"We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The above statement stands true when it comes to the significance of girls and women in our life, society and country. If we look around, we would find that gender discrimination across the globe has been one of the most sought after issues of debate and deliberation. Women empowerment is what has come to the fore to put a stop to such gender biasness and make our women folk an important constituent of the society. Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl Child to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
In resonance with this theme, the Department of Applied Science and Humanities celebrated its first International Day of the Girl Child in the campus on October 11th to educate male students on issues of gender disparity and subsequently to raise awareness about women empowerment.
The event was graced by Prof (Dr.) Vikas Singh - Executive Director of I.T.S Engineering College; Dr. Gagan Deep Arora - Dean Academics & Administration; Dr. Sanjay Yadav - Dean Students’ Welfare and Prof. O.P. Chaudhary - Head of Applied Science and Humanities Department along with the faculty members.
Students from B. Tech 1st year came up with a series of events and performances to celebrate achievements of girls and women in our society. There were poetry recitations, songs, dramatizations, speeches and dances. However, the most notable thing to observe was the skit developed by 1st year all male students on the theme of women harassment and exploitation. The idea behind this dramatization was to highlight the plight that women and girls face on regular basis despite belonging to a civilized society. While there were poems and speeches dedicated to the achievements of the fairer sex, audience could also relate to the passion with which these were enacted on stage.
ITS Engineering College, being a technical institution, celebrated this event for instigating various logical thought processes and sensitizing every male towards their female counterparts.
Like any other important day, the International Day of the Girl Child too has been a very significant occasion. International Day of the Girl Child is on October 11 and organizations around the world will be calling for action around this year's theme of Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.