March 29, 2019
The seminar started with the objectives of the national seminar and welcoming the delegates from different states. Rajinder Kaur,
Deputy Director, Adult Education Department Chandigarh Administration and member CCPCR highlighted that people with disability, in general, are denied many rights like those of love, spouse, parent and so on.
Dr. Jitender Grover, Dean Faculty of Education, Panjab University, delivered the presidential address wherein he stressed that gender and disability are both a state of mind. It was also emphasized that lack of proper infrastructure makes a person ask for help which also affects their self-esteem.
Dr. Kuldip Singh Principal, Panjab University Constituent College, Nihal Singh Wala, Moga brought out that a woman is not born, she moves from being a girl to be a woman through societal practices. He also said woman need to protect their kind. He gave an example of Amrita Pritam and Dalip Kaur Tiwana from Punjabi literature. He very boldly highlighted some facts of our society which people practiced but don’t talk about.
Dr. B S Chavan, director principal, GMCH Sector- 32 Chandigarh is actively working for protecting the rights of women and disabled children. He has set up homes for the disabled and homeless girl/women across Chandigarh, Aavas and Aashreya are two such places. He presented a report of initiatives taken by GRIID, Sector- 31, Chandigarh for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in Chandigarh.
Later the panel discussion on sociological, economic, political, policy and legal perspectives of gender and disability was held which had panelists Dr. S K Prasad, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Office of the Chief Commissioner for persons with disabilities, New Delhi; Prof Raj Kumari Gupta, Department of Education, Panjab University, among many others.
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