Guwahati: In the run-up to International Women’s Day, a round table discussion on ‘Emancipation of Women’ was organised by PIB in collaboration with IIT, Guwahati on Thursday.
The discussion focused on issues related to women’s emancipation, gender equality and women’s empowerment and highlighted the way forward to strengthen the empowerment of women and ensuring dignity for women in various aspects of life.
The panel consisted of Sumitra Sharma, senior advocate, Gauhati High Court; Asst. professor, IIT, Rajashri Bedamatta, and Durba Dutta, professor, Royal Global University. It was moderated by Keerti Tiwari, Joint Director, PIB, Guwahati.
It was discussed that empowerment is not only confined freedom from being dominated at home and workplaces but reform broader aspects of social norms and to work harmoniously with the other genders. Society cannot run smoothly if men and women do not work shoulder to shoulder. It was also discussed that women should be brave enough to ask for their rights and raise their voice at the right time against any violence’s and discriminations against them. The panel opined that for these reason women must be empowered with knowledge, education and financial independence.
Dr Chitralekha Mahanta, Dean, Academic Affairs, IIT, highlighted that female participation in the country’s labour force is declining drastically even though the rate of literacy of women is increasing. International Women’s Day is the time to reflect the actual progress of women.
She said that organisations should provide facilities like late-night transport, safe working environment and facilities of hostels and crèche in workplaces which will help educated women continue with their jobs and participate in the country’s labour force. Also, laws and policies should also to make workplaces women-friendly.
Gender sensitisation is the only way to bring about an equalitarian society which will be able to protect the rights of women, said Dr Mahanta.
Dr AM Farooqi, deputy director, Regional Outreach Bureau summarised the issues discussed in the Round Table and focused on the need of empowering women through education and sensitisation of society for women’s right, while giving his vote of thanks.