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Women discuss various aspects of women empowerment

Women’s Manifesto, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi and Human Welfare Foundation are jointly organised a day long event, Women’s Leadership Summit at Department of Social Work, University of Delhi on Saturday, 8th April, 2017.

The event was inaugurated by Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women. She said “the system should be changed and be transparent to ensure safety and security of women in the capital”.

“Even the Commission is not getting proper information of victims from police and other authority. NGOs and activities are denied of information by various departments. The “system” shunned of transparency is raping victims who remain perpetually oppressed, unaware of their rights and legal proceedings. Delay in the legal process and punishment is supportive to culprits not victims. Struggle of Delhi Commission for Women is relevant in these dark times where the legal framework has failed to meet its aims,” she said.

Shabnam Hashmi, eminent social activist, was Guest of Honour in inaugural session. She asserted the need for politicising NGOs to articulate the rights guaranteed by Constitution and safeguard plurality of the nation. The words, actions and slogans of NGOs have to be united to protect rights given by constitution. Prof. Neera Agnimitra, HOD, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi presided inaugural session and Mansoor Ahmad, IPS (Retd.) (Chairman, Human Welfare Foundation), delivered key note address.

Prof. Roop Rekha Varma (former Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University) inaugurated valedictory session. Prof. Sushma Batra, Former Head of the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi was the Guest of Honour and T Arif Ali, (General Secretary, Human Welfare Foundation) presided this session.

Other dignitaries who presented various topics are

Jagmati Sangwan (Social Activist, Haryana),

Ira Singhal IAS (Topper of the UPSC’s Civil Service Examination 2014),

Mariam Dhawale (General Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association),

Rahima Khatun, (Secretary, Nari O Shishu Kalyan Kendra, West Bangal)

A Rahmatunnisa, (Trust member, People Foundation, Kerala)

Rasheda Hussain, IRS (Retd.)

Khalida Parveen (Social Activist and GS Umoomath Society, Hyderabad),

Prof. Pamela Singla and Dr. Pushpanjali, Department of Social Work, DU

Adv. Sneha Gill, (Human Right Law Network)

200 women leaders and NGO representatives participated in the event. Summit discussed various aspects of women empowerment and issues faced by women organisations. Women’s Manifesto Award 2016 was declared in the event.

Dr. Sharnas Muthu, General Secretary, Women’s Manifesto presented concept paper. Program coordinator Dr. Neena Pandey, delivered concluding remark and co- coordinator Umme Fatima delivered vote of thanks, said coordinator Dr. Neena Pandey.

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