Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Sambalpur: Both women and men should shoulder the responsibilities of building a peaceful, constructive and prosperous society.
From time immemorial, our society has placed women at a high pedestal and there is no need for doing anything more to empower her. They need a bit of physical protection and are made financially independent on their own. Stories on women should be handled deftly with care and caution by media keeping its professional ethics intact.
These were some of the views expressed at a state level seminar on “ Women Empowerment and Role of Media” organised jointly by Paschimanchala newspaper, Women in Public Sector (WIPS), MCL forum and Goodwill Educational and Charitable Trust here on Sunday.
The seminar was inaugurated by Purna Chandra Panigrahi, Director (Personnel) MCL by lighting the traditional lamp. Mr Panigrahi in his speech called upon the women to realise their power within. Quoting from scriptures ‘Ramayana and Mahabharata’ he analysed the character of some great ladies of those time. On women their male counterpart had trust and confidence and therefore both should be complementary to each other, he said. Mr. Panigrahi also launched the maiden product of GECT for school going children.
The inaugural session was followed by an interaction session with a panel of speakers. The session was moderated by Mr. Abhaya Padhy, former Addl. Director General of Prasar Bharati. The speakers on the dais were Mr Ratan Pani and Mr Sai Prasan from the media along with Prof. Sadhu Charan Panda, former Vice Chancellor of University of Culture, Government Of Odisha, retired professor of English Mr. Jatin Mund and Ms Namrata Chadha, Ex-member, Odisha Women Commission.
In her speech, Namrata Chadha said that the media is highlighting the negative aspect of women. The media is projecting the girls and women responsible in any rape incident and not showing how the rapists have tortured the girls and committed the crime. “Media should be sensible in reporting the rape cases”, he said.
Sai Prasan said that the family, society and government should focus on the health and education of a girl child in Odisha. “Women should be given vocational and professional training to make them financially independent”, he said.
Earlier, setting the tone of the Seminar during the inaugural session, Ms Surama Mishra, Editor, Paschimanchala, said that both women and men should work together for having a happy family and a constructive society. “The new generation of women should realise their responsibility to head a family for peace and prosperity”, she said.
Among others, the inaugural function was addressed by Ms Anju Sahay, President, Jagruti Mahila Mandal, MCL, Ms Geetika Mishra, Chairperson of Goodwill Educational and Charitable Trust, Abhaya Padhy and Namrata Chadha. Dr.Aparna Mukherjee, co-ordinator, WIPS welcomed the gathering. Mr Baidyanath Mishra, Editor, Kosal Horizon presided over the inaugural session. The seminar which coincided with the National Press day was dedicated to sister Nibedita who played a significant role in women empowerment in India along with Swami Vivekananda.