OXFAM SPONSORED TWO DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ON “VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: ROLE OF ACADEMIA, MEDIA ANS SOCIAL ACTIVISTS IN CREATING AND RAISING AWARENESS” AT AVADH GIRLS’ DEGREE COLLEGE ON 8TH AND 9TH DECEMBER, 2014.
Avadh Girls’ Degree College organized a Two Day National Seminar on 8-9th December 2014 sponsored by OXFAM INDIA . It was a part of United Nations 16 days Global Programme for Awareness about Violence Against Women . The registrations started at 9.30 am on 8th December. Dr. Shanti Rai, Organizing Secretary , welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries with bouquets. The programme was inaugurated at 11.00 a.m. by Prof. S. B. Nimse, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lucknow, with the lighting of the lamp. Dr. Anshu Kedia , Convener, spoke about old , outdated customs and how they need to be either given up or changed, so as to bring about Empowerment of Women. The Chairperson , Dr. U. Chaturvedi, Principal, Avadh Girls’ Degree College, stressed the importance of Education as an important tool of Empowerment for fighting Violence against Women. Dr. F. Usmani, Chief, Operational Support and Quality assurance, Programme Division, UNFPA.-United Nations Population Fund was the Guest of Honour. She has travelled extensively in the line of her duty. She presented a global perspective on “Violence against Women” . She informed the delegates about the various steps taken by the United Nations and partnering countries to combat this menace. Her empirical knowledge and her sharp insight on issues pertaining to women’s rights and their safety have certainly broadened our horizon of knowledge and enhanced our understanding. She informed that one in every three women is a victim of violence. The Vice - Chancellor observed that women were far ahead of men in merit list in most Universities and Colleges, and that economic independence could be one strategy in combating violence against women. Dr. U. Chaturvedi, Principal, Avadh Girls’ Degree College honored the dignitaries on the dais with mementoes. Dr. Seema Singh Katiyar, Organizing Secretary, proposed the formal Vote of Thanks at the Inaugural Ceremony and the guests, invitees and delegates were served tea and refreshments.
The delegates reassembled for the First Technical Session, which began with the welcome address of the Key-Note Speaker, Ms. Sunita Aron, Senior Resident Editor, Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Ms. Sunita Aron is an author, reporter and an anchor but above all these, she sees herself as a Media Activist, who, through her reporting always brings such issues center stage. In the line of her duty, she has seen life very closely and has come across brilliant and brave women who fought all odds to achieve what they wanted to. She exhorted all women to nip all such acts of violence in the bud. All acts of violence, however small, must be protested against so as to put a permanent stop to it , right at the beginning .The optimism of her attitude guided the course of deliberations on the topic to find ways in which violence against women can be combated.
After her Keynote Address, the delegates who had come from various parts of India presented their scholarly research papers. Ms. Ratna Watal and Dr. Sumna Varshney, chaired the First Academic Session. Interaction and discussion took place in order to bring about consensus on strategies for combating violence against women through the Media, Academia and Social Activists. The session came to an end with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Sumna Varshney.
The Second Academic Session saw presentation of more well researched scholarly papers by Academicians, research scholars and student delegates. The session was chaired by Dr. Shanti Rai and Dr. Seema Singh Katiyar. Simultaneous technical sessions were held due to the large number of presenters. This Session was chaired by Dr. Rekha Gupta and Dr. Preeti Choudhari. At the close of the session, formal vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Seema Singh Katiyar and Dr. Preeti Choudhari, respectively. With this the proceedings of the day came to a close.
9th December, the second day of the seminar opened with the Academic session. This session saw stalwarts like Dr. Rooprekha Verma , Ex-V.C. -Lucknow University and Founder Director, Saanjhi Duniya, Mr. Kamaal Khan, UP-Head, NDTV and Dr. Nishi Pandey , Prof. and Head, Dept of English, University of Lucknow. Ms. Preety Choudhari , Co-Organizing Secretary welcomed the key note speakers with flowers. Dr. Rooprekha Verma highlighted the role of social activists in creating awareness and empowering the women against Domestic Violence. She highlighted how over the centuries women have faced violence in the name of religion, culture and honour . She exhorted the delegates and the audience to carry the word beyond the walls of auditorium for urgent need to give up such practices. Activists play an important role to such victims of social institutions and traditions by providing them a support system. Mr. Kamaal Khan delved upon the positive role of Media towards this end. He also highlighted the role media has played in bringing perpetrators to task by highlighting them on electronic media and thus create pressure and public opinion. Prof. Nishi Pandey expatiated upon the important role academia plays in this area. This session was chaired by Dr. P. Awasthi . Later she proposed vote of thanks too.
The next technical session saw Dr. Nishi Pandey as the Key Note speaker. This session was chaired by Dr. Aparna Shukla and Dr. Preeti Awasthi. Delegates from various parts of India presented their papers on the topic and deliberated on the role and strategies that can be employed by the Academia, Media and Social Activists.
Finally, it was time for the Valedictory Ceremony. Prof Nishi Pandey and all other dignitaries and delegates were welcomed by Dr. Rekha Gupta. Dr. Nishi Pandey the Chief Guest at the ceremony summarized the various outcomes and Dr. U. Chaturvedi gave away the Certificates to the delegates. Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. S. S. Katiyar , Organizing Secretary.
The National Seminar was successful as it succeeded in putting the menace of Violence against Women centre stage. Global and National as well as regional perspectives were taken into account. Historical, religious, cultural and contemporary areas were analyzed to identify forms and types of violence. Strategies were deliberated upon to combat this effectively.