14-NOV-2018: Seminar on 'Women of Marginalised Communities: Concerns About Exclusion' held in AMU
Aligarh, November 14: Women have rights equal to that of men, but they continue to face disparity with unequal treatments and perceptions wholly or partly due to their gender, said Prof Zakia Athar Siddiqui, former Director, Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), while delivering the keynote address in the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) sponsored National Seminar on 'Women of Marginalised Communities: Concerns About Exclusion' at the Arts Faculty Lounge.
In the seminar organised by the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Prof Zakia pointed out that we need to focus on how to help women to overcome vulnerabilities and shape their destinies in the national growth story. "To help women of marginalised communities, we need to understand that equality for women is progress for all," she said adding that gender equality, women empowerment, women rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development.
Mr Nizam Pasha, Advocate, Supreme Court of India said that Women, across castes and classes, are marginalised, even if the degree varies. Speaking on the #Me Too Movement, he pointed out that the campaign needs to have representations from Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi and other marginalised women. "Let us build more resources and support for the most vulnerable and marginalised as any campaign should not treat the most vulnerable as just an afterthought," he said.
Mr Pasha also spoke on better enforcement of sexual harassment laws and setting up of tribunals for women in the informal sector.
Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Prof Akbar Husain, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences said, "There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved."
He pointed out, "Women are all powerful if they have strong mind, confidence in their body language and maturity in handling relationships. Empowerment is an internal attribute. A woman may feel empowered if she is contended with herself in physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual terms."
Empowering women is the need of the hour and in the interest of the societal development, it is necessary to work on a psycho-social operational model of women empowerment, said Dr Husain.
Prof Naima Khatoon Gulrez, Principal, Women's College also spoke on the occasion. Prof Azra Musavi, Director, Centre for Women's Studies proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Juhi Gupta delivered the welcome address. Ms Sara Kidwai conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesProf Zakia Siddiqui with Mr Nazim Pasha during the Centre for Womens Studies seminar