International women’s day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. The purpose of this day is to not only celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment but also to critically reflect on those accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality worldwide. Shiv Nadar University Chennai had its first women’s day celebration on 9th of March, unveiling a variety of events that beautifully served this purpose.
The guest of honor for this event was Dr. S Radha, Professor and Vice Principal of SSN College of Engineering.
The event was inaugurated by a dulcet rendition of the Tamil Thai Vazhthu by the members of SNUC’s music club Isai, followed by the welcome address delivered by student –
HARSHINI AND KARUNYA H
Dr. S Radha was the first woman of her village to earn a degree in Engineering
Dr. S Radha addressed the event. She spoke about how women are often perceived as cranky and emotional and this stereotypical perception brings about struggles in the workplace for women, and she spoke from her own experiences. She had made the women in her village proud when she became the first woman of her village to earn a degree in engineering. Not only that, she had scored a whopping 96/100 in the subject mathematics in the first semester, a 97/100 in the second and a 100/100 in the final, proving that she was no less than any boy or a student from the city.
The English Literary Club of SNU Chennai had conducted a creative writing competition for Women’s Day, where students were asked to submit a prose or a poem regarding any topic related to Women’s day. The winning entries, poem ‘The Woman’and essay‘Internalized Misogyny’ were read out by the members of ELC on stage.
The Tamil division of Lingua Club – Mudivili and Film Club of SNUC had come together for a collaboration wherein they put together a short film of students, professors and staffs voicing out their opinionsabout questions they were asked – ‘Who is the woman you admire the most in your life?’ , ‘Who gives you the most supports in your family?’ and ‘What advice do you have for women?’.
The Voice Out Club conducted a debate on the topic ‘WOMEN HAVE BEEN EMPOWERED’, two groups of students expressed their opinions and set forth valid points.
The Omnia Club gave a speech on the topic ‘The Period talk’ that aimed to enlighten the audience on menstruation, sexuality, non binary and cisgender people.
The Dance club and Isai entertained the audience with a dazzling performance. The crowd enthusiastically sang with them. A traditional and western dance performance was put up by the dance club.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Harshini and Karunya H.
The national anthem marked the end of the successful event.