India 60 Finland 90
Social well-being and gender equity in a globalising world: Dialogue between India and Finland

Finnish-Indian Workshop, 27-28 November, 2007, Helsinki, Finland


Independent India has this year its 60th anniversary, Finland its 90th. Despite many profound differences and divergent histories, these societies can engage in a fruitful dialogue. India, struggling to reach universal education and more balanced gender relations, could learn from Finland’s development from an agrarian, poor and divided country to a high tech, welfare society, while Finland could learn, among other things, from the ways Indians have managed to preserve abiding social networks and feeling of belonging in the throes of globalization and change. The workshop will pay specific attention to social security and gender relations, education, sexual health, social responsibility and migration. The two-day programme will include presentations of four Indian scholars and activists in addition to those of six Finnish researchers.

Day I: Tuesday, 27.11.2007, 9.00-15.00
  Venue: Väestöliitto, Kalevankatu 16B, Helsinki (inner courtyard, meeting room of ‘Väentupa’)
9.00-9.15 Opening of the workshop Dr. Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute)
9.15-10.45 Social security  
How Finland became a welfare society? Dir. Ismo Söderling (Population Research Institute)
Indian kin-based social security: what are its repercussions? Dr. Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute)
10.45-12.15 Education  
Challenges of Indian educational system Dr. Sangeeta Shirname (Indic Society for Education and Development - INSEED, India)
Universal Education; Nordic Model Prof. Joel Kivirauma (Dept. of Pedagogy, University of Turku)
12.15-13.15 Lunch  
13.15-14.45 Sexual health  
  1) Traditional Health Practices of Kumaoni Women - Continuity & Change
2) Adolescents' sexual and reproductive health in India: the role of NGOs in advancing well-being
Dr. Anjali Capila (International Planned Parenthood Federation, Delhi)
  Finnish teenagers' sexual health knowledge: results from a survey among school children Prof. Osmo Kontula (Population Research Institute)
14.45-15.15 Coffee, free discussion and closing the day  
     
Day II: Wednesday, 28.11.2007, 9.00 -15.15
  Venue: Restaurant Pääposti, Mannerheiminaukio 1 A, 10th floor, Red conference room  
9.00-9.15  Opening of the second day Dr. Sangita Kulathinal (Indic Society for Education and Development - INSEED, India)
9.15-10.45 Social responsibility and change  
The interdependency between helping and happiness Prof. J.P. Roos (University of Helsinki, Dept. of Social Policy)
Why do the Indian middle classes appear callous vis-à-vis suffering of others? Dr. Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute)
10.45-12.15 Migration  
Indian and Nepalese women living in Finland Dr. Tuomas Martikainen (Dept. of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi)
Border crossings for better lives Mr. Anup Jinadevan (PhD student, Univ. of Helsinki)
12.15-13.15 Lunch in Ravintola Pääposti  
13.15-14.45 Personal encounters  
Indian and Finnish societies as I see them Dr. Sangita Kulathinal (Indic Society for Education and Development - INSEED, India)
Indian and Finnish societies as I see them Dr. Minna Säävälä (Population Research Institute)
14.45-15.00 Coffee  
15.00-15.15 Closing discussion  

Organisers

  1. Väestöliitto (The Family Federation of Finland), Helsinki, Finland
  2. Indic Society for Education and Development (INSEED), Nashik, India

Sponsors

The Workshop was generously funded by

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