On 14th March, 2019, the Women Graduates Union (WGU) joined hands with Maharashtra United Nations Association (MUNA) to celebrate International Women’s Day at Amy Rustomjee Hall, WGU, Colaba. Highlighting the importance of International Women’s Day and Month for WGU’s mission of promoting empowerment of girls and women through education, this mission was furthered by WGU’s affiliation with the Geneva-based, Graduate Women International, which has advocacy status in the United Nations, New York .
Chief Guest and Educationist, Smita Godrej Crishna, in her address, focused on the need for greater inclusiveness of women in work places and advocated the need for public health and scientific research to provide solutions from a woman-centric perspective and not a largely male one. Adv. Kanchan Pamnani encouraged women to come out and work in society even in the face of obstacles, exemplifying her own disability of having lost eyesight at age 34.
The evening witnessed a panel discussion based on the UN theme, ‘Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate for Change’ – a spotlight on innovative thinking by and for women, in building infrastructure, public services, technology, etc. The panelists – Adv. Nilufer Bhagwat; Zahabiya Khorakiwala – MD Wockhardt Hospitals; Shubika Bilkha – Partner, EdpowerU; Yasmin Saifullah – MD Global Trade Links; Vinay Vasta – Director, NGO SAI, exchanged views and experiences on the subject.
Women Graduates Union’s 2019 Innovative Women of the 21st Century Awards were presented to three iconic, highly successful innovative women – Lina Ashar, Founder, Kangaroo Kids Pre-schools and Billabong High International schools; journalist Shaili Chopra, Founder of She – The People TV Online Channel; and Radha Kapoor Khanna, Creative Entrepreneur and Founder, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI).
The event provided networking opportunities for those present from different walks of life and concluded with dinner.