Panjab University (PU)’s Department of Life Long Learning and Extension (DLLL&E) celebrated International Literacy Day at Dhanas village Tuesday. About 70 women from the village participated in the celebrations.
Speaking on the importance of literacy and education, Dr Prabha Vig from DLLL&E said, “Literacy is a human right and a very important tool of personal empowerment. It is a must for sustainable development of the society.”
Addressing the issue of gender equality on the occasion, Professor Sween said, “Women are not born weak but are made weak by society as they grow up. The attitude of elders in the society and economic compulsions are the main reasons for secondary status of women.” She added that in order to uplift the status of women, a four-pronged strategy was required. “Women need to be given education, employment leading to earning capacity, knowledge on health and lastly, there has to be an attitudinal change.”
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Dr P S Kang further apprised the women of how to segregate kitchen waste from plastic/metallic waste.
Dr Gaurav Gaur from the Centre for Social Work at PU, who handles the university’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, distributed 50 tulsi saplings among the women.