First ever transgender rights prog organized by GCoE

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 25: Government College of Education (GCoE) Jammu became the first college in organizing awareness programme on transgender rights.
Arnavi Sharma, first trans-artist of Jammu and Dr Kavita Suri of Jammu University were the Resource Persons on the occasion.
In the inaugural session, Prof Aekta Gupta, Principal of the College applauded the efforts of IQAC, Gender Equity Cell, WDC and SPARSH Committee of the college for organizing such a relevant program for bringing the trans-genders in the mainstream society.
“Government of India introduced Protection of Rights Bill for Transgender Persons in the year 2019 which clearly defines equal opportunities and rights for trans-genders”, she said, adding “our students are being trained as teachers and as teachers they ought to be sensitive about the protection of trans-genders students”.
Arnavi Sharma extensively talked about her difficult journey and how she had to face bullying when she was in school. She narrated all the traumatic experiences that she had experienced in her school days. She appealed to the teachers under training to support transgender students in all possible manners. “Similarly, parents whom every child looks up to as a protector many a times leave their trans-children to fend for themselves and here comes the role of the society”, she added.
The students of the college assured that they will protect the rights of trans-students if they come across in their teaching career. In the second session, Dr Kavita Suri spoke extensively about gender rights. She also talked about gender construct and the traditional beliefs about gender roles. The students were also made aware about LGBTQ Rights.
The program was convened by Prof Shalini Rana, IQAC Convener and Prof Anuradha Chaudhary while the program was conducted adroitly by Dr Shubhra Jamwal, NSS Program Officer of the college.