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The Departments of Sociology and Industrial Relations organized a UGC sponsored two day national seminar on the subject of Work and Gender on 1st and 2nd March 2017

Report of the Seminar:
The Departments of Sociology and Industrial Relations organized a UGC sponsored two day national seminar on the subject of Work and Gender on 1st and 2nd of March 2017. Important as work is for income, production and status, people are not defined solely by their work, nor is it possible to ignore the effects of factors outside the workplace on a person’s status at work. To seek equality at work without seeking equality in the larger society and at home is illusory. Thus, an examination of the issues surrounding women, gender and work in life as a whole and the distribution of unpaid work as well as the myriad questions relating to employment is necessary.

The objectives of the seminar were as follows:
1. To uncover the patriarchal themes crossing over to the work space
2. The different forms of gender discrimination that women and men face in the workplace
3. The problems working parents face and the ways in which different cultures and genders cope
4. Alternative approaches to improving the lives of working women and their families in the global economy
5. Asserting the rights of sexual minorities at securing work, equal wages and discrimination free work place
6. Emerging changes in the legal framework in support of working women at the same time focus on the loopholes in the existing laws.

Father Clarence’s inauguration prayer invoked the blessing and grace of the Almighty, seeking his help in ensuring that the seminar was a success and everyone present got the most out of it. The chief guest Babu Matthew (NLUD’S visiting professor, Former country Director of ActionAid, India) made a speech about sexual harassment, the ways in which gender discrimination works, domestic violence, origin of the family, private property socialism, humanism and the State. He talked about how women are seen and treated as private property of the men in society, who use the guise of “protecting” women to control them. He spoke about social awareness and the subversive nature of stereotyping that accentuates the problem of gender discrimination. The Keynote address was given by Dr. Leelavathi (Professor of Economics, Department of studies in Economics and Cooperation Manasa Gangotri, University of Mysore). She spoke about how women suffer from stereotyping, gender discrimination and empowerment. The honourable speaker Dr. K.G. Gayathri Devi (Former Associate Professor: Institution of Social and Economic Change (ISEC) Bangalore, Visiting Professor at National College, Basavanagudi) spoke about the status of women in Karnataka and the unproductive role that women are assigned to. Respected Dr. Fr. Principal Victor Lobo gave a brief and encouraging message whilst declaring commencement of the seminar. Second day speakers were Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas from NLS India spoke about law and women in particular and also stereotyping. Dr. Paul Newman, spoke about the suffering that women face in war zones with special reference to Sri Lanka and African countries with ethnic and civil wars. Ms. Prathibha from Garments and Textile Industry, whose speech was given in Kannada, spoke about women in the garment sector, their unionisation and struggles apart from the large scale exploitation they are subject to.

There were a total of 350 participants, of which 57 presented papers on work, gender and allied fields. The participants were from out of state, we received papers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and its districts, Goa and research scholars from different universities and corporate companies. For the first time ever, we had paper presentations in Kannada and chairpersons who chaired their sessions in Kannada as well. The paper presentations were chaired by various esteemed professionals and spanned over two days, with the first session beginning 11:45pm to 1:00pm and the second from 1:45pm to 3:30pm. Each chairperson received a memento and a small garden pot as thanks for their support and patience. Additionally, tea, coffee, snacks and lunch was provided courtesy of our sponsors.

Some of the topics that were presented were:
1) Women in the unorganised sector
2) Women in politics
3) Wage discrimination
4) Gender stereotyping and career aspirations
5) Problems of transgender and employment opportunity
6) creating family identities for gay parenthood
7) engaging role of dads
8) women in the military
9) abstra masculinity: convention vs. contemporary
10) women and men at work

There was a small cultural programme wherein students danced and sang after a performance from the renowned group “Massive Vibe”. The valedictory began with Dr. V.S. Elizabeth, professor coordinator of the Centre for Child and the Law and Placement Officer at NLS India. The release of “Namma Bengaluru: A Sociological Exploration of Pourakarmikas” was released at the venue on the second day of the programme. There was a short introduction of the book and its contents by student editor Rhea Narielwalla (III EPS), followed by the vote of thanks by Ms. Maria David. The seminar concluded with the playing of the Indian National Anthem and tea in the basement of the auditorium.

Overall the organizing committee, which was headed by Asst. Professor Maria David and President of Social Zest Abigail Fernandez, are happy with the outcomes of the seminar. In our opinion the seminar was smoothly conducted, sessions went on without a hitch and all the participants encouraged the seminar, which was fruitful and good expericence. It was also inspirational to see this large group of people gathered to learn and spread awareness about theme Work and Gender. The National seminar was grand success because of the cooperation, support and hard work of Dr. Berin Lukas Head of the department , Maria David organizer, Prof. Anuplal staff co-ordinator , Mr. Dav Fod and students of Sociology and Industrial Relations.


Inauguration of the UGC National Seminar

The chief guest Dr. Babu Matthew , Professor in Natioanl Law School Of India

Introducing Speaker by Asst. Professor Maria David

Group picture with Chief Guest and speakers.

Mr. DAV FOD welcoming all the Dignitaries

Group Picture with second day speakers.

Audience were Impressed by the Speakers.

The valedictory Ceremony

Paper presentations in Kannada and chairpersons who chaired their sessions in Kannada as well.

Book on Pourakarmikas released by Dr. Elizabeth from NLS of India

Group photograph with all Dignitaries

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