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CfP: Webinar on Vulnerable Groups and Human Rights by Rabindra Bharati University [Dec 3-10]: Submit by Oct 15

About the Organiser

Rabindra Bharati University is a public research university in Kolkata, India. It was founded on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act of the Government of West Bengal in 1961, to mark the birth centenary of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. It is located at the Tagore family home, Jorasanko Thakur Bari.

About the Webinar

The International Webinar on Vulnerable Groups and Human Rights 3rd -10th December 2020 organised by the Department of Human Rights and Human Development and the Department of Disability Studies Rabindra Bharati University.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited in the following themes from international academicians, scholars, health practitioners, social activists, social work professionals, human rights professionals, diverse disciplines professionals with expertise in the areas and students. The themes are indicative, not exhaustive. Selected papers presented in the webinar are expected to be published in a book.

  • Vulnerable groups and the violation of human rights
    • What are vulnerable groups and why are they vulnerable?
    • Why is special protection necessary for human rights of vulnerable groups?
    • Role of the State, Social organizations, private companies and civil society
    • COVID-19  Role in increasing violation of human rights around the world
  • Disability (Visible/”invisible” disabilities) and Human rights
    • Evolution of the idea of disability.
    • Disability as a social problem, and society reinforcement of disability.
    • Actual situation  (laws, discrimination, exclusion, economy, jobs, and others)
    • Programs and measures are taken by the government and social organizations
    • Generating inclusion on a daily basis.
    • Impact of COVID-19 affected and measures are taken
  • Women and girls
    • Why are women and girls a vulnerable group?
    • Society and Women.  Misuse of the law.
    • Generating gender equality in all aspects. Cultural change (religion, community, education, work places).  Role of men in generating gender equality
    • Impact of COVID-19 (motherhood, work from home, education, child marriage,health, violence)
    • Evolution of the community
    • Discrimination and stigma
    • Role of religion and community
    • Present movements that work for a change
    • Why are they more vulnerable in some countries than in others?
    • Professional intervention (successful and unsuccessful experiences)
    • COVID-19 and its impact
  • Child rights
    • Why are children more vulnerable to abuse? Professional intervention
    • The importance of protection and a healthy environment
    • Role of the parents during pandemic
    • Impact of COVID-19 (child marriage, education, trafficking, violence, loneliness, mental health, cyber abuse, among others )
  • Senior citizens
    • Why are they forgotten?
    • Mental health and loneliness
    • Abuse and violence in their homes
    • Innovative measures taken by different entities to protect their rights
  • Ethnic and Racial minorities
    • Historic discrimination and present context
    • Generating awareness to stop discrimination (cultural change)
    • How to protect their basic human rights (successful examples). Working with indigenous groups, respecting their own culture
    • Autonomy and self-determination in the decision making process.
  • Migrant workers
    • Vulnerability in their hometowns and in the workplace
    • Why are their rights  invisible?
    • Migrant worker as ‘’second class citizens’’
    • Climate change and how it affects this vulnerable group
    • COVID- 19  and the situation of migrant workers.
  • Refugees
    • Why are they vulnerable?
    • Economic and political  situation with respect to COVID-19
    • Impact of COVID-19 on their basic human rights
    • International response  in the pandemic
    • Government policies and role of NGO’s. The refugees future (repatriation, future in other countries)
Submission Procedure
  • All paper should be submitted in soft copy to
  • Click here for the registration.
  • Registration link for resource persons/ paper presenters is here.
Important Dates
  • Last day for submission of Abstract: 15th October 2020
  • Intimation of acceptance: 22nd October 2020
  • Last date of registration: 23rd October 2020
  • Full-paper submission deadline: 9th November 2020

Ms. Victoria Muller Ms. Pubali Bhattacharya
(+91 9674900468) ( +91 90388 69115)
Ms. Upasana Ghosh Mr. Avishek Basriyar
(+91 9836146036) (+91 74882 23846)

For more details, click the link below.

Webinar on Vulnerable Groups and Human Rights by Rabindra Bharati University



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