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KU VC inaugurates 4-day gender sensitization program for administrative officers, staff

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Continuing with its programs related to the celebration of International Women’s Day, the University of Kashmir on Wednesday kick-started a four-day gender sensitization program for officers and employees working at different levels of the varsity’s administrative set-up.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Nilofer Khan inaugurated the training program, organized jointly by the varsity General Administration and Department of Social Work (DoSW), under the umbrella of events related to Y20 and G20 being held in the varsity during 2023.

“The ‘embrace equity’ tagline of this program concerns Goal 5 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is one of the important focal areas of our country’s G20 Presidency. Our University recently hosted the C20 Working Group Meeting on Gender Equality and Disability and today’s program is our effort to continue with the conversation and dialogue on gender equality,” she said.

Stating that officers and employees working at multiple levels in the institution have to be fully sensitive to gender concerns, Prof Nilofer said such sensitization programs will further improve the University’s workplace atmosphere where women employees and students continue to be treated with great respect and dignity.

The VC complimented the General Administration and DoSW for organizing the joint program.

Dean College Development Council Prof Khurshid Ahmed Bhat said the four-day program is a noble endeavor that must continue at regular intervals to achieve the desired goals.

Registrar Dr Nisar Ahmed Mir spelled out the objectives of the gender sensitization program being held under the direct supervision of the Vice-Chancellor.

“We will see how best we are able to expand this program to other campuses in due course of time,” he said.

Head DoSW Dr Shazia Manzoor, who was the chief resource person for the first day, earlier highlighted the need to make gender awareness a mass movement across the University’s campuses with focus s on a “duty-based approach rather than rights-based approach”.

Joint Registrar General Administration Ms Asmat Kawoosa coordinated the program.

Dr Saima Farhad delivered the vote of thanks, while Dr Waqar Amin conducted proceedings of the inaugural session, which was attended by senior officers of the University including the Controller of Examinations, Media Advisor, Directors of various Units, Joint Registrars, Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars and other officers and officials of the Registry. [KNT]

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