“Gender Park’, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country and working towards gender equality in the state, will become functional from February. The Kerala government is spending an estimated amount of Rs 300 crore on this project.
The launch will coincide with the second edition of the International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE-II). Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the February 11-13 IGCE-II and the Gender Park.
A Gender Museum, Gender Library, Convention Centre and an Amphitheatre will also be launched at the event. These four facilities will form the first phase of the Gender Park that works towards gender equality in the state.
ICGE-II will explore measures to boost the economic potential of women and transgenders to equip them as sustainable entrepreneurs. The event at the Park’s campus is being organised in association with UN Women, which is part of the United Nations.
The Kerala Government has already allotted Rs 26 crore for the Gender Park and earmarked another Rs 15 crore for the next financial year. The government has also approved an administrative sanction of Rs 172 crore.
Last month, the UN Women signed an agreement with the 2013-conceived Gender Park to develop it into a South Asia hub for gender-related activities. The December 21 MoU enables the Gender Park to build a Gender Data Centre. All the projects at the Park will get cooperation from UN Women.