The department of life long learning and extension, Panjab University, in collaboration with Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Sector-11, celebrated International Women’s Day by sensitizing the youth on violence against women. Joginder Mukerjee, chairperson of YWCA, said, “Women of today are autonomous in nature, and have lofty missions to excel in academics and personal and professional lives.” While speaking on gender sensitization, Renu Gandhi, associate professor, PU department of life long learning and extension, said, “Women face so much violence that it has became more or less a social problem rather than an individual one. It is essential to sensitize the youth on women issues.”
Marathon at PU
On International Women’s Day and as a prelude to the annual cultural fest of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Goonj, a marathon was organized at Panjab University on Friday. The marathon took off from the Student Center and covered the university’s north and south campuses. Over 250 persons participated in it enthusiastically. The winners were given away cash prizes and bicycles. The UIET fest will be held from March 15 to 17.
‘Men must participate in women’s movement’
The department-cum-centre for women studies and development, Panjab University, celebrated the day in collaboration with Chandigarh Istri Sabha with a lecture by peace activist Syeda Diep. Diep is founder director, Institute for Peace and Secular Studies, Lahore. The theme of the lecture was, “Women as Messengers of Peace: Past, Present and Future”. In the course of the lecture, she clarified many misconceptions regarding the women of Pakistan. She said, “There is not much difference in the status of women in India and Pakistan. To bring about a change, it is essential for men to participate in the women’s movement.”