Noida, March 8, 2017: To celebrate Women’s Day, Amity Law School, Noida organized a Panel Discussion on theme ‘Changing Roles of Women in Society Building’ at Amity University, Noida Campus.
The panel discussion was moderated by Ms Karnika Seth, Advocate & Founding Partner, Seth Associates & Legal Consultants, Lex Cyberia with Ms. Ranu Kulshrestha, CSR Associate Vice President and Group Head, Hindustan Power Projects Private Limited; Ms. Aishwarya Bhati, Advocate on Record (AOR), Supreme Court of India and Ms. Avipsha Thakur, Executive Director, Roshni (NGO), Delhi as eminent panelists.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. (Prof.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh said that women have become more powerful than ever and are successfully working by reaching highest echelons in every domain. She apprised that the theme for 2017 International Women’s Day is “Be Bold for Change” which highlights serious issues like women empowerment and gender inequality. Dr. Shukla averred that to celebrate the true spirit of women, one day is not enough as each day brings a new challenge for women who face it with great courage and determination.
Sharing her views, Ms. Ranu Kulshrestha said that Women's Day is celebrated every year to respect the work and achievement of women worldwide, but it is important to acknowledge the struggles of those women who are yet to be empowered. She emphasized that gender inequality still exists and awareness is required to understand that gender equality is not a woman’s issue; it is a human issue which affects every individual in society. Ms Kulshrestha highlighted that women and men are still restricted to some particular roles in society depending on their gender hence, gender sensitization needs to be inculcated amongst youth from the primary stage itself. She encouraged the students to be the face of change by taking small steps towards empowering the deprived such as treating everyone equally, breaking stereotypes, not trivializing serious issues and sharing the burden in terms of responsibility with opposite sex.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Karnika Seth said that womanhood is the genesis of harmony in community, society and nation as whole. She mentioned that there have been changes in society for women empowerment, including in the legal front wherein various amendments, reforms and new offenses are added under criminal laws for protection of women. She opined that such constructive steps assure that even women have the right to live with dignity. Ms. Seth pointed out that with changing times, it is necessary to educate the society for not referring females as the weaker gender. She called upon the women to never inhibit themselves from learning and advised them not to suffer the violence of any form in silence. She averred that society needs to respect the freedom of women. Though, there are many positive transformations occurring yet mindset still needs to be changed.
Ms. Aishwariya Bhati shared the stories of inspirational women who have inspired many by their struggles and fight for justice. She averred that 50 per cent of women population is yet not aware about their potential, which is a loss only to not only an individual but to family, society and the Nation. Ms. Bhati laid stress upon empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors which is essential to build stronger economy of a nation.
During the occasion, Ms Karnika Seth, Advocate & Founding Partner, Seth Associates & Legal Consultants, Lex Cyberia was conferred with Honorary Professorship in Amity Law School.