JAMMU, Oct 29: Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Jammu (JU) in collaboration with Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF), Jammu chapter and Gandhi Global Family (GGF) J&K organized an interaction session with a group of around 25 women peace volunteers from different walks of life, states, religion, caste and class.
This interaction session was part of the Mahila Yatra, an initiative of GPF Delhi which started from Sabarmati Ashram to different regions including Jammu and Kashmir. The main aim of the rally namely ‘Bridges of Dialogue’ is to inspire and generate confidence in the girls, sensitize the boys and change the outlook of the society towards women.
The main speaker during the interaction session was Jagriti Rahi from Banaras. She highlighted the role of institutions of higher learning towards bridging up and establishing synergy between different stakeholders at different levels of the community. A song presentation on the theme was made by Yashodhar from Uttarakhand, Minati from Orissa and Rupal from Delhi.
A power point presentation was made by Pyoli from Maharashtra wherein she referred to the different historical movements like Rowlatt Act, Salt Satyagraha and Quit India Movement in which women played a significant role.
Prof Dipankar Sengupta, Dean, Placement Cell, JU and Prof Shyam Narayan, Head, Department of History, JU were the key moderators. Prof Sengupta stressed upon the need for dialogue process to defeat all kind of communal forces more specifically in context of J&K.
Prof Shyam Narayan, Head, spoke on Mahatma Gandhi’s reform agenda about women, and stressed upon the manner as to how Mahatma Gandhi contributed not only towards social but even political empowerment.
Earlier, Prof Suman Jamwal, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, in her welcome address apprised the audience about the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi towards bringing women in the main stream during National Struggle for freedom. SP Varma, vice president, Gandhi Global Family, introduced the Peace group to the audience.
Dr Seema Rohmetra, coordinator, GPF Jammu chapter, presented the concept note and introduced the audience to the purpose of ‘Mahila Yatra’ regarding Bridges of Dialogue while Dr Sapna Sangra, co-coordinator, GPF Jammu chapter presented the formal vote of thanks.
Mukherjee Sharma, former Principal Conservator of Forest, G R Bharat, former Commissioner Secretary, J&K Government, Soba Ram, former Director, Hospitality & Protocol, Major General (Retd) Dr Sunita Kapoor, Vaqar Shamas, GGF Coordinator, Bashir Sheikh GGF Ramban & Ankush Varma , faculty, Centre for Women’s Studies, Dr Priyanka Katoch and Dr Saranjit Kaur also attended the programme.