Public Relations Office and Women?s College organises ?A talk on Gender Equality in Contemporary World?
Aligarh, March 8: To mark the celebrations of the International Women?s Day, Aligarh Muslim University?s Public Relations Office and Women?s College today jointly organized, ?A talk on Gender Equality in Contemporary World? by Mr Gautam S Bhatacharya, Deputy Head of Mission, Sweden Embassy, New Delhi. The talk, which was held at the Women?s College had AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (Veteran) as the Patron.
While beginning his talk, the Chief Guest, Mr Gautam S Bhatacharya mentioned that he is delighted to be in AMU, which is a place of historical relevance and has been pivotal in the Nation building process in India.
He pointed out that Sweden has the distinction of being the first feminist government in the world and the governance and social set up in the country makes sure that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. ?Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives,? said Mr Bhatacharya.
He further said that the message, Sweden tries to give the world is that women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives.
?Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both a duty within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for Sweden?s broader foreign policy goals on development, democracy, peace and security,? said Mr Bhatacharya pointing out that gender equality is also part of the solution to society?s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state ? for justice and economic development.
While presiding over the function, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (Veteran) pointed out that ?we should have Women?s Day, all through the year.? He added that it is imperative for us to believe that what is important for men is also important for women.
Brigadier Ali further pointed out that women in today?s world are performing better than men in the fields of academics, sciences, social work and many other areas. He added that the excellence of women is not only inspiring men but also making them proud.
He further said that all the government forms in Seychelles have columns of mother?s name and not father?s name and during his stay in Seychelles, he felt really proud to write his mother?s name on forms.
Brigadier Ali stated that men will have to give up their patriarchal mindsets in allowing women to work. ?Prosperity will come, when women have equal space in work places like men,? he added.
Meanwhile, Mrs Rizwana Ali, wife of Brigadier Ali said that there is a difference in between theories and the practical implementations. She added that all religions in the world give due respects to women but their followers treat women in different ways. She added that since women are excelling in all fields, the day is not far that every day of the year, will be remembered for contributions of women.
While welcoming the Guests, Professor Naima K Gulrez, Principal, Women?s College gave brief profile of the Chief Guest and talked about the importance of Women?s Day celebrations. She also pointed out that AMU is citadel of women empowerment and emancipation.
Delivering the vote of thanks, AMU Public Relations Officer, Mr Omar S Peerzada said that the topic for today?s discussion, ?Gender Equality in the Contemporary World? has a special focus on United Nations Agenda 2030, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which is not possible without fulfilling the women component.
He added that it is high time to understand that Gender Equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. ?Women and girls represent half of the World?s population and therefore half of its potential,? said Mr Peerzada.
Students of Women?s College later attended a questions and answers session, in which the Chief Guest, Mr Bhatacharya and Ms Sophia Nystrom, expert on Women issues and intern with the Sweden Embassy, New Delhi answered queries. Dr Nazia Hasan conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesAMU PVC presenting Memento to the Chief guest during the talk on Gender Equality in Contemporary World
guests present at the Women's College during talk on Gender Equality in Contemporary World
Mrs Rizwana Ali addressing the talk on Gender Equality in Contemporary World
AMU PVC addressing the talk on Gender equality in Contemporary World