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We do believe that cutting-edge understanding of our country’s and the world’s future should and can be seen through public policy perspective, the policy of dialogue between different social and political groups, the policy that encourages the states' and public leaders’ accountability, open to expressed views of the public, analytical community, intellectuals and global citizens.
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The day started with the small introduction by Deputy Department Head Sanjay K. Rajhans, who talked about the importance of discussion, critical thinking and student initiatives in terms of women's rights.
He encouraged students to think beyond the customary and ritualistic observation of this day beyond “bouquet and gifts and to ponder in the larger frame work of the “ rights of Woman”, their achievements and aspirations, most notably in the non- western societies and the global south. It is quite pertinent that occasions like these do generate awareness for the issues that concerns us all transcending all divisions based on geographical boundaries, political regimes and the socio-cultural settings.
This has to be highlighted that despite the great advancement made by the industrialized and democratic spaces, the issue of parity is a big concern even there.Following the lecture there were two presentations presented by the public policy student council. The first presented by You Li, introduced the audience to theoretical concepts regarding women's rights, feminism and activism. The material of the presentation sparked a debate about conceptualization of these terms and gave the participants a platform to voice their opinions and concerns about changes in such modern movements and the fourth wave of feminism.
The second presentation by our council members Iastrebova Maria and Fremer Sophia was aimed at highlighting the lack of women in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, and other issue such as, equal pay and the absence of gender-sensitive teaching materials.
A heated discussion followed and participants also shared their experiences of the gender gap, glass ceiling and negative stereotypes. The presentations also encouraged cultural exchange, as the participants were from a range of countries and various issues regarding to women's rights in different societies were shared and discussed.
Participants also took part in an activity prepared by the council aimed at creating a better understanding of women's rights issues from around the world. Participants were divided into three countries: Russia, South Korea and Bolivia and asked to make short presentations.
Topics such as the patterns of women’s actions in leadership positions and the decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia, impeachment to president in South Korea received the most attention. They were supported by recent statistical data and research.
A screening of the documentary “The girls of Taliban” shed the light on women’s right issues in some non-western societies. The event was followed by a discussion on how public policy can address human rights violations and what other alternatives exist in nonwestern societies, which could help women achieve equal rights.
The student Chamber organizes many events in order to raise awareness on human rights and public policy issues, please follow our Facebook page for more information on our events.
Text prepared by Fremer Sophia and Bhurgri Mahrukh, first-year students of Political Analysis and Public Policy programme