is in the context of our work on anti-discrimination since the last two years. Our work seeks to explore possibilities of a campaign against discrimination of all forms which may lead to the drafting of a comprehensive anti discrimination law that would address discrimination across caste, gender, adivasis, religion, sexuality, gender identity, HIV status, race, region, color, articulation capacity etc. Towards this end we have interviewed 85 people including lawyers and activists from different states in South India. These interviews have opened up a range of questions that would in turn reflect our engagement with different movements and the possibility of a formulation of a law. Pursuant to this, we have organized Inter-movement Dialogues, which is a place for discussion for members across people’s movements. There has also been a regional consultation in March 2016 on the issues of discrimination based on caste, class, disability and gender.


In continuation, the following panel discussions will assist us in thinking through some of the issues around discrimination further. Two to three panelists will be in conversation with the moderator and subsequently the floor will be opened for discussion.


25thJune 2016, Saturday
10:00am to 10:30 am Introduction and setting the context for the conversation – By members of ALF
10:30am to 11:00am Tea break
11:00am to 01:00pm Panel on Discrimination in Education:  Hulikunte Murthy (Bayalu Balaga, Teachers Forum), Prakash KR (Kavana Kodagu),  Hasina Khan (Bebaak Collective, Forum, Mumbai) and moderated by Chayanika Shah (Queer Feminist Activist, Teacher, LABIA, Mumbai)
01:00am to 02:00pm Lunch Break
02:00pm to 04:00pm Panel on Discrimination in Employment:  Bezwada Wilson (Safai Karmachari Andholan, Delhi), Gee Imman Semmalar (Trans Activist Bangalore), Prathibha R . (Garment and Textile Workers Union, President) and moderated by Vinay Sreenivasa (Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore)
04:00pm to 04:30pm Tea and Snacks
 26th June 2016, Sunday
10:00am to 10:30am Tea Break
10:30am to 12:30pm Panel on Discrimination in Housing: Simpreet Singh (Associated with CAMP an art studio in Mumbai), Narasimha Murthy (Convenor, Slum Janandholana, Karnataka), Mahtab Alam (Activist, Writer, Delhi) and moderated by Rekha Raj (Dalit Feminist Activist)
12:30pm to 01:30pm Lunch Break
01:30pm to 3:30pm Panel on Discrimination in Health: Dr. Sylvia Karpagam (Public Health Doctor, Bangalore), Nadika (Independent Writer and Researcher), Kaushik Gupta (Advocate, Kolkatta High Court) and moderated by Akhila (Karnataka Janarogya Chaluvali)
03:30pm to 04:00 pm Tea Break
04:00pm to 05:00 pm Reflections and way forward – Darshana Mitra, Saumya Uma, Gowthaman Ranganathan,  Sunil Mohan, Sumathi N and Kishore Govinda.


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