Srinagar|Mar 18: One day seminar ‘Balance For Better’, celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 was held here at Gandhi Bhawan University of Kashmir on Monday.
The event was organized by Centre For Women’s Studies
and Research University of Kashmir.
Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Professor Talat
Ahmad while presiding over the seminar appreciated the working of Women’s
Studies and Research Centre KU.
He said that having courses related to women is very
important for any educational institute as benefitting women in any way would
ultimately benefit the society.
Praising the role of the University in empowering women
Prof Talat said that the varsity has created many opportunities for women. “We
have out-reach programs for women who are not able to reach to university.”
Prof Talat assured that he would facilitate all the
recommendations given by the centre to make better the working of the Women’s
Studies and Research Centre.
Ex -State Vigilance Commissioner and Retired Principal
District Session Judge Gous-ul-Nissa Jeelani who was the guest of honour, in
her key note address said that women everywhere face many challenges and that
gender discrimination is ingrained into the sub-consciousness of our society.
“There is a conventional mindset operating in the
society working on the pattern of men being earners and women being
care-takers, while the most important empowering tool for women is financial
independence, so there is a lot that needs to be done to modify the mindset of
our society,” she said.
Jeelani also added that there are meaningful differences
that exist between men and women, they however should not amount to inequality.
“Gender equity is the key concept in addressing the
issues relating to inequalities instead of gender equality.”
Dean College Development Council KU Prof Neelofar Khan
who was the special guest on the occasion said that ever since the inception of
Women Studies Centre at the University there has been immense support from the
She said that the department has been working with a
lot of zest to uplift women. “Advocacy and capacity building are among other
the mandate of the centre,” Prof Khan added.