International Women’s Day with talk on “Role of Women in India: Present Scenario” celebrated at Jamia Hamdard
New Delhi: International Women’s Day with talk on “Role of Women in India: Present Scenario” was celebrated at Jamia Hamdard. The Chief Guest of the event was Ms. Nandita Rao, an Advocate at Delhi High Court and a child and women rights activist. The event was presided by Prof Ahmad Kamal, Pro Vice- Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard.
The program began with a welcoming speech by Dr Mymoona Akhtar, Associate Professor, SPER. She highlighted the significance of International Women’s Day and emphasized on the fact that Jamia Hamdard hosts more female students than male student which is actually a positive indication where the gender balance began to tip in women’s favour, taking up the majority. Women are outperforming men in many academic sectors at the “toughest universities and toughest courses”. The program was then addressed by Prof. Suhail Fatima, Dean, SUMER. She spoke on the role of women in society and particularly in healthcare.
Ms Nandita Rao while sharing her views and experience gave a reality check on the conditions of women and girls in India. She spoke on issues and challenges of working women in India. She talked about discrimination being faced by women in education, jobs, promotion and access to resources. She talked on the role of women in Gandhian Movement of non-cooperation, and raising of voice against injustice.
Assistant DSW, Dr. Khurseed Ahmed Ansari shared his thoughts and recited a nazm of Kaifi Azmi on this occasion. The program proceeded with the presidential addressing by Prof Ahmad Kamal, Pro Vice Chancellor, JH. He appreciated the status of female students and researchers and the equal opportunity that they get at Jamia Hamdard. He ended his address with a message that women empowerment is the ultimate solution for the growth of our nation.
Ms Jamal Fatima, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied health science presented the vote of thanks. The programme was smoothly carried by Ms Gulnaz Bano, teaching assistant, SPER.
The history of the celebration of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early 20th century, when labour movements spread across North America and Europe.
Members of the women’s movement in Russia during World War I celebrated the first International Women’s Day on March 8, 1913 to peacefully protest the war. A year later, women across Europe held rallies in solidarity on that same date. Following World War II, countries from all continents began using March 8 as a marker for advocating women’s equality.