Patna to host world’s first Gender Literature Festival in April

Patna: The world’s first Gender Literature Festival will take place from April 7th to April 9th at NIFT Patna. It is being hosted by the Gender Resource Centre of Bihar’s Women Development Corporation.

The three-day festival will include folk songs, theater and women band performances carrying stories of women’s realities and empowerment. It also includes competitions such as a logo design competition for the festival, poetry and storytelling events, panel discussions, short films, and street plays.


To create a platform, in the form of a Literature and Art Festival to increase visibility towards Gender Equity and Advocacy in the state. GLF will be platform for the creation of Gender based Knowledge and resources from, across various agencies and stakeholders and a forum for exchange of Gender related ideas and solution.

The Concept:

Literature, Art and Culture are a strong medium to propagate the message of Gender Sensitivity. When combined together, it can create a strong platform for disseminating information in an effective way. Gender Literature Festival is arguably World’s first Literature festival around Gender and intends to educate people about gender and associated issues through talks and panel discussions and engage the audience around gender issues through contests, activities and entertainment programs.

The Speakers:

Gender Literature Festival will host speakers coming from around the country and overseas. Speakers include eminent personalities who have done work in the field of gender and literature or have created a body of work in that deals with gender and related issues.

The Audience

Gender Literature Festival will be attended by policy makers, bureaucrats, social workers, activists and students, authors, artists, literature and art enthusiast and general audience from the city of Patna and beyond.

“The objective of this initiative is to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender [-based or focussed] literature. The festival will also act as a platform to increase visibility for gender equity and advocacy in the State of Bihar,” according to Dr. N. Vijaya Lakshmi, chairperson of the festival and managing director of Bihar’s WDC.


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