Women and Democracy with Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy’s discussion on women and democracy will touch on women’s participation in politics beyond consultation to a direct role in the decision-making process and the implementation of plans. The foundation of a democratic government rests on principles of accountability and transparency in political structures and in leadership. By incorporating a feminist leadership style based on principles of collective responsibility and a collective process of decision-making, groups and organizations can adhere to democratic principles and values.


Aruna Roy is a prominent socio-political activist and is a part of many social and political movements in India. After resigning from the Indian Administrative Service to work with the rural poor in Rajasthan, she along with Shankar Singh and Nikhil Dey founded the people’s organization – Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS). She has worked with many democratic campaigns for the access of the poor to constitutional rights and is currently the President of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW). In 2005, she played a crucial role in the passage of national legislations for the Right to Information and the Right to Employment (MGNREGA). Additionally, she was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2000, the Nani Palkiwala Award and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management in 2010, and listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the TIME Magazine for 2011.

Accessibility: The SSMU Building is wheelchair accessible, including automatic doors, bathrooms, and elevators. There is a gender-neutral bathroom located on the 4th floor.

NOTE: There is construction across McGill’s campus.

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