Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21: The Gender Park, an autonomous body under the Kerala government is all set to partner with UN Women to further the cause of women empowerment and function as a South Asia hub for gender equality. The Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the partnership will be signed in the honourable presence of the state's Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.

Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish and UN Women Deputy Country Representative Ms Nishtha Satyam will officially sign the MoU at Cliff House, the Chief Minister's official residence in Thiruvananthapuram on December 21 at 3 pm. Smt K K Shailaja, Hon. Minister for Health, Social Justice and Women & Child Development will be present on this occasion along with Mr Biju Prabhakar IAS, Secretary, Social Justice and Women & Child Development.

Smt Shailaja said the cooperation with the UN Women will give a renewed push to the Gender Park's efforts by providing support for activities like research, education and social intervention towards establishing gender equality. The world body's association marks the global recognition of Kerala's decades-long efforts in the field of woman empowerment, she added.

Sri Prabhakar noted that the UN partnership will boost and broaden the novel activities of the state's Women and Child Development department through the 2013-founded Gender Park. Headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, it drives various projects and programmes on gender equality in the state including running a gender library, museum and training centres for sustainable entrepreneurial ventures.

The UN Women Multi-Country Office located in Delhi will support Gender Park to develop it into a South Asia hub for gender related activities. The two parties will set up the Gender Data Centre at the Park's 24-acre Kozhikode campus that also houses an International Institute for Gender and Development.
UN Women established in 2010 works with the all strata of society to promote gender equality. Its Delhi chapter comprises India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives. The organisation provides advocacy for budget and national planning with a view to empowering women.

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