Events of ADRI (Patna - Ranchi)
At the Tenth Annual Kolkata Group Workshop, 40 policy makers, scholars, activists and development experts convened to address the state of women, health
equity and social justice in India. While recognizing the significant Indian achievements over the past decade, the Kolkata Group identified two major gaps in these fields. First is the abysmal state of health care driven by the absence of systematic recognition of the need for universal health coverage and the crucial role of public health care. And second is the slow and very limited progress in women's rights that includes a host of inequities, insecurities, and injustices.
The most urgent need in healthcare in India today is for an affirmative approach that advances universal health coverage through reversing the financial neglect of public health care and the removal of debilitating illusions about what private health care and commercial insurance can achieve without firm and active public health provisions. Effective regulations and ethical professionalism are also essential.
The violations of women's rights are related to the continuation of early child marriage, violence against women, discriminatory practices, the impunity and bias that permeate the functioning of the legal and police systems, malnutrition of women and children, increasing prevalence of sex selection at birth as well as inadequate women's autonomy, health, education, and freedoms. The steps ahead must recognize the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma Committee Report promoting women's bodily integrity, dignity and sexual autonomy. Serious attention should also be paid to health, education, nutrition as well as the lack of adequate recognition of women's well-being and agency.
Chaired by Amartya Sen, Kolkata Group attendees were Sabina Alkire, Louis- Georges Arsenault, Shabana Azmi, Abhay Bang, Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, Lori Calvo, Achin Chakraborty, Gregory Chen, Lincoln Chen, Abhijit Chowdhury, Asim Dasgupta, Keshav Desiraju, Antara Dev Sen, Jean Dreze, Shiban Ganju, Dilip Ghosh, Joaquin Gonzalez-Aleman, R. Govinda, Shaibal Gupta, Pratik Kanjilal, Manabi Mazumdar, Surjya Kanta Misra, Nachiket Mor, Poonam Muttreja, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Kumar Rana, Sujatha Rao, Srinath Reddy, Nidhi Sabharwal, Abhijit Sen, Amartya Sen, Nandana Sen, A. K. Shiva Kumar, Amarjeet Sinha, Shantha Sinha, Sukhadeo Thorat and Sitaram Yechury.