Bangalore: The Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore will host its fifth International Women's Conference (IWC) in the month of February, 2012. Titled "Women and Technology", the three day conference held between 3rd and 5th of February, will have women participants from over 53 countries. Leading women personalities from across the world will be speaking at the conference, focusing on the role of technology in various aspects of work and life.
Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education), Government of India, Dr Daggubati Purandeswari, first Woman Presidential Candidate of Egypt, Ms Bothaina Kamel, Member of Parliament, Israel, Ms Ronit Tirosh, Member of Parliament, India, Ms Hema Malini and Jordanian filmmaker, Ms Al Wajd Al Fayez are some of the leading personalities attending the conference.
The conference will focus on the impact of technology on women and society, the connection between spirituality and technology, raising awareness on the role of yoga and meditation in relieving stress, the opportunity to use technology as a tool to empower women in the developing world and technology serving as a connecting link between women belonging to different social strata.
Says Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Chairperson, IWC, "The purpose of this conference is to raise awareness on the multi-dimensional impact of technology on women. The new age woman is on par with men in creating new technology as well as in using the same."
Asserting that technology has managed to bridge the information gap between women from different societies, she adds, "Technology harbours immense potential in empowering women in the developing world by providing them with the tools and opportunity to become not only independent but also change leaders in a rapidly developing country."
The evenings during the conference promise a rich display of art with an array of cultural activities on the cards. Indian as well as international artists will perform, showcasing the rich heritage of various cultures. Notable performances among these will be artists from the Russian St Petersburg Ballet, the Lotus dance of Japan, Bharatanatyam recital by Shobhana Chandrakumar and performances by Caucasian dancers.
The Art of Living Foundation being an NGO, with one of its key areas of work being women and children, the proceeds of this conference will support the running of 175 rural and tribal schools set up in 19 states in India. These schools were set up by the Art of Living Foundation to provide free, value based holistic education to rural and tribal children across the country. Currently, the 175 schools educate over 24500 rural and tribal children.
Besides serving as a means of support to the 175 schools, the last four IWC's have also initiated projects to provide employment for rural women, building homes for rural women besides raising funds to educate the girl child. Some of the notable projects initiated are the rehabilitation of female prisoners, planting of 10,000 trees in Bali, Indonesia, campaigns against female foeticide, child support for Zimbabwean families afflicted by HIV and vocational training for widows in Iraq.
More about the conference at http://iwc.artofliving.org/iwc/