The incident of mass molestation of a woman in Bengaluru on the New Year Eve once again brings the issue of extreme violence against women in our society to the fore. A women getting assaulted openly and in several other ways is of grave concern and hence, to sensitize the youngsters about the issue the Women’s Forum wing of Kaveri College had organized a lecture on ‘Gender Discrimination’ by renowned social activist Alka Joshi on 5th January 2017. Dr. S.B. Kharosekar, Principal, Mrs. Suchismita Mohanty, Vice Principal, Mrs. Chitra Alavani, Student Welfare Officer, Mrs. Pooja Ambole, Chairperson, Woman’s Forum were also present on the occasion.
In his welcome Speech, Dr.S.B.Kharosekar, emphasized on the need of such programs to be organized by educational institutions to make students aware of the issues related to gender discrimination and thereby sensitize them about gender equality in a profound way. He affirmed that the patriarchal social system needs to be uprooted to bring in the gender equality in society.
Social Activist Alka Joshi made the students aware of the different ways in which women are discriminated in our society. She said that a woman starts facing discrimination from the day she is born, and she continues facing it in sectors such as Education, Job, Politics, and Cinema etc. She also talked about the violence against women and said that the dismal law & order, and the insensitivity of the police force to crimes against women are a big deterrent in stopping the increasing violence against them. She asserted that today we need to build a strong women’s movement which also includes in its fold sensitive men to end violence against women.
A short movie by Anurag Kashyap, ‘The Day After Every Day’ and a short documentary on Nirbhaya incident were also shown to the students. Both the films talked about the issues related violence against women and gender sensitization. After the screening of movies, Alka Joshi took questions from the students.
The program was compered by Mrs. Priya Deshmukh.