Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Friday said that women are doing great in every field but from security point of view, women still do not have the freedom to go alone anywhere. Sinha was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Difficult Dialogues 2018 on the theme ‘Gender Equality for everyone’s benefit?’ held at Goa University auditorium.
Sinha also said that for the past forty years she has been visiting different parts of India and other countries to study the status of women all over the world. “By comparing Indian women with women of other countries, I come to the conclusion that there are some similarities and at the same time certain differences” she said.
She spoke about various issues that concern women. She said at present women are facing so many problems mostly they are generated from the concept society has accepted that men and women are same. “We forget a woman is special and deserves special privileges and support from all. A woman deserves proper support, care, education and help from men, family and society and governments also. Proper security is her right,” said Sinha.
She also mentioned that the challenge during this conclave should be on how women while formally rooted to traditional moulds should now look forward to a better and dignified future and achieve progress and prosperity. “During the Difficult Dialogues while discussing women related issues one should also find out where is the root of the problem is and where women are affected and how society and government can solve these issues.”
Speaking about the theme, vice-chancellor of Goa University, Varun Sahni said that we have again chosen a theme that we need to explore in various dimensions from various different perspectives. Sahni said: “In the next couple of days hopefully we are going to delve into issues that are both in the public space and of the private space. We will be discussing what gender itself is and hopefully we will be appealing to some extent and we will be trying to sort of figure out in some ways that inter play between participation, empowerment and perspective.”
He added that the University has partnered with Difficult Dialogues since last year and they hope to carry forward this partnership at least for the next couple of years, also with UCL as well into delving on very important critical difficult issues for which dialogue is necessary.
Sahni also appreciated the Goa University Choir who entertained the audience present there.
Also present on the occasion were registrar of Goa University Y V Reddy, North Goa district collector Nila Mohanan, director ICG, Dona Paula Yatin Kakodkar, members of Difficult Dialogues, members from University College, London, deans of faculties, heads of the departments, faculty members and also delegates of Difficult Dialogues.