JAMMU, may 8: Priya Sethi, former minister and MLA today said women oriented policies launched by both state as well as central government including that of statutory maternity leave and other family-friendly policies have benefited working women to maintain continuity in their employment in their respective jobs while taking care of their children as well. She added that women who return to work commensurate with their skills and experience.
Priya Sethi was the chief guest at ‘Networking Event’ organised by Smt. Shanti Gupta Centre for Women’s Studies, MIER College Of Education in collaboration with Anisha Safaya, founder of DISHA, and reigning queen for Mrs. India Universe 2017 here today. Dr. Renu Gupta, Vice Chairperson MIER, was the special guest on the occasion.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry also graced the occasion.
Speaking on the occassion Priya Sethi said carrier oriented women in West too have started taking breaks for better upbringing of their wards but return to their respective jobs with dignity and much effort, energy and enthusiasm. She advised women not to get cowed down by any pressure and contribute in socio-economic upliftment of society and their family by returning to their jobs whenever they desire but with much vigour.
She said women had been doing wonders be it in politics, science and technology, academics, sports, art, journalism, law, music, fine arts, business, banking and civil service besides multitasking to keep a balance between their family and work. Election of Mehbooba Mufti as state’s first Chief Minister and that of Nirmala Sitharaman as country’s defence minister says a lot about women empowerment.
Smt. Shanti Gupta Centre for Women’s Studies, MIER College Of Education (Autonomous) organized a ‘Networking Event’ on 8th May 2018 in collaboration with Mrs. Anisha Safaya, founder of DISHA, and reigning queen for Mrs. India Universe 2017. Eminent women personalities from diverse fields across Jammu region had been invited as speakers to inspire the participants with their success stories.
Co host of the event Mrs. Anisha safaya, Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar and Director, Directorate of Quality Assurance, University of Jammu and Dr. Gurmeet Kour, Incharge, Drug De- Addiction Centre, Psychiatry Hospital, Jammu were the eminent speakers for the event. Some prominent women personalities graced the occasion with their august presence and also interacted with the speakers and the audience. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp of Learning by the Women Dignitaries. Mrs. Rupa Gupta, Joint Director, MIER extended a formal welcome to the Chief Guest, dignitaries, the faculty and staff of Model Academy and MIER college.
A documentary was shown about DISHA,“The Multifaceted SHE”, by Mrs. Anisha Safaya. The project aims to help, women to get back to work post career break, motivate and inspire women who want to get back to work but don’t know how to manage it. Not only does the project focuses on getting women back to work but also helps women feel valued and inclusive during their career break. It also aims at businesses to have a common platform for these job seekers to talk about their programmes and trainings
Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, in her address deliberated on planning wisely before taking a sabbatical. She said that an unplanned break can do much damage. It can go on for longer than one intends and can become hard to explain to future employers. Breaks should be planned carefully by setting an end date and having back up plans in place. She further added that networking is one of the most important tools one can arm herself with when taking a career break. A strong support system of colleagues and professional contacts can smoothen the way back to the position.
Dr. Gurmeet Kour, spoke about staying updated and motivated. She said that it is crucial to do everything to stay up to date with what is happening in our line of work. She suggested to women to take online courses, join discussion forums, do their research and keep learning. It would not make sense to return to work with no idea about the newest technology or trend.
Dr. Renu Gupta, congratulated Mrs. Anisha Safaya for her concern for women and the great efforts put in to bring back women to work after gaps in their careers due to personal reasons beyond their control. She also dwelt on the different challenges faced in their careers and work place due to being women. These challenges can be overcome with networking support and handholding by other likeminded mature women occupying positions in decision making.
Women leaders should promote women’s agenda as part of their commitment so that young women’s issues and needs can be addressed and resolved. For this she said, we need to empower women through the process of education, developing skills, knowledge – in fact their competencies, so that at any given time they can come up in their careers.
A live interactive session followed where the eminent women guests also expressed their views. Mementos were presented to the worthy chief guest and other dignitaries as a token of gratitude.
Ms. Monika Rathore, Incharge CWS formally thanked the chief guest, the dignitaries and the faculty members for sparing their valuable time for making the programme successful. The program was ably conducted by Mrs. Manju Wali, Cultural Convener Modal Academy.