Panel Discussion – Women Empowerment and Issues in South Asian Countries

Panel Discussion – Women Empowerment and Issues in South Asian Countries

After Closing Night Feature The Last Color on Sunday Sept 22nd 2019

Professor Genevieve E Carminati, Montgomery College

Genevieve Carminati is a Professor of English and College-wide Women’s and Gender Studies Program Coordinator at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where she has taught creative writing, essay writing, literature, women’s film, and women’s studies. Predominately a poet but also a writer of fiction, essays and memoir, her work explores issues of power and class, gender and sexuality, justice and memory.


Dr. Manjula Luthria, World Bank

Manjula is an economist and thought leader on migration issues with two decades of global development experience at the World Bank. She has led complex policy dialogue on migration with governments, the private sector, and NGOs addressing issues of economic and social inclusion of migrants. Crucial to this endeavor is her focus on female migrants where the importance of balancing opportunity with vulnerability takes center stage. With the notion of “the other” now pervading development work from design to implementation, she is keen to combine the power of data and analytics with the power of story-telling to bring about paradigm shifts and changes in the status quo on gender and migration.

Dr. Kavita Saini

Dr. Kavita Saini, a survivor of emotional and financial abuse herself, moved from the corporate sector to the world of human services over 15 years ago is a clinical psychologist who works with mental health and domestic violence. Dr. Saini has been instrumental in working with the women’s empowerment foundation in an unbiased fashion keeping an understanding of how women and men are not exclusive but inclusive. She has been an integral part of working with the Indian priests in the community to educate and encourage LGBTQ marriages in the Indian community. This is only to mention some of the things that she has done in the community and continues to give her time for the community selflessly.