Seminar on "Gender Sensitization"
Conducted by "Network 18"
28th July 2017
Network 18 conducted a one day seminar on “Gender Sensitization” on 28th July 2017. It was organized at Hotel Radisson Blu, Noida in association with TATA Tea. Ms. Gurpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor (MBA Department) along with 2 MBA students, Sonal Honda & Shubham Singh attended the seminar.
The seminar which started at 1.00PM was divided into two sections.
The first Panel Discussion was chaired by Mrs. Rashmi Anand, Activist & Member of Crime Against Women Cell . She shared her life experiences . She said that, she re-started her life at 35 - traumatised and fearful. She left a violent marriage of 10 years with 2 children, a daughter, then 9 and a son, then 5. Her beautiful little daughter had become quiet and withdrawn and her son had stopped speaking completely.
Mrs. Anand has published 11 books on human spirit of joy and abundance, of life and death and honoring and cherishing and living every moment of life. She said that she is working with issues of Gender and Domestic Violence, having voluntarily counseled hundreds of women at the Crime Against Women Cell of Delhi Police at Nanakpura New Delhi, over a period of 5 years.
The second guest was Dr. Ranjana Kumari who is a renowned academician and social activist, and is currently serving as Director of the Centre for Social Research in Delhi, and is also the Chairperson of Women Power Connect, a National level organization of women’s groups. Lotus Leadership Award winner (2015), Dr. Kumari has dedicated her life to empowering women across South Asia and has authored many well - known publications.
The Centre for Social Research (CSR), established in 1983, is an advocacy group for women based in New Delhi, India. The group tries to bring attention and justice to all marginalized and underprivileged areas of society.
Both the panelists were of the opinion that "Gender Sensitization" should be a compulsory subject in Indian academic curriculum.
As per Mrs. Rashmi Anand, boys should also be taught about equal rights of girls. The activities that a child observes at home during his/her childhood have a greater impact in their life.
Dr. Ranjan said that when a child is born whether it is boy or girl, we purchase things as per their gender. As per Dr. Kumari, all the citizen of India should understand and have "Respect of other Human".
Tata Tea has taken the initiative and has come up with the slogan "Alarm Bajne Se Pehle Jaago Re".
The second panel discussion was on a case study. Network 18 team invited a family from Alwar, Rajasthan. Mr. Hannub Khan, head of the family, has 2 sons and one daughter. He had stopped his daughter from going to school. But after counseling from various Social Organization, he agreed to continue his daughter’s education at the school which is 20KM away from his village.
The seminar ended with the Q&A session.