Jammu : A pageant contest was organized by the Smt. Shanti Gupta Center for Women Studies MIER to celebrate the ‘World Women Equality Day.’ The theme of the contest was “I Can Make It Happen.” Dr. Renu Gupta, Director MIER Group of Institutions was the chief guest. Prof. N.R Sharma H.O.D M. Ed, Dr. Annie Kaul, H.O.D B Ed, Ms. Rohnika Sharma, H.O.D B. Ed Special Education and other faculty members of MIER College of Education also attended the program.

The program commenced with the inauguration of the wall magazine by the chief guest, Dr. Renu Gupta, which focused on “Women and Equality.” In her formal welcome address, Mrs. Monika Rathore, Coordinator SSGCWS said the theme of the contest is quite pertinent in highlighting the role and contributions of women in different fields and sections of the society

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A panel of two judges’ viz. Mrs Rupa Gupta, Management Representative Model Academy and Mrs. Harika Singh, Incharge Inclusive School-Model Academy was constituted for judging the pageants. More than 15 students participated in the contest and showcased eminent women characters like Jhansi Ki Rani, Malala Yousafzai, Kiran Bedi, P.T. Usha, Asha Bhosle etc. Ms. Enu Sharma of P.G Education Department stood first; Mr. Deepak Sharma of B. Ed Department was declared second while Ms. Divyajot Oberio of B. Ed Department was third. Certificates were distributed to all participants.

The Chief Guest, in her presidential address, empathized that 26th August is celebrated as ‘World Women Equality Day’ and congratulated the participants for empathetically sharing their views on the theme. She highlighted that women constitute half of the population of India and play a vital role in the growth and development of the nation. Dr. Gupta said women bring different skill sets in the professional world whether it is multitasking or handling the stress. She also touched upon different challenges faced by women in the society such as gender biasness, sexual harassment, violence, job insecurity etc. She stressed that best weapon for women empowerment is “education and training” as they play a critical role in preparing women for the 21st century. Women progress has a long history from welfare in 70s to development in 80s to empowerment in 90s to emancipation in 21st Century. She remarked that as women we need to appreciate our strengths as well as weakness to be a contributive member of the society.

Ms. Ridhima Singh Manhas, a B. Ed student, presented the formal vote of thanks in addition to conducting the program.

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