Café Philo

Café Philo

On March 7, 2019, the Institut français in India (IFI) organized the first edition of Café Philo as part of International Women’s Day in the gardens of IFI. This evening of philosophical dialogue brought together two experts, a French writer and an Indian expert, who discussed Building a Gender Balanced World. Participants included French author Léonora Miano, winner of several literary prizes (including the Goncourt des lycéens), and Christine Nathan, consultant to the International Labour Office and trade unions for gender equality. Several themes around current issues were addressed such as the global Me Too movement. Christine Nathan, who has worked in the field of gender equality for many years, approached the subject from a professional perspective examining gender issues in India, particularly in the workplace – formal and informal, including domestic and rural – and also from a governance perspective, highlighting the lack of legislation and policy implementation. On the other hand, the French author Léonora Miano addressed the issue from a literary point of view while sharing her own professional experiences and giving an insight into France and India from her other cultural experiences. The discussion was moderated by Samuel Berthet, Professor at Shiv Nadar University in Delhi.

Café Philo