International Women's Day observed by MLCU
Shillong March 08: Looking at the high rise in the crimes committed against women and the various other issues of inequality and gender biased actions against women in the world and in particular in our very own city, an urgent need not just of protests and of actions condemning these acts but also realising the much greater need to educate and inform the youth of both genders about these issues, Martin Luther Christian University today observed the International Women’s Day at its Campus which was attended by the staff, faculty and students of all the different departments of the University.
The objective of the observing Women’s Day by the University was not only to celebrate the many accomplishments of women’s struggles but also to raise concern about the different women related issues of abuse, violence, inequality and various others.
The Vice Chancellor of MLCU, Mr. Robert G Lyngdoh, spoke against the many reported crimes against women in the city and added that it’s high time that some change has to come in the society to make the women feel safe, secure and confident to go about their lives. He added that sensitising the youth is one of the most important moves toward changing people’s behaviours and perceptions about the fairer sex.
A brief talk on Respect for Women was given by the Head of Department of Peace and Christian Studies, Rev. Dr. Elungkiebe Zeliang, where he emphasised that sensible and good men should condemn such crimes meted against women, and should act to protect our women. He added that disrespecting women in any form whatsoever is a direct disobedience of the teachings of the Lord our God who created both men and women equal and in his image.
Dr. Melari S Nongrum also gave a brief talk on the importance of Gender Sensitisation. She stressed the need to change our mindset towards women.
"When a woman is sexually assaulted, we raise an eyebrow and ask. .what was she wearing or what was she doing at that point in time. .women are blamed for the crimes committed against them. We forget the perpetrator." she added.
Apart from these talks the part of the day that made an impact on both faculty, staff and students were the two short plays performed by the students of MSW 4th semester and BSW 6th Semester, Department of Social Work, MLCU.
The first play called “Be Bold for Change” performed by the MSW 4th semester showcased a family of a working mother with an unemployed abusive husband. While the second play was a silent act of showing the differences between Good Touch and Bad Touch between the two genders ranging from how older male relatives should touch their female relatives, passengers in a taxi or bus and even among classmates and friends.