Model Institute of Education & Research
In collaboration with the Department of Lifelong Learning, University of Jammu, one day workshop was organized by the Smt. Shanti Gupta Center for Women Studies MIER College to celebrate the ‘International Women’s Day’ at its campus. The theme of the workshop was “Understanding Gender, Society, and Sexual Harassment.” Dr. Kavita Suri, Director, and Head, Department of Lifelong Learning and Dr. Savita Nayyar, Sr. Assistant Professor, Department of Law, University of Jammu were the resource persons. Dr. Hafiza Muzaffar, Former Sectary of Women State Commission, J&K was the special invitee on the occasion.
Welcoming the resource persons, Dr. Renu Gupta, Vice Chairperson, and Principal said Dr. Kavita Suri has her expertise in life skills, gender sensitization, women conflict resolution and women empowerment. She has authored many books highlighting women issues and problems. She is a recipient of prestigious Rasa Javidani Literary Award, Rotary Award by Rotary Club Jammu and British Chevening Print Journalists’ Fellowship. Dr. Suri is also a member of J&K Sate Commission for Women, J&K. Introducing Dr. Savita Nayyar to the audience, Dr. Gupta said Dr. Nayyar’s specialization is Gender Issues, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She is also a visiting faculty of Sher-i-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur and authored many books and conducted workshops. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Gupta wished the audience Happy International Women’s Day and said the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives.’
Students of fourth semester of different departments along with faculty of MIER College participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted in two sessions. In the first session, Dr. Suri with the help of the videos and worksheet explained the difference between gender and sex. She highlighted how gender roles are interpreted within the context of societal influence, thus; constructing gender stereotypes. She comprehensively deliberated on the causes of gender inequality such as economic constraints, kept as dependent, no equal property rights, low literacy, reproductive autonomy etc. Dr Suri exhorted to bring gender sensitization which means modification of behavior by raising awareness of gender equality concerns. There is a need to change the mind set of people, vertical social mobility, active political participation, creating safe environment and empowering the women.
The second session was marked by case study discussion in which the resource person, Dr. Nayyar, explained the concept of sexual harassment which refers to a personal attack on women’s mind and body, instilling fear and violating her basic rights. She deliberated on the loopholes of the laws existing before the enactment of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013. Dr. Nayyar highlighted the fact that it has become mandatory to have internal complaint committee at the workplace. She also explained the process of constitution of such committees and the steps involved in lodging a complaint. Lastly participants interacted and posed their queries, which were effectively answered by the resource persons.
Ms. Suvidha Jamwal, a B.Ed student effectively conducted the program. Ms. Monika Rathore, Co-coordinator Center for Women MIER Studies presented the formal Vote of Thanks. It was followed by refreshments.
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