On the occasion of International women’s Day, Srishti-Women Cell, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) commemorated International Women’s Day 2017. The celebration began with a theme song on the significance of a mother in every individual’s life, sung by Ms. Radhika (II B. A.). Dr. Sowrabha, faculty of Arts welcomed the guests and the gathering on the occasion.
Highlighting the theme fo Women's Day 2017, 'Be Bold For Change’, and to encourage women to be bolder, stronger and more powerful in all spheres of life, Ms. Varsha Chandrashekar, faculty of Arts shared a note emphasizing the significance of celebration of Women’s Day. She quoted Michelle Obama "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”. She reiterated the fact that International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 worldwide, commemorating the political, social and economic achievements of women. Over the decades, the objective of Women’s Day celebration has evolved and embraced culture and ethnicity to emerge as a celebration of appreciation, respect, and love towards women. Ms. Varsha stated that women empowerment lies in honoring oneself and treating oneself with respect.
There was a formal naming of the Women Cell on the campus by the dignitaries unfolding the name ‘Srishti’ to the audience, the highly voted name by the entire community on the campus, which means ‘Creation itself’.
Ms. Sukanya (III B. A.) introduced the Guest Ms.Smitha Dixit, Radio Jockey at Radio Mirchi, Bengaluru, to the audience.RJ Smitha started her talk on a very positive note of how women have been continuously achieving despite all odds. She shared her journey as a student during college days to career life. She said discipline is the crux of any successful professional. She shared anecdotes which expressed that it was great fun to be an RJ.
Then she moved on to the dimension of work-life balance which takes a back seat for many professionals so also hers. The challenges posed by women in the job and how life outside job demands answers for stereotypical questions on one’s personal lives. But these do not and should not become deterrent factors for a woman to work, she highlighted. She wound up her talk by telling that one has to understand that in a dynamic society like ours there is a dire need for lot more positive changes. ‘Women should never stop but cross the hurdles to emerge as winners in every possible domain today’.
This was followed by recognizing and rewarding Ms. Bhavya (III BID), a specially abled student, who is a true achiever of the campus holding distinction in her academic record. Capt. Dr. Rekha Sinha, Head, Interior Design Department, proudly shared the moment of admission selection process of Ms. Bhavya, which was very objective and not based on emotional stance and was appreciative of Bhavya’s confidence and affirming expression of never letting her down in academic performance. Ms. Bhavya with buoyancy expressed her views on how one has to never give up and consistently work to succeed. She inspired the entire crowd with a smile and zeal to achieve. She also thanked Jain (Deemed-to-be University), faculty and her friends for bringing a constant source of motivation and support for her.
Ms. Anchitha (II B. A.) sang a song on the multifaceted life of women in our society. The song also highlighted the coexistence of dualities of both feminine and masculine powers in Nature. Aligning with the thought Dr. Sowrabha quoted Gloria Steinem ‘A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men’, also stated that ‘women’ has ‘men’, it is men and women and not men versus women, and then she introduced the other guest Ms. Prakhya Bhat, a Management Consultant, Bengaluru.
Ms. Prakhya Bhat shared experiences of her student life at Jain College, and how her batch being first of the kind (NCC) brought laurels to the institution. She inspired students to achieve in spite of hurdles at various levels of family, education, career and such other institutions in the society. She conveyed that it is important to face and challenge the stereotypical thinking and ways, women should stand for women and others not to become judgmental about ways of women but to observe, understand and acknowledge that they have the exceptional qualities of multi-tasking and zeal to never give up. Ms. Bhat narrated her own experience of playing multiple roles, the challenges she faced and how she could reach greater heights with persistent efforts, endurance, and competence.
The two dynamic women achievers truly nourished the students with the theme ‘Be bold for change’, and also shared that they too got inspired being with young minds especially with a ‘live wire’ student Bhavya on the special occasion.
There was a photo gallery show of the two-day activities with a Workshop on ‘Personal Security system’ conducted by Sri. Chakradhari Rowe, Founder & Consultant, Armored Spirit, Bengaluru on 6 March 2017, the next day filled with fun games conducted on the campus for the staff members both teaching and non-teaching, with the help of student volunteers.
Center Head, Prof. Dr. Mythili Rao spoke, motivating the students to be more energetic and participative in every enriching endeavor. She also emphasized that the virtues and practice of truthfulness and integrity are of prime importance to achieve and be successful.
The celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 came to an end with formal vote of thanks by Dr. Sowrabha.