Kolkata: Heritage Group of Institutions, Kolkata, celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing a panel discussion on the theme ‘Embrace Equity’. The panelists were Mr. Peter Cook, British Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Reena Dewan, Director & Curator, Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC), Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya, Associate Vice President, LT MindTree, Ms. Richa Singh Debgupta, Chief of Strategy & Operations, Fortis Healthcare Ltd. and Ms. Payal Chopra, Director, Moople. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Madhupa Bakshi, Dean, Department of Media Science, The Heritage Academy, Kolkata which is a part of Heritage Group of Institutions offering Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programmes in Media Science.
The panelists discussed and deliberated on this year’s theme ‘Embrace Equity’, encouraging people to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity.
In humanitarian crises, women frequently experience more adverse effects than men, such as gender-based violence or an impact on their sexual and reproductive health. Research and innovation have a key role to play in contributing towards advancement in gender equity in humanitarian settings and every individual can play a role in identifying challenges and funding research and innovation for evidence-based solutions.
“UK has a new plan- educate, empower, end (gender violence)! Eminent female panelists said it better than me,” said Mr. Peter Cook.
Ms. Richa Singh Debgupta said, “When you have a larger purpose, every battle is not worth fighting for. Prioritize and make your choice carefully.”
The panel discussion also witnessed the presence of Ms. Seema Sapru, Principal, The Heritage School Kolkata as one of the panelists. She spoke about the role of today’s women and how they are coming up in various areas breaking the conventional barriers.