The School of Social Sciences, Assam Kaziranga University, Jorhat Organized A Talk on ‘’Gender Sensitization, Practice and Awareness’’ on 11th November, 2022 at the SOB auditorium. The key speaker for the event was Rituparna Neog a queer right activist, poet, storyteller and development sector worker from Guwahati, Assam.
The event started with a welcome address by Mr Abhay Biswas, a student of BA Sociology 1st Semester where he warmly welcomed the speaker, the Dean, the faculty members and all the students who joined the talk. It was then followed by a special speech by Dr Chandra Kanta Gogoi where that everyone stressed has the right to be treated equally irrespective of their caste, creed and gender. He also mentioned why is it important to educate others about gender sensitization and awareness which can be beneficial and effective in solving various problems of our society.
Following that, Mx. Rituparna Neog was felicitated by Dr Chandra Kanta Gogoi. The speaker started her speech with a beautiful poem named ‘’mur bisonar tolor bakos tu’’ which itself was self –explanatory revealing the mental distress experienced by a third gender individual. In her speech, she highlighted, how male dominancy or patriarchy is still controlling the society where individual with alternative gender identities suffer the most. She cited how she was bullied as teens for exhibiting womanly behaviour, gradually lowering her self-confidence and morality. The speaker emphasised that creating awareness towards ‘’gender’’ is one the most needs of the hour. She also shared both academic and practical life knowledge related to gender, as society holds up to multiple stereotype practices and beliefs which ultimately ends with social issues and gender biasness.
Later, the programme was followed by a question and answer where the participants interacted with the speaker and shared their practical experiences. Lastly, the program came to an end with a vote of thanks speech given by Sneha Mazumder, a student of BSW 1st semester thanking all the dignities as well the students for being a part of the event.