AMU Library and Centre for Women?s Studies organises UNIC-UN Women-AMU seminar on ?Agenda 2030?Expanding the Knowledge Frontier?
Aligarh, March 7: Aligarh Muslim University?s Maulana Azad Library and advanced Centre for Women?s Studies today organised the UNIC-UN Women-AMU seminar on ?Agenda 2030?Expanding the Knowledge Frontier? with Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, renowned expert on gender issues and Mr Derk Segaar, Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), New Delhi as the guest speakers.
Delivering the keynote address at the Cultural Hall of the Maulana Azad Library, Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed said that the Agenda 2030 is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and it seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. ?However, nothing of this is possible with women empowerment,? said Dr Hameed.
She added that while the world continues to achieve progress towards gender equality and women?s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, including equal access to primary education between girls and boys; women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
?It is high time that we all should understand that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,? further said Dr Hameed.
While presiding over the inaugural function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) said that women deserve all the rights and even religious scriptures have guaranteed equal rights to women.
He pointed out that the first person to embrace Islam was a woman and the first martyr in history of Islam was also a woman. ?Women in the first generation of Muslims even participated in wars,? added the Vice Chancellor.
He further said that the Holy Quran repeatedly focuses on the rights of women, including property inheritance, matrimonial rights and other rights.
Reading the United Nations address, the Guest of Honour, Mr Derk Segaar said that Women and girls represent half of the world?s population and therefore also half of its potential. ?But, today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress,? he added.
Mr Derk Segaar further said that providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
Dr Nabi Hasan, Librarian, AMU delivered the welcome address, in which he gave brief profiles of the guest speakers. He also spoke on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ways to achieve gender equality for empowering all women and girls.
While Professor Shehroz Alam Rizvi, Deputy Director, Centre for Women Studies, AMU delivered the vote of thanks; Dr Huma Parveen conducted the programme. Prof Nighat Ahmad, Director, Centre for Women Studies was also present on the occasion. A panel-discussion followed the Inaugural Function of the programme.
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