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Gender Sensitivity Workshop

Gender Sensitivity Workshop
August 17, 2016 Ahmedabad University Workshops

A workshop on gender sensitivity was organised  by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at Ahmedabad University to understand and address gender issues at the workplace. Gender differences and similarities have been the subject of debates for a long time and in the present day scenario with the rapidly changing social set up, understanding gender issues is very important for organisations. There is a general consensus and agreement now that gender stereotyping can reduce the productivity and quality of a workplace while proper handling of gender issues can go a long way towards improving the well-being of individual workers and the organization. The workshop was divided in two parts with the initial presentation made by Dr. Riddhi Shukla in which she focused on stereotypes noticed in gender related issues. She explained the biological aspects in gender sensitivity to the audience and showed TED talks by Mary Lou and Paul Zak.  Dr. Shukla, who is a practicing gynaecologist and associated with SSETU, stressed on the need for and methods of proper handling of gender stereotypes.  Professor Mitaxi Mehta, Chairperson ICC spoke about the bio-chemical aspects of sex differences and their effect on gender. Professor Mehta also talked about the male, female and transgender view-points. The Chairman, Board of Management, Professor Pankaj Chandra, talked about the importance of gender neutral mechanisms at the University level to support and encourage a healthy work environment. He gave his perspective on gender sensitivity and urged the participants to leverage our differences and similarities to bring in diversity and create a friendly environment and promote a culture of fairness and equality in Ahmedabad University. In the discussion part of the workshop, members from audience discussed the role of mixed gender participation in project teams and the need for support for female students when they are in minority in an academic activity. The workshop generated a lot of interest and a few related cases were discussed and debated, leading to new ways of thinking for setting high standards of gender sensitivity at the University. The discussion continued during refreshments and the need for more such awareness activities for students and staff members was recognized.