Seminar on women issues at PU on Jan 21
The department-cum-centre for women’s studies of Panjab University will organise a seminar on “Women and Culture: Embodied Realities and Social Constructions” on January 21 at the ICSSR Complex on the University campus. Dr Manvinder Kaur and Dr Rajesh Gill, coordinator and chairperson, respectively, of the department said the objectives of the seminar include analysis of how women are represented and constructed in the socio-cultural traditions of the region, and how culture functioning through religion, language, social and folk traditions perpetuates the subordination of women. The seminar would specifically focus on women’s major issues emerging as a consequence of patriarchal culture, such as female foeticide, son preference, honour killings, domestic violence as well as denial of various rights to them. Besides, the experts will also examine socio-cultural concept of honour in relation to women as it has emerged in North-West India. The seminar will suggest measures to overcome the legitimization of women’s subordination through the cultural idiom.