Special Cell for Women Kargil conducted a Awareness Program on Gender-Based Discrimination
KARGIL, September 13 – The Special Cell for Women Kargil held an enlightening awareness program at Boys Higher Secondary School, Kargil. The event featured Mr. Zakir Zahak, a resource person from Ashoka University, who addressed the pressing issue of gender-based discrimination through his presentation titled, “In her Shoes: Understanding Gender-based Discrimination.”.
The initiative was specifically designed to educate young boys about the prevailing gender issues in Kargil. Mr. Zakir delved into topics such as toxic masculinity, the deep-rooted patriarchy, and prevalent gender stereotypes, emphasizing their profound impact on both girls and women. A standout moment from the lecture was the exploration of how patriarchy affects men, often an overlooked aspect of the discourse.
In addition to his talk, Mr. Zahak showcased videos on gender issues, urging students to recognize and address these concerns within their own homes. The students displayed a commendable level of interest, actively participating in a post-lecture discussion.
It’s worth noting that the Special Cell for Women is dedicatedly working towards raising awareness among the youth of Kargil about gender disparities and challenges.
About the speaker: Zakir Zahak is a development professional with seven years of experience in the impact sector. While his primary role is at Ashoka University, he is also affiliated with the Gender Justice and Security Hub, a multi-partner research network anchored at the London School of Economics. His past associations include a tenure with BRAC International, a Netherlands-based organization and also with Parliament of India, where he worked as a Research Trainee.
Later the social worker sensitize the male participants about the issue and request them to be humble towards others genders.