India’s first ‘Gender Park’ all set to open in Kerala

India's first 'Gender Park' all set to open in Kerala

Kerala is all set to open country’s first ‘Gender Park’, which will likely become functional from February. The Kerala state government’s INR 300 crore three tower Gender Park, claimed to be the the country’s first, will work toward promoting gender equality in the state.

Asper the reports, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the premises on February 11. He will also lay the foundation of International Women’s Trade and Research Centre (IWTRC) on the same day. This is being built with an aim to establish a secure and sustained ecosystem to empower women entrepreneurs and provide them a platform to market their products.

Reportedly, a Gender Library, Gender Museum, an Amphitheatre, and a Convention Centre will also be launched at the said event. All these four facilities will form the first phase of the Gender Park that will serve to work towards gender equality in the state.

Reports have it that the Gender Museum will be featuring various social struggles that were primarily responsible for shifting the status of women, the turning points, their achievements, including those during the Renaissance movement. Further, the Gender Library will serve the purpose of creating public awareness on gender and its role in development. Also, the Convention Centre will have a capacity to accommodate more than 500 people. And the Amphitheatre is set against a verdant backdrop.

Referring to this, state Health, Social Justice and Women and Child Development Minister K K Shailaja added that such an endeavour is not just the first in the country, but also perhaps in the entire world. She also added that they have already allotted INR 26 crore for the Gender Park, and earmarked another INR 15 crore for the next financial year.

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