CU honors 7 distinguished Women personalities with Women Achiever Award 2017
“We need to empower Rural India Women as 70% of population lives in Rural India and without taking them along will not change in overall scenario in the position and status of women in modern India” said Dr. Garima Mittal (IAS), Additional Secretary Forest & CEO Khadi Board, Government of Haryana. Dr. Garima Mittal was speaking during the National Women Conclave 2017 organized at the campus Chandigarh University Gharuan. Women Achievers all round India took part during the National Conclave 2017 which was organized on the eve of International Women’s Day which falls tomorrow. Chandigarh University honored 8 distinguished personalities from with Women Achievers Award 2017 on the sidelines of the National Women’s Conclave. Those who have been honored included Miss India Tourism Ishika Taneja from the field of Fashion, Former Captain of Indian Women Hockey Team, Pritam Siwach, noted news anchor Nidhi Kulpati in the field of Journalism, Big Boss season 10 participant and model Nitibha Kaul in the field of television & acting, International Sitarist Dr. Renuka Gambhir in the field of Classical Music, Social Activist Dr. Sonia Khullar and Dr. Garima Mittal (IAS) in the field of Civil Services.
Education is Empowering Women and opening new professional avenues in 21st century: Ishika Taneja
The theme for the Conclave was “Indian Women in 21st Century; The Changing Scenario”. Although new fields and areas such as Defense, Research, Science & Technology have been opened up for Women in 21st Century yet freedom to choose & take decisions is missing for Indian Women, said Ishika Taneja. Ishika Taneja is a beauty pageant title holder. She was crowned Miss India Tourism 2016-17. She will represent India at Miss Tourism World 2016-17 to be held in Spain. Ishika also holds a Guinness World Record for “Most Faces Airbrushed in One Hour” under which she implemented – 60 makeups in 60 minutes.
Freedom to choose and take personal decisions is the true sense of Women Empowerment
While speaking on the occasion, marketing professional turned model, Nitibha said, “Education is empowering Indian Women and it is encouraging to see more girls are taking up professional education as it will lead to economic freedom for women when they choose to join a particular profession”. India currently ranks 135th among the 147 countries on the Global Women Empowerment Index which clearly shows that by merely celebrating Women Day every year will not resolve the issues which concerns in the modern era, said Nidhi Kulpati, senior journalist and news anchor. She further added that, “Nearly 50% of the Indian Women are not being paid for the services they render as a house wife and that leads to economic dependence on their male counterpart”. Dr. Sonia Trikha Khullar, Social Activist citied lack of political will & society mindset which thinks that Women cannot lead that has resulted in blockage of Women Reservation Bill in Parliament for more than 22 year.
“Indian Women is being acknowledged for their achievements as in the field of Sports where many women sportspersons have made the country proud by winning medals at Olympics and other International Sporting events, said former captain Indian Women Hockey Team, Pritam Siwach. The former captain who has represented India in the Olympics is currently running a Hockey Training Academy at Sonipat where more than 160 women players are getting trained in the national sport. Dr. Renuka Gambhir, International Sitarist played live for the audience on the occasion.