HYDERABAD, 12/03/2016: Indialogue Foundation jointly with Young People for Life India organised a panel discussion on ‘Women Continue to Contribute to Social, Economic, Cultural and Political Achievement’. Panel discussion, interaction and pledge for gender parity marked International Women’s Day at IQbalia International School.
The panel discussion, attended by leading academics, journalists, field experts, volunteers and students cited that the women folk failed to get due consideration and congratulation from the society though it actively takes part in the building of society. The panel discussion was moderated by Mrs. Shobha Gosa, CEO and Founder for Young People for Life India, asking the panellists about their experiences and challenges in their working places as well as giving positive examples of women’s achievements in the society.
The panel started by Dr Shahida, Head Department of Women Education, MANUU saying that “Despite much issues and problems being faced by them, the Indian women deserve an applause while it comes to contributing their bit for the well-being of the society. Women’s role and participation are blatant in the comprehensive development of social, financial, cultural and political strands. But their role is neither highlighted nor congratulated. Thanks to the patriarchal attitude prevalent in the society for extending a raw deal towards women,”
Mrs. Jameela Nishat, Founder Director, Shaheen Women’s Resource and Welfare Association, an Urdu poet shared her experiences with services to uplift the women community and the whole society. Speaking on how patriarchy affects the women empowerment Mrs. Jameela said that it was applying oppressive measures on women. “Patriarchy is a kind of social and gender dictatorship, which oppresses the women,” the leading Urdu poet said.
Special Corresponded and Female Journalist Ms. Nikhila Henry who works currently in The Hindu Newspaper didn’t rule out the presence of gender bias prevailing in media. “Wrong notions are endemic everywhere in the society. Women journalists, who were confined with the feature writing in the media, could ensure their role in writing hard news only after purposeful efforts were taken up,” she said while addressing the gathering. Language of media in a male chauvinist manner also came under heavy criticism. “Women are portrayed as the object of pleasure in most of the media advertisements,” she said.
Furthermore ‘Indialogue Foundation’ and ‘Young People For Life India’ made a “Pledge For Parity” which is campaign of International Women’s Day 2016 declared by United Nation. It was signed up by eminent panellists and participants saying that “Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.” And then the organizers said that this pledge will be sent to United Nation after the panel discussion.
At the end of the session, Indialogue Foundation awarded the prize for the winners of Indialogue National Photo Story Contest and exhibited the photos in the Gallery of IQbalia International School.