Legal Empowerment of women in India's Changing Scenario
9th December 2022
Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurugram organized a session “Legal Empowerment of Women in India’s Changing Scenario” under the guidance of Prof. (Dr.) Yogita Shukla. Dr. Shukla is Founder and CEO AddGEO Foundation, Founder Wo-Men Geospatial Coterie WGC, Expert Faculty – Remote Sensing and Environment.
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality has been one of the most important agenda, not just in India but across the globe. Empowering women and achieving emancipation of women are long drawn. Gender Equity has been mentioned by the United States in its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) as a target. Although women represent half of the world’s population, they have been discriminated against in each society for a long time and India is no exception. From tribal to industrial, rural to urban, government to private sectors, the bias against women has always been prevalent. Although many schemes have been launched by the central and state government for empowering women against the patriarchal mindset, they are still not practiced as the women are still unaware about the legal amendments.
Dr. Yogita Shukla explained the meaning of women empowerment, it means to make girls self-reliant, independent, and financially stable. She explained how this can only be done through education. Dr. Shukla later told the students about laws for women empowerment, like The Immoral Traffic (prevention) Act, 1956; The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; The Indecent Representation of Women Act, 1986; The Pre thought and Pre-Natal diagnostic techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994; The safety of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. She also explained the constitutional rights given to women by the government of India.
Dr. Shulka explained the articles mentioned in constitutions to empower women, like article 15, 16, 23, 39, 51, 243 etc.
Dr. Shukla further elaborated, though the scenarios have changed positively in the last few years, we still have a long way ahead. She ended her session with a quote by Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Let the lamp of educating daughters be lit in every heart.” The event ended with a vote of thanks by Principal Prof.(Dr.) Ritu Sindhu.