WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER SENSITIZATION SEMINAR


 

REPORT ON THE SEMINAR:

“WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER SENSITIZATION”

 

Date – 24th Jan 2018 and 25th Jan 2018

Venue – SPJIMR Auditorium, Bhavan’s Campus

Chief Guest – Dr. Neelam Gorhe

INTRODUCTION

With a view to ensure effective awareness on women’s rights, problems, prospects, sensitization, challenges that will transform and inspire overall development and empowerment of women, a two day seminar on empowerment of women on theme – “Women’s Empowerment and Gender Sensitization” was organized by Bhavan’s college in association with Maharashtra State Commission For Women (MSCW) on 24th and 25th January 2018

The objective was to promote a holistic development, empowerment and gender sensitization through inspiring initiatives impacting women, forging synergy amongst various participants and creating a conducive environment to impact social change.

The two day seminar was held on 24th and 25th January 2018 at SPJIMR Auditorium for all the participants.

There were __ participants in the seminar.

 

DAY 1 (24th January 2018)

Welcome and Introductory Address by Principal Dr. (Mrs.) V.I.Katchi

The principal very warmly welcomed all the participants for being a part of the two day seminar on women’s empowerment and gender sensitization. She made everyone recall that one of the major contributors to the Indian society has been the active participation of some of very focused and dedicated women who brought social reforms like Savitribai Phule, Sarojini Naidu to name a few.

She spoke about the gender gap index of india and mentioned India’s rank which is 108th out of 144 and also explained the reasons for India’s lower ranking and emphasized the need for change in the ranking

She also spoke about the women in position of power, breaking the glass ceiling.

Dr. Manjusha Molawne (Member Secretary, MSCW)

Dr. Molawne addressed the various issues faced by women in all walks of life. She spoke about how the sex ratio is skewed in favour of the men and said that gender sensitization cannot be complete without sensitizing the men. She also spoke about the works her department does for bringing out the welfare of women and educating them (viz. rehabilitating acid attack victims, etc.)

Dr. Neelam Gorhe (Member, Legislative Council)

‘Women – their contribution and position in Politics’

As the Chief Guest of the function, Dr. Gorhe inaugurated the function and delivered the key note address.

A politician and leader of Shiv Sena from Maharashtra (??) she is also a member of Maharashtra Legislative Council. She has been elected to the legislative council for three consecutive terms.

Dr. Gorhe spoke about the role of women in politics. She highlighted that there is secondary status for women in every field. She informed that in the previous year, UN had conducted a survey (unwatch.com) where it was discovered that even the developed countries there was disparity in treating women. The condition in developing countries is even worse. She raised the question as to how many women actually have separate bank accounts or even if they do, how many are actually able to operate them independently. Many in-laws do not like their daughters-in-law working. There is a common adage that a girl only works for her own pocket-money. She was happy to know that the gender ratio of women in Bhavan’s College was 54%.

She addressed the issue that political power is still a male domain in India and called it the ‘Politics of Patriarchy’. She said that the glass ceiling for the women can be broken only collectively. She said that although women are visible in the grass root levels, their presence is scarce at the top management.

She also raised the issue that women are perpetually excluded from decision making at every step of the ladder, starting from the household to the top layers of policy making.

She hoped that by 2030, there would be 50% representation of women in all fields.

Sanjay Awate (Editor, SAAM TV)

‘Projection of women in Hindi/Marathi shows’

The editor in chief of SAAM TV spoke about the role of women in media as well as the portrayal of women in media. He spoke on the revolting portrayal of women on the silver screen. In a jovial manner he explained how despite us elevating our mothers to Goddesses, our real interest is in the work that she does around the house. Thus he declared the chains that bind women as a ‘Conspiracy’.

He also addressed the rampant issue of female foeticide which are still prevailing in the society.

Sachin Dedhia (Cybercrime Analyst)

‘Cybercrime dangers and its prevention’

Mr. Sachin Dedhia started off by hacking an fb account live and thus grabbing many a people’s attention. Being an ethical hacker, he discussed the current scenario of hacking in India as well as around the world.

He gave the participants some useful tricks which were interesting and surprising at the same time. He recommended some tips for the security of our phones and ourselves.

On a serious note he emphasized everyone to be alert and be careful while sharing any important details or images on any social platform. He also spoke about the current need for a cyber army as many countries currently are engaged in cyber wars.

He also recommended certain courses for ethical hacking.

Last but not the least he strongly emphasized that “change is inevitable” and accepting it is the best way forward least we end up like Nokia’s fall.

Prof. Dr. Shubhangi Parkar, HOD Dept. of Psychiatry, KEM Hospital

‘Women – their Psychological and personal health’

Dr. Parkar has been working in the field of suicide and mental health for the past 30 years and at present heads the Psychiatry dept. at KEM Hospital.

She started her session through a wonderful ppt presentation which was very informative in which she touched various issues related to depression faced by women throughout their lives.

She spoke about the high stress levels of women due to their dual role of care-takers and career managers. She highlighted the need for early identification and intervention of depression in women dealing with such issues. She spoke at length on mental health of women. She emphasized that women should be happy and satisfied, which is a basic requirement of every human being.

N. Ambika IPS(DCP, Zone 4)

‘The roles and responsibilities of Police towards women’s safety’

DCP N Ambika an IPS officer of 2009 batch was the last speaker of the first day of seminar.

She represented Mumbai zone 4 and presented the statistics of the number of cases recorded by the national crime bureau annual reports. She made us aware of a separate women’s cell in each police station and highlighted the importance of self-awareness.

She also gave a talk on awareness about social media and how to make effective use of it. She emphasized that violence against women starts since before their birth. She explained articles 354 and emphasized its importance. She also informed everyone regarding the Police Didi programme. She urged the students to be self-reliant and financially independent. She shared a couple of incidents regarding the effective use of social media and thus being a responsible and alert citizen.

She brought forward a friendly face of the police and explained about the dedicated helpline for women (103). She asserted that being in the police force is not just a profession, it is a way of life!

DAY 2 (25th January 2018)

Grooming of Wellness-College to Corporate By Procter & Gamble (Ms. Poonam Ganatra)

Ms. Ganatra started by teaching the ABC for success the acronym for

A-Attitude

B-Behavior

C-Competence

Thus she explained the three terms and stated their importance to the participants

She also stated that for personality Attitude, Appearance and Communication are essential

She also emphasized that a person’s reaction is based on two key factors first 20%conscious reaction and 80%experience from childhood

Thus overall she summarized by stating the importance of a positive personality and addressed about the changes from college life to corporate life

Prasanna Joshi, Senior Producer – ABP Majha

‘Women in News Media’

Mr. Joshi spoke about the role of women in media specially related to journalism giving examples like Barkha Dutt, Nidhi Razdan etc. He said that there are less than 30% women in the field of media, and the number is lesser in rural areas. He said that the trend is that only women deal and speak on issues about women which is a stereotype.

He also addressed the issue of abusing and demeaning allegations towards women in this field from their male counterparts giving the example of similar incident in the house of cards.

He also spoke about the injustice faced by women journalists by not giving them the main slots such as crime, politics etc. instead giving slots for entertainment and lighter issues.

You very correctly pointed out that there are only less than 30% women in media. The fact that only women deal and speak about issues related to women is a stereotype in itself. . The number of struggles for women is immense, be it at the home front or due to there not being a provision for catering to the stress of active and outdoor reporting or not being given desired beats for coverage. It is shocking and alarming to know that no edition in Maharashtra in the past at least 40-50 years has ever had a woman editor! You said that women slowly accept this state.

Kranti Jejurkar – Ex-Chairperson, WDC, Univ. of Mumbai

(Dealing with Complaints about sexual harassment in Educational Institutions

Kranti Jejurkar, Chairperson of Women Development Cell at Mumbai University spoke about the sexual harassment faced by women in work place and colleges

She first compared yesteryears and present-day college environment, sharing some real life experiences.

Then she gave a presentation on sexual harassment faced by women in workplace and college which was very informative. It contained various scenarios of kinds of harassment, the types of harassment and the laws related to them.

She also informed the participants that if they face any such situations they should inform it to the Internal Complaints Committee, which addresses such issues and anonymity will be maintained.

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Vote Of Thanks for Dr. Neelam Gorhe, member of Legislative Council

Honorable Dr. Neelam Gorhe ma’am, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I extend our deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to you. You took time out of your busy schedule, inaugurated the event and delivered the key note address on: ‘Woman – their contribution and position in politics’

As you said ma’am, there is secondary status for women in every field. Empowerment of women is a collective process and may not be complete till everyone is sensitized, men as well as women. Truly it is the mentality of the people that needs to be sensitized. Let’s hope, like you said, that by 2030 there will be 50% representation of women in every field.

Once again thanking you immensely for gracing this occasion with your presence and sharing with us your valuable viewpoint. Thank you ma’am.

Vote Of Thanks For Mr. Sanjay Awate, Editor of SAAM TV

Respectable Mr. Sanjay Awate sir, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I express deep sense of gratitude to you for gracing the occasion here today and shedding light on: ‘Projection of women in Hindi/Marathi shows – whether Positive or Negative’

We teachers use many techniques to explain a concept to the students. Sir, you have used all the skills that you had acquired in your training, dramatics, communication skills, to drive home a point, that a woman needs foremost to be treated like a human.  भगवान तो बहुत बाद में है उसे ओहदा एक इंसान होने का पहले मिलना चाहिए। I also really appreciate you for blowing the bigul and declaring the chains that bind women, be it under the guise of संस्कृति or tradition, as a CONSPIRACY.

For speaking for the independence, in thought and deed, of women, I, once again, thanking you sir!

Vote Of Thanks For Mr. Sanchin Dedhiya,

Respectable Mr. Sachin Dedhia  sir, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I extend our most sincere gratitude to you for taking out  time of your schedule, I understand that you’ve been hopping towns delivering these lectures everywhere, and speaking to us on: ‘Cyber Crime dangers and its prevention’

Sir in a session that became an instant hit, you enlightened us on Facebook password hacking, Phone hacking, online photos hacking on various other dangers lurking online. What can I say but,

You came!

You spoke!

You won everyone’s hearts!

Thank you very much sir!

Vote Of Thanks for Prof. Dr. Shubhangi Parkar, HOD, Psychiatry Dept., KEM Hospital

Very honorable Prof. Dr. Shubhangi Parkar ma’am, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I extend our deep sense of gratitude to you for coming here today and enlightening us on: ‘Women – Their Psychological and Personal Health’

 Ma’am of all that you spoke here today what I understand is that there are a lot of issues faced by women. Be it post-partum or post-menopausal, it’s not easy being a woman. What she needs is a happy and satisfied life. We need to empower women to take her decision. Ma’am you are a living walking example of an empowered woman. You are an inspiration to all of us here.

Thank you so very much ma’am for coming here today and speaking to us. Thank you ma’am.

Vote Of Thanks For N.Ambika IPS, DSP Zone 4

Respected N. Ambika  ma’am, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I express sincere gratitude to you first for safeguarding us and also for apprising us on: ‘The roles and responsibilities of Police towards women’s safety’

Ma’am from what you’ve spoken today I understand that safety is first and foremost in our hands. Violence against women starts from pre-birth. It is up to us to understand, analyse and then take a call. One needs to be self-reliant and financially independent. For this we need to have our short –term and long-term goals, concentrate on our studies and move ahead. Ma’am you explained about the various articles in the constitution that are there for women’s empowerment. I’m proud to hear ma’am that Mumbai is the safest city and that there is a helpline number 103, dedicated for women. Thank you for showing to us the friendly face of the police.

For coming here today and enlightening us, we thank you once again.

Vote Of Thanks for Poonam Ganatra from Proctor and Gamble

Respectable Poonam Ganatra ma’am, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I express sincere gratitude to you for speaking to us on: ‘College to Corporate’

Ma’am you gave a heart touching session and spoke on Personality Development, grooming, communication skills and body language. Thank you so very much ma’am.

Vote Of Thanks for Prasanna Joshi Sr. Producer from ABN Majha

Respectable Prasanna Joshi sir, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I express sincere gratitude to you for speaking to us on: ‘Women in News Media’

You very correctly pointed out that there are only less than 30% women in media. The fact that only women deal and speak about issues related to women is a stereotype in itself. The number of struggles for women is immense, be it at the home front or due to there not being a provision for catering to the stress of active and outdoor reporting or not being given desired beats for coverage. It is shocking and alarming to know that no edition in Maharashtra in the past at least 40-50 years has ever had a woman editor! You said that women slowly accept this state. This reminds me of something that yesterday’s speaker Dr. Shubhangi Parkar said about ‘Learned Helplessness’. Women just mould into this acceptance model. This may be due to the fact that they are genetically and historically designed that way.

For coming here today and shedding light on media and women, we thank you once again.

Vote Of Thanks for Dr. Kranti Jejurkar, Ex-President, WDC, University of Mumbai

Very honourable Dr. Kranti Jejurkar ma’am, on behalf of Bhavan’s College and Maharashtra State Commission for Women, I express sincere gratitude to you for speaking to us on: ‘Women in News Media’