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Centre for Women's Studies, JU concludes COVID 19 Special Webinar Series

JAMMU: The Centre for Women's Studies, University of Jammu successfully concluded COVID 19 Special web lecture series comprising Five Special webinars on the theme Gender Bias and stereotyping, Gender Equality and Women's rights spread over the month of August as per the direction of the UGC.

The concluding Special Web lecture was delivered by Nitu, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Central Reserve Police Force, New Delhi entitled "Claiming Spaces and Marking Horizons: Women in Challenging Professions" on Saturday, 29th August 2020.

The webinar was presided over by Prof Manoj K Dhar, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu. It was moderated by Prof Vishav Raksha, Director, Centre for Women's Studies, JU.

Prof Dhar, in his opening remarks applauded the efforts undertaken by the Centre to organize the series of web lectures. Further he appreciated that the Centre was able to bring in the eminent experts across the states to share their knowledge with the participants thus raising the various issues related to women and Gender equality. The key speaker Nitu deliberated upon how some professions still remain challenging and have a specific gender orientation.

She spoke about the half life that women in uniform lead as it requires a lot of sacrifice, balance, strength and an extra mile to be able to perform and claim the space which otherwise is denied. She also highlighted the barriers and challenges faced by women professionals in male dominated professions and also the positive changes that society is bringing in.

Earlier four Webinars were organized by the Centre on 6th , 18th, 20th and 27th August, 2020 respectively. The first inaugural web lecture was on the theme "Constitution of India and Empowerment of Women and Girls: Challenges Ahead in COVID 19 times" and was delivered by Prof. Vibhuti Patel Former Professor, Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Mumbai wherein She highlighted about the violation of women's rights and gendered experiences in prevailing pandemic situation. The Chief Guest was Prof. Naresh Padha, the Dean Academic Affairs, University of Jammu,

The Second lecture of the web lecture series was on "Gender and Disability: New Challenges in COVID-19 scenario" and was delivered by Prof. Nilika Mehrotra, Professor CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi wherein she spoke about the various issues and challenges faced by the physically disabled persons especially in this present COVID-19 scenario. It was presided over by Prof. Jasbir Singh, the Dean Social Sciences, University of Jammu.

The third lecture was on "Male Marriage Squeeze and Violence against Cross Region Brides" which was delivered by Dr. Neerja Ahlawat Former, Dy. Director, Women's Studies Centre & Faculty, Department of Sociology, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak and she spoke about the phenomenon of declining sex ratio in Haryana which has led to male marriage squeeze and violence against the cross region brides.

The fourth lecture was on "Common land in Punjab: Interplay of Caste, Gender and Power" which was delivered by Prof. Pampa Mukherji, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

She spoke about the status and problems faced by the marginalized communities namely women and Dalits in terms of caste, land ownership and utilization of common resources. The web lecture was presided over by Prof. Rekha Chowdhary, former Dean Research Studies, University of Jammu.

The Web Lectures were attended by a large number of participants comprising teachers, students, scholars of various disciplines across the different states as well as from the different departments of the University of Jammu including students from the Certificate Courses of the Centre for Women's Studies. The participants very actively took part in the discussions which were followed by the Lectures.

The formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Saranjit Kaur, faculty of the Centre.

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