National Conclave on Gender and Disability Inclusion in India

Description :

The BASIIC programme of National Institute of Urban Affairs, United Nations in India, and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), UK, is organising a 3-day National Conclave with a focus on gender and disability inclusion and accessible urban development in Indian cities from 28th April 2022 to 30th April 2022 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The Conclave is supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, organisations of persons with disabilities, and technical and knowledge partners. The Conclave aims to provide hands-on guidance through case studies and discussions on covering the full policy cycle from planning to implementation, evaluation, and follow-up mechanisms.The Conclave will bring together policy makers, academia, private sector, thematic experts, implementers to deliberate on city-level accessibility and inclusion challenges, exchange ideas, share technical expertise and knowledge, and contribute to the discourse on Urban Accessibility and Inclusion. The Conclave will deliberate on mainstreaming gender and disability inclusion in the implementation of SDGs, more specifically SDG 11 to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ guided by the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ and within the broader framework of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - the event is also an attempt towards encouraging city networks and urban practitioners to adopt accessibility and universal design as strategic priorities for the aspirational vision of India@2047.

The objectives of the workshop are as follow :

  • Provide a platform for knowledge sharing, exchange of ideas, experiences, and practical expertise for contributing to and strengthening the policy discourse on inclusive urbanisation.
  • Build capacities of participating cities, including facilitating decision-making processes for the advancement of gender transformative and disability-inclusive urban agenda.
  • Increase awareness and sensitization on issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities, women and girls, pregnant and new mothers, children, and the aging population in the urban landscape through participatory approaches for mainstreaming inclusion contextually and locally.
  • Increase awareness on the need for a people-centred approach to technology and innovation for inclusive urbanisation including fostering an ecosystem for narrowing the existing digital divide and reducing inequalities.
  • Explore strategic partnerships and priority areas to translate action research into on-ground implementation.


Ms Lakshmi Puri,

Former Assistant Secretary-Genral at United Nations, and former Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

Mr. Manoj Joshi

Hon’ble Secretary, MoHUA

Mr. Rajesh Sharma,

Joint secretary, DEPwP, MOSJE

Mr. Shombi Sharp,

UN Resident Coordinator

Mr Shantanu Mitra,

Head, Infrastructure & Urban Development, British High Commission, Delhi.

Mr Hitesh Vaidya,

Director, NIUA

Session Moderators

Dr. B. Mohammed Asheel, WHO India

Mr. Harpreet Singh Arora,

Urban Planner, FCDO

Mr. Ajay Suri, NIUA

Panellists and Presenters
Day 1 - Thematic Panel 1: Technology as an Enabler for Inclusive Cities

Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Saksham

Ms. Shilpi Kapoor, Barrier Break

Prof. PVM Rao, IIT Delhi

Dr. Kavi Arya, Professor, IIT-Mumbai

Ms. Mamta Kohli, Senior
Social Development Advisor,

Mr. Padam Vijay, NIUA

Panellists and Presenters
Day 1 - Thematic Panel 2: Gender and Disability Inclusion in Urban

Dr. Kalpana Viswanath, Safetipin

Ms. Nidhi Goyal, Rising Flame

Ms. Madhuri Das, Representative from UNICEF

Ms. Mukta Naik, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay,
Professor, IIT-Kharagpur

Panellists and Presenters
Day 1 - Thematic Panel 3: Localising Inclusion for Urbanisation

Disability Inclusive lighthouse projects / initiatives: Presentation on “Sugmaya Kashi” by Dr. D Vasudevan, VSCL

‘Empowering Transgender Community through Partcipation in Cuttack’s Water Management’ by Mr. G. Mathivathanan, Principal Secretary of Dept. of Housing and UD, Government of Odisha*

‘Making Cities Socially Smart, Experiences from two Cities’ by Mr. Sriram Haridass, Deputy Representative, UNFPA

‘Role of Data in Urban Governance’ by Ms Aishwarya Sehgal, Programme Associate, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

Mainstreaming LNOB as a key principle in national urban policies and programmes in India’ by Ms. Parul Agarwala, UN-Habitat India

‘Embedding Inclusion into the Project Cycle’ Case Studies from CITIIS by Ms. Manshi Singh, CITIIS, NIUA

DAY 2: FRIDAY, 29 APRIL 2022




09:30 am - 10:00 am


Introduction to Capacity Building Program on Gender and Disability Inclusion in Indian Cities 

by Mr. Utsav Choudhury, Team Lead, BASIIC, NIUA and Dr. Kavita Murugkar, Design Bridge Foundation

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Pre-training Assessment of Participants

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Module 1: Understanding Disability, Gender Diversity and Inclusion

1.1: Introduction to Persons with Disability and Disability-related Inclusions

1.2: Fundamentals of Universal Design, Examples and Applications

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Simulation Exercise by Participants and Experience Sharing

11:15 am - 11:30 am



11:30 am - 12:00 pm


Module 2: Accessible, Inclusive and Safe Planning for Women and Girls, Elderly, and Persons with Disabilities


2.1: Building an Accessible city – Components, Issues and Challenges

2.2: Inclusive and Safe Urban Development – Features and Strategies

2.3: Best Practices and Caselets in Inclusive Urban Development

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Experience Sharing and Interaction with User Expert: Lived Experiences with Mobility Impairment

by Ms. Suvarna Raj, Para-athlete

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


- Transforming the Philosophy of Access and Inclusion (Introduction to the Harmonised Guidelines and Standards for Universal Accessibility in India 2021)


by Prof. Gaurav Raheja, HOD, Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee

01:00 pm - 2:00 pm - LUNCH BREAK


02:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Orientation to Field Visits and Access Toolkit By Mr. Abhijit Murugkar, Accessibility Expert, Design Bridge Foundation 

by Mr. Utsav Choudhury, Team Lead, BASIIC, NIUA and Dr. Kavita Murugkar, Design Bridge Foundation

02:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Field Visits




09:30 am - 10:00 am


Module 3 - Tools and Techniques for Disability Inclusion
3.1: Inclusive Master Plans
3.2: Access Audits
3.3: Safety Audits

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Experience Sharing and Interaction with User Expert: Lived Experiences with Visual Impairment by Ms. Prachi and Ms. Pragya Mahajan

10:15 am - 10:30 am- TEA/ COFFEE BREAK


10:30 am - 11:00 pm


Module 4 - Institutionalising Inclusive Urban Development within Cities
4.1: Participatory Planning
4.2: Funding Mechanism


11:00 am - 11:15 pm


Experience Sharing and Interaction with User Expert: Lived Experiences with Blood Related Disorders by Ms. Arti Batra, NCPEDP 


11:15 am - 11:45 pm


Web/Digital Accessibility by Mr. Prashant Verma, Web Accessibility Expert 


11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Open House Deliberation on Challenges of Implementation of Provisions of Universal Accessibility and Inclusion in Urban Areas 


12:15 pm - 01:00 pm


Action Plan Preparation and Presentation, Capacity Evaluation and Plan for Impact Assessment 


01:00 pm - 02:00 pm


Valedictory Function 


01:00 pm - 01:10 pm


Address by Ms. Parul Agarwala, Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat India 


01:10 pm - 01:25 pm


Special Address by Mr. Ved Prakash, Joint Secretary, MoHUA 


01:25 pm - 01:45 pm


Memento / Certificate Distribution 


01:45 pm - 01:55 pm


Concluding Remarks by Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Director, NIUA 


01:55 pm - 02:00 pm


Vote of Thanks by Ms. Aarti Thakur, Disability Rights Officer, UNRCO 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - LUNCH