“The society has to get rid of gender bias and usher in gender equality which will make society harmonious, progressive and prosperous,” said Chairperson of National Commission of Women while addressing the Seminar and 3rd Annual Day celebration of Chetana Conscience of Women which coincided with International Women’s day .
“Gender Equality” was the theme of the celebrations and to the surprise of many, women and men equally shared the audience in Constitution Club to express the concern about bringing up equality in society and raising voice against the crimes against women in Delhi as well as across the country. Chetana Conscience of Women (CCW) a voluntary organization working for the empowerment of society in general with a special focus on women has been championing the cause of women in Delhi since its inception.
The program commenced with the lamp Lighting Ceremony and release of 4th edition of Newsletter by Smt. Lalitha Kumarmangalam followed by an insightful keynote address where she elaborated her experiences about gender inequality and how she dealt with them. She also introduced Chetana’s upcoming project “Women cab drivers project” by establishing a women’s driving school and blessing the project.
Smt Pragna Parande (General Secretary of CCW) presented the annual report at the beginning and narrated the journey of Chetana working tirelessly for women empowerment and striving for an equal society with no gender bias.
A vibrant dance performance by students of Ganesh Natyalaya enchanted the audience. Volunteers of Chetana also presented Sufi Devotional Band to enliven the event.
The main highlight was a stimulating panel discussion on Gender equality by eminent panelists who generated huge response from the audience making this discussion lively. Dr. Indu Arneja (President CCW) and a practicing psychologist, chaired the session and initiated the discussion. Dr. Rajiv Mehta (Consultant Psychiatrist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital) presented the “prevalence of gender inequality psychologically while Adv. Ms. Madhavi Divan, (Advocate, Supreme Court), dealt with “prevalence of gender inequality legally”. Rightly so, Ms. Nayana Sahasrabuddhe, (Chief Manager, Bhartiya Mahila Bank), elaborated “prevalence of gender inequality financially and empowerment of women & general society”. Editor of Panchjanya Shri Hitesh Shankar talked of “prevalence of gender inequality in media, female writers/authors and general social issues”.
The event bestowed a special award to M.C Pankaja, who has served society selflessly for more than 3 decades through Prasanna Counseling Center in Bangalore for her outstanding contribution in field of Family counseling. The vote of thanks were proposed by Smt. Jyoti Mujumdar at the end of the program.