BY LAKSHMIPRIYA G.D
Hyderabad: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are weak because you are a woman. Be ready for the struggle to chase your dreams”, quotes Ms. B. Sumathi, IPS (DCP, North Zone Hyderabad) on the occasion of Mahila Vasanthotsavam in connection to the International Women’s day celebrations, organized by the Educational Multi Media Research Center (EMMRC) on 15th march at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU).
The two hour felicitation program was hosted by Prof. Sunaina Singh, EFLU Vice Chancellor on behalf of the guest of honour Ms.Jwala Gutta, the famous Indian Badminton Star. The program stressed upon the powerful role of women in the society and how important it is for them to assert their own identity. Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality and freedom, but there is still a long distance to cover. The society is not ready to neither accept their talents nor provide them proper protection and security apart from the law enforcement agencies.
In the wake of globalization, the brutalities against women have become an urgent matter of concern. The child marriages are still practicing in some areas of India where young brides under thirteen are becoming sacrificial goats and are being tortured for no reasons. Sumathi pointed out the increasing dowry problems as one of the worst problems in India which should be banned. She talked about the well establishment and smooth running of SHE Teams, the Hyderabad special police team implemented to ensure the security of women. The attacks against women and children had decreased to 58 % after SHE teams came into action. She also appreciated the VC’s initiative in building up Sunaina Singh foundation for the education of girls from deprived sections of the society.
Women are well showcasing their talents in every field like sports, business, etc…The Sports Authority of India is encouraging woman athletes as they are well placed in the world. “My father told me at a very young age to fight for what I believed in and no matter that you are a girl”, says Jwala Gutta. She cautioned male students not to hurt anyone, especially women on social media. In her conclusion speech, she also discussed on her idea of opening a Badminton Academy in Hyderabad to nurture the young upcoming future sport stars.
Prof Sunaina Singh added on the importance of educating the girl child and encouraged them to achieve success through Determination, Dedication, and Discipline. On this occasion, the Foundation had distributed meritorious scholarships for eighteen poor girls from various schools surround Hyderabad. The program also felicitated the women staff of EMMRC for their prestigious dedication in the field of media and research.