A webinar on Sensitizing of Gender in our Professional & Personal lives was organized for students of MBA as per AICTE guidelines on February 22-25, 2021. The webinar was organized with a focus to sensitize the stake holders on gender issues and to create awareness about the gender related issues, vulnerability of women and men. The program aimed at creating awareness on government/social schemes, acts and rights related to women and men. The program was well attended by 140 students and 20 faculty & staff. The webinar was coordinated by Dr. Shripria V & Dr. Mary Cherian, Professors KCT. BS
Ms Shobana Kumar Poet, Author, Founder- Small differences, Coimbatore-spoke of gender differences and the role it plays in decision making and in the personal lives of the individuals. She highlighted the differences of 64 different gender roles people play. Gender Identity, labelling and stereotyping was explained.
Ms Pranavi Jay, Founder HER D, Coimbatore explained how conditioning has led to some learned behaviour that confirms gender perceptions. She explained why gender neutrality needs to be learnt and practiced for better emotional intelligence. She quoted live examples and interacted with the students. She also highlighted on women being treated on par with men need to be practiced by breaking the stereotypes
Dr Uma Pugal, Founder, Unique Research Consultancy Services, Madurai spoke on gender perception and how gender pans out in the work place. She insisted on policies at the organizational level to treat both the genders equally and the need to practice neutrality. She quoted examples of placement opportunities, maternity benefits and biases towards women in transfers and promotions. She was of the opinion glass ceiling effect must be broken. Students were given a platform to express their views and interact .
Ms Jahnavi Contractor, Consultant in education leadership, communication and life skills training in the CSR sector, Vadodara spoke on gender perception and the importance to understand gender and its intricacies in our everyday lives. She spoke on identifying gender bias which is important , as many a times it just happens as a norm. She rightly said understanding bias was very important to address the issue.