Women Development Cell, Shivaji College Hosts International Conference on Women’s Leadership for Global Peace and Prosperity

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Women Development Cell of Shivaji College, University hosted an international conference on Women’s Leadership for Global Peace and Prosperity on January 9-10. The event began with the national anthem followed by the lighting of the lamp by all the dignitaries.

The inaugural ceremony began with a welcoming speech from our director, Dr Shashi Nijhawan. The guest of honor of the day, Prof. DP Singh, President of the UGC. The keynote speaker, Professor Margaret Rose Hunt, Department of History, University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Ms. Harjinder kaur Talwar, National President of FLO and Founder of Comvision, addressed the assembly, highlighting light women working at the base, middle and upper levels of any organization. Professor SC Bhatla, Department of Botany, University of Delhi, enlightened the audience on the importance of educating women.

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The WDC conference then continued with Session I: Women’s Education: Scientists and Innovators, chaired by Dr Darshan Malik. Also Dr. Rita Bencivenga as a speaker. Then the conference had its last event of the day1

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Session II: Women’s Safety in Domestic, Public and Work Spaces which was chaired by Prof. Margaret Rose Hunt and the speakers were Empowered Women like Ms Heather Dawn Morse and Prof. Usha Tandon.

The second day of the International Conference on January 10 began with session 3 on the theme “Women as decision-makers and their role in the political / economic sphere”. The session was chaired by Dr Renu Batra. The speakers for the session were – Ms. Nayana Sahasrabuddhe, Prof. Bhagyashree S. Verma and Prof. Wendy Faye Singer
The next event of the day was the Jijabai Award Ceremony, which honors heroes who have worked hard in the field of women’s empowerment. The guest of honor and the guest of honor were Smt. Baby Rani Maurya and Ms. Surina Rajan, IAS, respectively. Smarita Sengupta, Shafiqur Rahman Khan, Lakhimi Baruah, Anita Gupta and Masooma Rizvi received the Jijabai Awards.

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The event ended successfully with a cultural evening featuring Meri Zindagi, India’s premier female rock band, performing songs with lyrics that raise awareness for various social causes.

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Mara R. Wilmoth