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JU Faculty chair sessions at National Conference at Delhi

JAMMU: Dr. Samridhi Arora (Associate Professor) and Dr. Sarika Manhas (Associate Professor) from the Department of Home Science (Human Development), University of Jammu chaired two different technical sessions at the recently concluded XVI National Conference of Indian Association for Women's Studies (IAWS) organized on the theme ‘Constitutional Principles in 21st Century India: Vision for emancipation' held at National Law University, New Delhi from 28th to 31st January, 2020.

IAWS is a voluntary, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 involving scholars, researchers, students, activists, practitioners and professionals working for gender equality.

The conference is a foreground for dynamic, diverse voices of women and other marginalized groups, drawing also from the rich and growing data bases.

Dr. Samridhi Arora chaired the session on the sub theme "Work and education policies: Challenging patriarchal constructs'. She talked about gender in relation to education, and mentioned that education and employment are essential tools for women's empowerment.

A total of nine presentations were made by speakers from various universities, NGOs and women Studies Centres on the topics related to gender parity in classrooms, content analysis of textbooks, Finding the Missing Men:, Gender Budgeting and Education in Kerala, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Commitment and Employee Empowerment, Action Research on girls education by Shodini.

Dr. Sarika Manhas chaired the session on the sub theme ‘Citizens, laws and Right to life'. Speaking on the occasion she stated that it is critical to engage with the constitution in critical and creative ways to re-imagine women's emancipation and challenge the current frontiers of knowledge and action.

A total of six papers were presented in the session on topics related to sexual and reproductive rights of women, adoption and women, labour room violence, rights of sex workers and impact of Sabrimala verdict on the Indian society. The session concluded with a discussion attended by researchers of national and international repute.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Samridhi Arora and Dr. Sarika Manhas are actively involved in research on various issues of societal importance. Dr. Arora focuses on early childhood care and education, child rights, tribal studies and women health and wellbeing.

Dr. Manhas is actively involved in research focusing on persons with disabilities, disadvantaged women, adolescent reproductive health and positive parenting.

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