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‘Being women does not make them submissive’

Seminar on woman empowerment on International Human Rights Day

photo-2Udaipur : Just being women does not make them submissive at all, but the mindset of society and social situations restrict them to the margin, academicians and professionals arrived on a consensus here on Saturday. On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, a seminar on ‘ Forget the Second World Story’ was organized by the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation. Key note speaker and retired IAS officer K.S Mony spoke on the legal framework of Human Rights with special reference to human rights.

“ Though a matriarchal society may keep a woman assured of her property rights, but that does not guarantees equality of opportunities in education, livelihood etc” Mony said. Another panelist Runa Maitra shared her experience in the field of HR training and dealt with issues like POSH( prevention of sexual harassment at work), independent woman directors on in boards in large companies. Harsha Singh, a TV journalist spoke about her experiences of interacting with rural women whom she said were seen equally capable to assert their rights like any educated woman in the city area.

photo-1Professor Rajeshwari Narendran an expert in HR training emphasized on the needs of bringing about a change in the mindset of people right from the upbringing of their children. Not discriminating between sons and daughters, letting the daughters opt a career they want are the basics parents should understand, Narendran said. In the interactive session retired Professor Mahesh Sharma said a misleading image of Meera has been perceived in history. Rather than being known for her ‘Krishna Bhakti’ Meera should be known for her strong will as she refused to burn herself as a ‘Sati’ on her husband’s pyre that couldn’t be expected of any women of the royal family then.

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