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Exploring Gender, Sexuality, and Disability: HPNLU Shimla’s Focus Group Discussion

Shimla, April 29

The Centre for Studies Related to Persons with Disabilities at Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla organised a Focus Group Discussion on Gender, Sexuality and Disability: Introspection of Law and Society in the Contemporary World. The event aimed to explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, and disability within the framework of contemporary legal and societal structures. The programme commenced in the presence of Dr. Santosh Kumar Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs, Dr. Sachin Sharma, Director, Centre for Studies related to Persons with Disability, Dr. Ruchi Raj Thakur, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Dr. Rohit Sharma and Dr. Bharat Barowalia. Dr. Praveen Kumar, Assistant Professor (Management) and Dr. Ambika, Assistant Professor (Law) were the judges for the event. Students and faculty members were active participants in the event.

Participants engaged in dynamic discussions which included the challenges faced by LGBTQIA++ individuals, the imperative for stronger anti-bullying measures, the necessity of period leave policies, and the rising prominence of women in disability rights movements. Through case studies, relevant data, and legal provisions, participants shed light on critical issues demanding immediate attention. Insights shared during the discussion emphasized the importance of adopting intersectional approaches to advocacy and policy reform. The discussions underscored the need to recognize and protect the rights and needs of all individuals, ensuring inclusivity and social justice.

The insights shared during the discussion emphasised on the need for intersectional approaches to advocacy and policy reform, ensuring that the rights and needs of all individuals are recognized and protected. The event served as an opportunity for collective reflection and dialogue on the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals with disabilities in navigating complex socio-legal landscapes.

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