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JU organises 3rd Web Talk

JAMMU: Continuing the Web talk series, University of Jammu organised the 3rd Web talk on ‘Women and COVID 19' which was delivered by Prof Vishav Raksha, Director Centre for Women Studies and Professor Department of Sociology which was attended by more than 100 participants across different universities including Dubai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Tamil Nadu and many faculty members and scholars from JU.

Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu who was the Chief Guest of the talk in his opening remarks voiced his satisfaction over the efforts put in by the Media cell, JU in organising these talks. Prof Dhar remarked that it is a very positive use of the time on hand wherein University faculty is coming forward and sharing their expertise in different fields with the scholars across India and other countries as well.

He appreciated the theme of the talk and agreed on the much needed acknowledgment and inclusion of women sensitive measures in managing the COVID 19 pandemic crisis. He appreciated the views expressed by the speaker.

Prof Vishav Raksha in her talk deliberated in detail how the pandemic crisis is affecting men and women differently and how this difference is observed more in societies like India where rigid hierarchies of gender, caste and class exist very firmly. Quoting in detail the UN Policy brief on impact of COVID 19 on women, she elaborated the four dimensions in which the women have been severely hit by the pandemic crisis.

These included the first which is the Economic impact on the women who do paid work in both formal and informal sectors, how the lockdown arising out of COVID crisis is taking away their jobs and how they were experiencing the challenge of working amidst these times especially the healthcare workers including nurses and doctors.

The second is the impact on their health wherein the attention on the crisis has taken away the other required health resources and support systems for women resulting in increased health issues among them.

The third is the burden of Unpaid Care work the women have to bear in this crisis as all other service providers including domestic workers are also stranded and all members of the family including men and children besides the old and infirm are at home.

The domestic care work has multiplied manifold and in case the woman has a paid job she also has ‘work from home' responsibility for the paid job.

They are bearing double burden. This has resulted in mental stress and physical tiredness, thus giving rise to need of taking care of women's mental health. The fourth and the most important dimension is of gender related violence that women face which has increased in these times.

More cases of Domestic violence and abuse are being reported from across the world. She argued that reaching the women in distress needs to be classified as an essential service.

She also spoke about the Digital world becoming the real world now and how women and especially mothers are facing the challenge of online teaching and online learning. She ended with a suggestion to be cautious in using terms like social distancing which should be understood as physical distancing and not taking away the social solidarity which is much required.

The talk was followed by a very interesting question answer session. It was moderated by Dr Vinay Thusoo.

Among those who attended the talk included Prof Anurag Gangal, Prof Suman Jamwal, Prof Shyam Narayan, Prof Arti Bakshi, Prof Pawanesh, Prof Anil Raina, Prof Samridhi Arora, Prof Swati Shirwadkar, Prof Abha Chauhan, Dr Hema Gandotra, Dr Vikram Gulati, Dr Deepika Salathia, Dr Monika Narang, Dr Pallvi Sachdeva, Heads, Directors, Faculty members, Research scholars and students.

The talk was concluded by Dr Vinay Thusoo.

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