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'pEtE maatu' panel discussion: "Is Bengaluru women-friendly?" on Sat 18 Dec, 4 pm

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18 Dec 2010 16:00

Dear Bangalorean women and supportive spouses/family members,

Do you return home from work after dark every day and use a bus to get back? Have you been reluctant to get into an auto, do you worry about select stretches of unlit roads while walking or driving? Or if you are a spouse or a dad, have you had the nagging feeling that your wife or daughter might be risking too much by returning home late? If any of this has bothered you, and you feel as a Bangalorean, the city needs to accommodate girls and women better, then the most important event of the year 2010 is for you, on Saturday, Dec 18th evening 4pm. Do not miss it, for anything.

Citizen Matters and JustFemme present "Is Bengaluru women-friendly?" - a panel discussion Dec 18th, 4-5.30pm @ NGMA Auditorium, Palace Road, Bangalore. All are welcome.

The Bangalorean panelists (in alphabetical order):

Prakash Belawadi, a well-known journalist, theatre enthusiast and a filmmaker from Bengaluru. "Among the most significant markers of a civilised society is that it is conscious and sensible to the female half of itself", he says. Earlier this year, he ran for a Bengauru city council seat on the Lok Satta party ticket.

Mithila Jha, an Urban Planner, currently working with BMTC. Over the past two years, she has been involved in projects seeking to popularise the Volvo bus services. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from MIT, Cambridge, USA. Her interests are in marketing public transport and make it more accessible and user friendly.

Suneel Kumar (IPS), is Additional Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) for Bangalore. He will speak from the vantage of the state police and law enforcement.

C K Meena, an author and a long-time Bangalorean, known for witty columns on life in Bengaluru's ever-changing cityscape, has written two books of fiction - the semi-autobiographical Black Lentil Doughnuts and the crime thriller Dreams for the Dying.

Deepika Nagabushan, a freelance photographer who likes to capture people and stories. As an active member of Bangalore Photography Club she was recently involved with Frames of Mind 2010, a photo exhibition. She is a marketing communication professional working with Schneider Electric.

S T Ramesh (IPS), Director General of Police (Training), for Karnataka. Promoted early this year from ADGP position,  Ramesh is currently focussing on the fresh challenges to training of Karnataka police, including social issues and human rights.

Siri Srinivas, a gen-next sharpie, born and raised in Bengaluru, a recently graduated-engineer and working at a global financial major in the city.

Moderator: Vasanthi Hariprakash, is presently Special Correspondent at NDTV's Bangalore bureau and an award winning RJ and journalist. She has 16 years of media experience that spans across print, radio, online and visual media.
The panelists will be asked by the moderator to respond with their views on whether the city is friendly or not for women and why, from three vantage points: Transport, public spaces and cultural factors such as 'local vs outsider'.

This event is part of pEtE Maatu, city conversations in her own words, a three-day international film festival.

Organisers: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore Film Society and JustFemme.

Just Femme an online magazine for women in India, based out of Bangalore. Citizen Matters is Bangalore's own interactive community newsmagazine, published online and in print, as a south Bangalore fortnightly. The National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru is at the intersection of Palace Road and Cunningham Road, south of Mount Carmel College.

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