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Webinar on Legal Provision for Women Protection and Women Empowerment in India

8/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Gender Sensitization Cell of International School of Management organized a webinar on 1 st August 2020. The eminent speaker Ms. Parul Prasad is advocate in Patna High Court also co-convenor, legal cell. The session was inaugurated by the welcome address that was presented by Assistant Prof. Ms. Shilpi Kavita. It is very important for men and women to know the laws citizen of India has to bide with. Ms. Prasad initiated with the rights that are given to women such as women’s right to property. Ms. Parul emphasized that each woman must raise voice against domestic violence that could be mental or physical abuse or torture.

We know that in India even after many provisions made against dowry still it is practised. It is high time for the youth to change their mind-set. They need to understand that payment or acceptance of dowry should be strictly prohibited. It is important to create awareness about the immoral trafficking of women and this should be sensitized. As a sensible citizen, we should know more about Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (1956), Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act (2013) commonly known as POSH Act, Equal Remuneration Act (1976). She also shared the importance of National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (2001) that aims at establishing equality between genders, paving new avenues for the advancement, development and empowerment of women. There is a lack of proper awareness among the Indian women related to the legal provisions that are framed for women protection and women empowerment.

In general, the public talks about the reservation for women in Local Self Government made in the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Acts successfully passed in 1992 by both the houses of parliament, ensure one-third of the total seats for women in all elected offices in local bodies whether in rural areas or urban areas. Ms. Prasad emphasized on the importance of the National Commission for Women (NCW). It was established in January 1992 under the provisions of the Indian Constitution. The objective of the NCW is to represent the rights of women in India and to provide a voice for their issues and concerns. The session went on very well. More than 70 participants actively participated and raised their question which was well answered by the speaker. The participants were mainly students of different institutes across states, faculty and staff of ISM Patna. A vote of thanks was conveyed by Ms. Pooja Dubey.