Updated: March 7, 2021 2:20:43 am
“A challenged world is an alert one and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge and forge a gender-equal world”: this is the motto of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.
Efforts to raise awareness against bias and ensure action towards equality has now been addressed by the Pune Municipal Corporation, which will release two short films on March 8.
Dr Kalpana Baliwant, appropriate authority for implementing the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, told The Indian Express that due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and need to maintain social distancing, they have decided to release two short films that portray the problems faced by women and the importance of educating girls in rural areas. The main idea is to bring about a change in societal mindset.
“Our young boys need to be told that it is important to stand with women and girls in their daily struggles to eradicate patriarchal and sexist attitudes, so that they can have access to equal freedom and respect. The film hence shows real-life situations. For instance, a woman who returns home after a long day at work finds her husband has cooked a nice meal for her. In another situation the mother of the boy demands dowry from the girl’s parents at a meeting at the latter’s house. The boy, however, counters his mother and says that he will not take dowry,” said Dr Baliwant.
Krishna Ovhal of Paaywaat Films Production, who was selected via a tendering process to make these short films, said local actors were involved in the short films to step up awareness on the need to keep “our girls safe and happy”.
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Meanwhile, a series of events has been planned to celebrate International Women’s Day, The Indian Radiological Imaging Association or IRIA has planned an event via the virtual platform to felicitate a woman radiologist from each state. A competition on essay writing with the theme ‘choose to challenge’ will also be organised. Members of IRIA have been asked to celebrate by offering discounts on scans and tests, said Dr Sandeep Kavthale, secretary general of IRIA.
The State Women’s Commission, which has its HQ in Mumbai, will now open six regional offices on International Women’s Day – at Pune, Nagpur, Konkan, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nashik. One regional office will be set up in each of the revenue divisions and inaugurated on March 8. So, in Pune division, complaints from Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur will be heard via an online process. District-level Mahila Bal Vikas Bhavans will also be set up, Dr Hrishikesh Yashod, Women and Child Development Commissioner, told The Indian Express.
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