Symposiums on Gender in Media

Global Symposiums 2016 Mumbai

Our 2016 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media was held in Mumbai on February 17-21 and Sao Paulo on March 8. The Mumbai Symposium was co-hosted by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Mumbai Chapter, the women’s wing of FICCI and sponsored by ITVS.

The Institute presented new global research which explores the influence of  film audiences in the UK, India, Nigeria, France and Brazil funded by the Oak Foundation. The global symposiums will convene eminent entertainment content creators, business leaders, actors, directors, media personalities, policy makers, to engage in dialogue around the ìnstitute’s global research along with two panel discussions from leading entertainment industry personalities, content creators along with gender in media related subject matter experts.

Event PhotosVideo for Our Members


Geena Davis

Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media


Madeline Di Nonno

CEO Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Caroline Heldman

Associate Professor of Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles


How Film Impacts Issues Affecting Women and Children

Empowering Women and Girls Through Film


Rashmi Lamba

Festival Director, FLO Film Festival

Falguni Padode

Chairperson, Mumbai Chapter FICCI



Founder & Blogger-in-Chief, MissMalini Media

Mahesh Bhatt

Veteran Film Maker

Rahul Bose

Actor, Director, Screenwriter, and Social Activist

Abhijit Das, PhD

Director, The Centre for Health and Social Justice

Nandita Das

Actress/Director, Playwright / Theatre Director

Amruta Ranade Fadnavis

Deputy Vice President, Transaction Banking-Corporate, Axis Bank

Locsi Ferra

Project Director for Thematic Campaigns & Innovative Partnerships, Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Deepa Gahlot

Journalist, Columnist, Critic, Author, Head of Theatre and Film Department

Tanaya Guha

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur

Archana Garodia Gupta

National President, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)

Nishtha Jain

Mumbai-based Filmmaker

K.P. Jayasankar, PhD

Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Sminu Jindal

Managing Director Jindal SAW Ltd.

Kireet Khurana

Film Maker & Director Liberty

Prerana Langa

CEO, YES Foundation

Neeta Lulla

Fashion & Costume Designer Indian Fashion

Milan Luthria

Director, The Dirty Picture, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai

Anjali Monteiro, PhD

Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Manish Mundra

Founder/Film Maker Drishyam Films

Meghna Ghai-Puri

Educationist, Change Catalyst Mumbai

Aruna Raje

Editor, Writer, Director, Producer A New Paradigm

Harish Sadani

Founder & Chief Functionary Men Against Violence and Abuse

A L Sharada, PhD

Director, Population First

Mayank Shekhar

Broadcaster, Journalist, and Author

Abhishek Srivastava

Country Engagement Coordinator, India, ITVS

Kailash Surendranath

Director, Owner Kailash Picture Company

Sooni Taraporevala

Filmmaker, Screenwriter & Photographer

Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, EdD

UN Women Representative, Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives & Sri Lanka

Leena Yadav

Writer, Director

Debra Zimmerman

Executive Director Women Make Movies

Symposium Impact Survey Results

Our biannual symposiums on gender in media have reached more than 3,000 leading CEOs and decision makers in the entertainment industry, corporations and non-profitorganizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls. Post-attendance surveys have shown:

  • 91.5% of respondents indicated that the information they learned would influence how they perceive gender balance and stereotypes in their work.
  • 97% of respondents would share and utilize our research findings with their peers and in their companies.
  • 100% of respondents felt satisfied or very satisfied with the Symposium.

Media Coverage

At FLO film fest, 32 shades of women’s issues from across the globe

Devendra Fadnavis’s Wife Pushes for Equal Representation of Women in Films

FICCI FLO Film Festival in Feb 2016

FLO Film Festival: Celebrating Storytellers

Launch of FICCI FLO Film Festival 2016

Media images have a huge impact on our perceptions, and on our social and cultural beliefs and behaviors

Thank You to our Generous Partners and Sponsors

2016 Symposium Partners

Oak Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation