Women Are The Answer
Australia India Institute, the University of Melbourne
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Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is considered controversial, yet it is one of the most important factors. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India will soon overtake China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution: Kerala educates its women. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.
In this documentary screening, links are highlighted between issues such as women’s education, women’s rights and status in society, women’s health, population growth, global poverty and global food shortage, economic growth and environmental stability.
This documentary will be presented by filmmaker Fiona Cochrane and includes interviews with Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, William Ryerson of the Population Institute, Brinda Karat, a politician and Vice-President of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, as well as many young women from Kerala talking about their lives.