GL Bajaj Institute of Management & Research. PGDM Institute, Greater Noida celebrated “International Women's Day” on Thursday, March 11, 2021 under the patronage of Mr Pankaj Agarwal, Vice Chairman, GL Bajaj Educational Institutions.
The Special Guest of the event was Reshma Khatun, Acid Attack Survivor and the other Esteemed Guests were Dr Kcalpana Bhushan, NGO Kcalpana Kala Kendra, President-Creative Artistic Director; Poonam Tyagi, Social Activist; Neha Sharma, Co-Founder & CEO, Operations and Marketing Head, Rajkumari Fashion; Dr Varsha Narayanan, Consultant for Family Medicine and Holistic Health, Founder of Dr Varsha’s Health Solutions, MBBS (Gold medalist), MS (Oph) from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi; Akancha Srivastava, Social Change Leader & Cyber Security Expert, Akancha Srivastava Foundation (India's Largest Social Impact Initiative Against Cyber Harassment) and Binny Ahluwalia, Social Activist and Member of Innerwheel Club, Delhi.
The event started with lighting of ceremonial lamp and invocation of Goddess Saraswati followed by a welcome dance presented by the students of Kcalpana Kala Kendra. Later on, a dance performance was also presented by the students of GLBIMR. Dr Ajay Kumar, Director, GLBIMR emphasized that it’s high time people must celebrate the supreme power of women. He added that from ancient times, women were treated as goddesses.
Reshma Khatun shared her heart wrenching story and how she kept herself positive during those tough times. She added how she faced difficulties in her career after that incident but stood up again and proved everyone wrong. She also motivated all to stay determined and positive to achieve their dreams.
During the session, the esteemed guests shared their viewpoints:
1. Dr Kcalpana Bhushan shared that women were always empowered and they must be given the right to speak and express themselves freely.
2. Poonam Tyagi shared that self-defense must be learned by all women as it would empower them to deal with dangerous situations independently.
3. Neha Sharma shared her own story and emphasized that not just sons but daughters too could bring glory for the family. She further deliberated how strong will power would act as a catalyst to bring the required change.
4. Dr Varsha Narayanan stressed that freedom of choice must be provided to the women so that they could fulfill their aspirations and dreams.
5. Akancha Srivastava stressed on the importance of gender neutrality. According to her, women had less access to opportunities and stated that educated women could support to build a great nation.
6. Binny Ahluwalia emphasized on the need for self-assessment in the society. She added that women hold a crucial place in the society and they must be given due credit and respect.
After that, a Nukkad Natak was performed by the students of GLBIMR which showcased the harsh reality of the society and the various challenges that girls face in their life.
The event acknowledged the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also raised awareness about gender equality.