As part of Learn2Apply, School of Graduate Studies, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized a workshop on ‘Education and Gender Justice’ in collaboration with Visthar, NGO, Bengaluru. Action Aid and Swaraj also joined hands in this event which was a part of global initiative to stop violence against women and make education safe for all.
Ms. SagayaShanthi, Program Coordinator, Visthar, Ms. Nandini. B. K., Senior Program Officer, Action Aid, Ms. Anasuya from Swaraj presided over the event.
Ms. Nandini’s session was an eye opener with three case studies depicting different forms of violence experienced by educated women and conveying how the education system has continuously promoted patriarchy and gender stereotyping.
The I year BA students performed a mime which portrayed the co-existence of gender-based dualities in our society.
Ms. Shanthi spoke on the existent devadasi system in Karnataka and the ways in which education has taken over a transformatory role in uplifting the lives which were caught up in the practice of social evil. She also conveyed the message sent by Ms. Mercy for the occasion which was through a poem by Maya Angelou, ‘I Rise’ and a short documentary ‘Mann KeManjere’, which is based on the true story of a woman who walked out with her daughter out of an abusive and violent marriage and found non-stereotypical alternatives for living and making a living.
The III year BA students performed a skit portraying the instance of domestic violence in family and how legal proceedings help to gain justice. It also conveyed a very strong message of importance of girl’s education in achieving equitable society.
Ms. Shwetha, Founder, HOPE and a student of II year BA spoke to the audience about her experiences during a trip to Srilanka as part of UN initiative on Human Rights and inspired students that they should be the change in society to promote equality and voice the same in every action of theirs.