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Workshop on gender sensitivities begins

State Women’s Rights Commission Chairperson Manjula Manasa interacts with participants at the five day workshop on gender sensitivies that began today.

It Sexual harassment at universities worrisome, says Manjula Manasa with core objective to secure women rights, ensuring equal standards in teaching methods in colleges and universities focusing on gender sensitive issues, while giving high priority for women perceptions, a five-day workshop commenced at Vishvamanava international hostel on Thursday.The workshop is jointly organised by Karnataka state women’s Commission, Samruddhi

The workshop is jointly organised by Karnataka state women’s Commission, Samruddhi Foundation and Achala quarterly for teaching faculties. State Women’s Commission Chairperson Manjula Manasa inaugurated the workshop. Deputy director for Department of women and child development, K Radha, Samruddhi Foundation President Dr R Indira, Achala quarterly editor Dr E Yerriswamy were present.

Delivering inaugural address, Manasa said that increasing number of sexual harassment in the universities is a serious threat to women empowerment. “The government therefore should provide legal literacy to women. By just becoming literate is not enough to enjoy rights accorded by the Constitution but one needs to be well-versed with legal literacy which is essential to protect women’s rights,” she said. “There are many harassment cases witnessed in universities in which many of women are lured of marks and special grants before they are sexually assaulted.”

Expressing her disappointment, she pointed that women study centres in universities were very active during our college days.’They used to conduct various women-related programmes, but now the centres have become lethargic. In many universities across the state, including University of Mysore, there are complaints from working women and students that they have been harassed by men. We have very good laws which are also world famous, but we fail to implement them,” she lamented. “On an average, 10 to 15 cases of divorce have been registered in Bengaluru,” added. Speaking on the occasion, women and child department deputy director K Radha said that public should react against women assault so that enforcement of law could be affective. “Unless there is public cooperation, the women’s rights can’t be implemented effectively.”

‘They used to conduct various women-related programmes, but now the centres have become lethargic. In many universities across the state, including University of Mysore, there are complaints from working women and students that they have been harassed by men. We have very good laws which are also world famous, but we fail to implement them,” she lamented. “On an average, 10 to 15 cases of divorce have been registered in Bengaluru,” added. Speaking on the occasion, women and child department deputy director K Radha said that public should react against women assault so that enforcement of law could be affective. “Unless there is public cooperation, the women’s rights can’t be implemented effectively.”

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