The Rit foundation organised ‘Rit Nari Vimarsh’ a conclave to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 9, 2014 at Indian International Centre, Lodhi Road.
From (L-R): Dr Asha L Pandy, Chitra Awasthi, Bimla Mishra and Miss India Princess Chandni Sharma.
The event was segregated in a series of discussions to ponder over the numerous issues revolving qua the status of the feminist movement and the status of women’s rights in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and other South Asian nations by those who have been closely associated with the movement. The conclave brought together some eminent people from various fields such as politics, governance, law, media and performing arts those who have always stood against all odds and have been in the forefront of the movement to assert equal rights for women.
Dr Chitra Awasthi, Gyan Sudha Mishra, Bulbul Das, Nasira Sharma and Amod K Kanth.
What they realised in the course of both research and casual interaction was that there is a huge disconnect between feminist theory and law on the one hand and general perception and media representations on the other. So things that have become almost commonsensical in academia are not even part of much of the public discourse. Rit foundation felt that such programmes, which would bring together people from different fields and eventually help bridge this gap. The elite panel talked about the present social structure that continuously hampers a women’s position in our society and had a discussion on the measures to counter them.
The speakers shared some important aspects of Hindu Succession Act with the audience. Taking a cue from the Nirbhaya Case, the panel also highlighted some key points of Justice Verma Commission and their drawbacks. With the concluding note Dr Chitra Awasthi, Founder of Rit Foundation announced two schemes for the free legal aid for the women who cannot afford it and Vocational training for needy women.
While speaking on the occasion, Chitra said: “Rit Foundation is dedicated to level the proverbial playing ground. We are aiming at providing everybody the same kind of opportunities and a shot at a good life, regardless of their financial condition or their challenges, whether mental or physical. The point of Rit Foundation is to recognise the underlying unity of mankind and helping each individual realise their inherent potential to the greatest extent possible. What is more, women should keep their lives as their careers and children, parents and other family ties as their projects. This will certainly help them to gain their much deserved social and emotional independence”.
The Guests at the conclave included Amod K Kanth, General Secretary, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC); Dr Malini Srivastava, HIHT University, Jolly Grant Dehradun; Sabu M Goerge, Priya Hingorani, Vimla Mehra, Dr Asha L PandeySociologist Dr Pro Pawan Mishra (UPTECH), Roma Debabrat President of the STOP and Gyan Sudha Mishra, Sitting Judge – Supreme Court of India.
Rit Foundation was started by Dr Chitra in 2009 with a vision of providing free education to under privileged and disabled children, vocational training to unemployed young women, providing legal and medical help to needy women and for promotion of ancient Indian Culture