Saturday, March 26, 2016, 12 noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. in the U.K., 9:30 p.m. in India)
On March 26 Vasu Mohan will give a Web Talk on “Five Revolutionary Teachings on Gender Equality in the Bahá’í Faith.” His talk will explore five unique teachings in the Bahá’í Faith on the equality of women and men that are extraordinarily powerful and critical to addressing global challenges. “Whether you are a long-time Bahá’í, a new believer, or just curious about the Bahá’í Faith,” Mr. Mohan says, “you will find these less-discussed facets of the Bahá’í teachings absolutely fascinating and even life changing.”
Vasu Mohan has over sixteen years of experience in democracy, governance, and human-rights programing in Asia with a focus on political, social, and legal empowerment of the disenfranchised—youth, women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities. He leads Asia programs at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where he has been working since 2001. He has supervised programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Republic of the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.
Mohan was responsible for IFES’ Women’s Legal Rights Initiative and Garima Projects in India (2003–11), a program on violence against women and gender equality/women’s empowerment, which focused on expanding the dialogue on women’s rights and legal resources available to women. He has also served in various voluntary capacities related to women’s empowerment including service as Member of the Board of Directors for the Tahirih Justice Center. Mohan is co-author of Gender Equality and Election Management Bodies: A Best Practices Guide and Sehr: A New Dawn Breaks, a book highlighting IFES’ Muslim Women’s Initiative in India (Spring 2016). He is also working on a translation of vignettes of the history of Sri Lanka from Tamil into English. Mohan is fluent in Tamil and Hindi and conversant in Sinhala and Urdu.