The department of sociology, MES College organised their annual inter-collegiate event ‘Socio-Expressions’. This year’s theme was Status and Role of Women in Post-Liberation Goa: Issues and Challenges.
Chief guest for the inaugural function of the seminar was chief officer, Mormugao Municipal Council, Deepali Naik.
The programme began with a welcome address by vice-principal, Rekha Gaonkar. Head of department, sociology, Sonal Thakker introduced Naik and provided a brief overview of the inception of the Sociology Study Circle since the year 1988.
Assistant professor, Jessy Coutinho highlighted the aim of organising such student-oriented activities which motivate young minds to develop and nurture the spirit of research among them.
Naik urged the students to utilise their time in learning vocational skills along with their graduation degree. Through her own work experience she shared the challenges women have to face to reach their goals and to improve their status in society. She advised students to be their own decision makers, when it comes to career choices. Further, she appealed to girl students to remain in the orbit of safety as crimes against women are on the rise.
Speaking at the event principal of MES College, R B Patil asserted that a girl child needs a social environment that is free from gender bias. Further, patriarchy needs to degenerate to achieve gender equality. Also, he lamented that the existing dominant values give legitimacy to the subordination of women and this attitude should change at the basic family level.
Nineteen papers were presented from nine colleges of Goa. Presenters discussed and deliberated on various topics related to the seminar theme such as emancipation of women in Goa, womanisation of sports, social discrimination faced by Goan women, mental health of Goan women, decline in sex ratio, the politics of representation, status of Muslim women in Goa, gender disparities, etc.
The first place was secured by Nisha Pereira of Rosary College of Arts and Commerce, Navelim, the second place by Shruti Ekawade, Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women, Nuvem while Shivam Kadam from Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao got the third place.
Roshiel Faria, St Xavier’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mapusa, and Christina Dedhia, Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar won consolation prizes