A group of volunteers of Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College (GGDSD),Chandigarh,Spirit India,working under an NGO Aavahan,got an opportunity to interact with Professor Jyotsna Chander from the Department of Mathematics in Wisconsin University on Tuesday.
Principal Dr A C Vaid,welcomed Jyotsna Chander and appreciated her involvement in social projects of great value. A state-level Women Leadership awardee from the University of Wisconsin and founder president of an NGO Shama in the USA,Chander has been for the last 23 years,enlightening Americans about the Indian civilization.
Jyotsna Chander emphasised that the character of the society is recognized by the way the people treat their women. She highlighted the need to take one small step every day towards positive social change and appealed to the government to make our streets safe for women,especially at night. Structural changes are required in our system to ensure empowerment of women by giving them opportunities to hold positions of power, she said.
A dialogue followed her talk with the volunteers of the group. Subjects like female foeticide,dowry and property rights of females were discussed at length. Students confided that at times they feel helpless in front of their families when issues like dowry are discussed. Chander lauded the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers and specially the male students for making a resolve to build social pressure against those who indulge in eve-teasing and disrespect women.
Chander also organises cultural programmes to raise funds to help and empower destitute families in villages at ten different locations in India and is in the country these days to start a trail brazing 21st century program WOW Women On Wheels in collaboration with AIWC in New Delhi. As part of this programme,so far,10 women taxi drivers have been trained and a first women garage is going to be opened in Janakpuri,New Delhi. It is an effort to provide women taxi drivers during the Commonwealth games scheduled to be held in New Delhi in 2010.