KIIT-Bhubaneswar Launches Week-Long Celebration To Mark International Women’s Day 

Bhubaneswar: The KIIT DU here has launched a week-long celebration to commemorate International Women’s Day, which is being observed on March 8.

The ongoing events are centred around equal rights, leadership roles, cyber security and health, keeping with the
main theme, ‘DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality’, while focussing on closing gender gaps and building a gender equality policy.

On March 1, a special talk on the sub-theme ‘Women, Law and Leadership’ was held at the KIIT School of Law. It was addressed by speakers such as the Director of KIIT School of Law Dr Bhavani Prasad Panda and Faculties of Policy Studies, Doshisha University at Kyoto, Japan, Professor Keiji Kawai and Professor Akira Kawaguchi. While Keiji spoke on the life of women in Japan, Kawaguchi discussed the gender gap in Japan.

Professor Paromita Chattoraj focused on ‘Women as Change-agents for Law Reforms’ and Prof Binita Behara dwelt on ‘Fixing the Broken Rung’.  Prof Soumya Mohapatra delivered her presentation on Women, Law and Leadership: Issues and Challenges.

The special talk was followed by a dialogue on ‘Women Security @ cyber space’ the next day, where speakers emphasised the potential of technology for women’s empowerment.

Principal Technical Officer of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) Prashant Gupta sensitised the staff about the use of mobile phones and the internet, advising all to avoid getting lured with offers and sharing sensitive information. A presentation was also made about digital payment platforms, third-party apps and measures to protect against online fraud.

Technology remained the central theme of both the discourses on Wednesday and Thursday, especially in the context of greater women’s participation in the fast-evolving tech industry. Prof. Sanghamitra Patnaik in her presentation said that more and more should exploit the potential of technology.

“The scant presence of women doesn’t just represent a lost opportunity for them but for society as a whole. Greater diversity at work would provide a global and more accurate view of the major challenges our society faces. If women are left out, not only will the gender gap and inequality continue to grow; it will also be harder for us to address and overcome issues related not just to equality but to economic and social problems as well,” she said.

The dialogue on women’s security and cyberspace was attended, among others, by KIIT VC Prof Sasmita Samanta and the Registrar Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty. Professor Krishna Chakraborty of KIIT School of Engineering delivered the welcome address and the President of KIIT Women Forum Pushpalata Patjoshi gave the vote of thanks.

On March 3, a seminar on ‘Reproductive Health’ was held at KIMS, a constituent of KIIT DU. The participants at the seminar were sensitised about the overall health of the reproductive system, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, safe pregnancy and delivery, among others.

Principal of KIMS School of Nursing Professor Niyati Das, Superintendent of Nursing Sushma Sahu, Vice Principal of KIMS School of Nursing Prof Kalyani Rath and members of KIIT Women Forum such as Dr Soumya Mishra and Deepali Mohanty were present, among others.

The event is being organised by KIIT Women Forum. KIIT has remained at the forefront of promoting women’s rights and has been ranked 8th best university worldwide by Times Higher Education for gender equality. Fifty per cent of its workforce comprises women, a varsity release said.

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