Chandigarh, 24, January: As part of the weeklong celebration of National Girl Child Day, the NSS units of Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, Chandigarh organized a webinar on ‘Gender Stereotypes and Women Empowerment’ under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme. The speaker for the session was Dr. Bindu Dogra, Assistant Professor, PG Department of Sociology of the college. More than 85 participants including staff and students of different streams attended the webinar. During the webinar, Dr. Bindu shed light on the gender stereotypes prevalent in society, and how these are restricting the empowerment of women despite various constitutional and legal provisions, programs, and policies initiated by the government. She also elaborated on the concept of women empowerment and the various dimensions and parameters associated with it. The resource person also suggested effective steps for changing the stereotypical mindset so as to achieve the goal of effective women empowerment in the country, thereby ending gender discrimination and bringing gender equality in social life and working environment. In the end, queries of the audience were addressed by the resource person. A poem recitation competition was also organised on the theme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ where participants shared their poems virtually.
Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava expressed appreciation for the efforts of NSS units of the college to educate students about the important cause of women empowerment. She said that empowered women are in a better position to contribute to the health and productivity of their families, communities, and countries, and thus, women empowerment is necessary to ensure that sustainable development goals are met.
By: Madhur Vyas