Lady Shri Ram College celebrated International Women’s Day through an enriching cultural and intellectual interaction on 8th March 2018. A team of 35 delegates attended and participated in this joyful celebration. The delegation comprised of delegates from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Students and Professors from Soka University-Japan were also present.
An inauguration of the Exhibition put up by the College Library, highlighting the stories and experiences of women leaders and their struggle. The visitors were overwhelmed by the impressive display and were touched by the myriad colours and diversity in India, and how far we have come.
To add to the cultural exchange of this event, students from the Soka University presented a dance performance and songs stemming from their Japanese roots. The students of LSR Choreography Society also put up a performance revolving around the idea of conventional standards of “beauty” and the need to break away from it.
After an informal discussion over tea break, a Conference revolving around the issues of Gender Equality in Developing Countries took place. Delegates form different countries put forward their viewpoints. The session started with Mr. Gautamfrom Mauritius reciting a poem on “Hope”, dedicating it to his mother whom he considers the reason behind his success and strength.
Mr. Francis from Nigeria said, “If you educate a woman, you educate the entire household.” He went onto talk about the importance of reducing the drop-out rates of females in Universities and educating women around the world.
Delegates from Syria spoke about their experience of living far away from the city back home, and the struggles of travelling to school every-day. However, she mentioned her gratefulness at getting the opportunity to study and educate herself, which in turn has allowed her to represent her countries in International forums. Delegates from Africa talked about the statistics in their countries and the probable solutions to those problems.
A JMC Alumna from Africa fondly recollected her memories in India, and gave anecdotal reference of her mother bringing up 7 daughters, all with different views and ideas. She stressed on the importance of empowering daughters, and giving women the power to make their own decisions.
Students and Professors from Japan elaborated on the “Glass Ceiling” that exists even in the Developed Countries wherein women do have accessibility in educational spheres, including higher education, but do not have the same opportunities in the workplace scenario.
Throughout this insightful discussion, DrSuman Sharma, Principal LSR gave relevant and thought provoking references from various research studies and anecdotes, highlighting the need to include men in Women’s Movement. She spoke about how the struggle is the same for women. It does not matter whether they are in Asia, Africa or Latin America.