The CWS kickstarted its programmes for the academic year 2020-2021 with the webinar series on the broad overarching theme of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity. The maiden webinar in this series witnessed two eminent women who have carved a niche for themselves.
Prof. Dr. Sonajharia Minz, an alumna of the 1986 M.Sc Mathematics batch and currently Vice- Chancellor of the Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumba, Jharkhand, spoke on the theme of Women as Change Agents- A Special focus on Education. She spoke about the relevance of education, particularly of girls and women and the role played by women as change agents. The next speaker was Ms. Nagako Okado from Japan. She is the Chair of the Gender Equity Committee of the Asia-Pacific Alliance of YMCAs and the English-Japanese interpreter at the British Embassy, Tokyo and Seisen University, Japan. She spoke on the topic Human Dignity, Peace and Gender: What is Peace to you?. She emphasized on the need for a commitment to work towards gender justice and peace. According to her, “peace exists in a society where the dignity of each person is protected and people can live as human beings.”
The large gathering of participants found the talks to be informative, meaningful and proactive. The Webinar started with prayer by the College Chaplain Rev. C.S.E Ross, followed by the College prayer read out by the Bursar Mr. Cyrus Kallupurackal. The Coordinator of the Centre for Women’s Studies, Dr. Ann Thomas welcomed the participants and introduced the speakers. The Principal Dr. P. Wilson spelt out the need for contextualising the programs of the CWS and exhorted the CWS to have a thrust on academic dimension too in its charter of programs. The Webinar concluded with the closing prayer by the Associate Chaplain Rev. Lalthanzuala Chongthu and the Benediction was pronounced by Rev. John Prasad, Director, Centre for Peace Studies.