17 Mar 2023   -   18 Mar 2023
Humanities and Social Sciences
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Where do we see women after 75 years of freedom in our nation? Do we only see substantial progress, or are there nuances involved which are indistinct to the larger and distant audience? It has been 75 years since everyone could live and work independently. However, are these 75 years enough to proclaim, &ldquoWomen are free from patriarchy,&rdquo &ldquoWomen have education,&rdquo &ldquoWomen live a healthy life,&rdquo &ldquoWomen can choose their work over forced marriages,&rdquo &ldquoWomen are free from unpaid work&rdquo and so on? Is it still feasible for a daughter to choose her career after reaching a marriageable age and yet avoid being pushed to marry? Can women break the glass ceiling and defy the relentless pressure of occupational stereotypes? Gender-based discrimination, trafficking, under-representation in politics, unequal employment prospects, and other societal barriers continue to impede women's progress. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 states that &ldquogender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.&rdquo

Despite the challenges, an increasing number of women are contributing significantly to our society. We view women as powerful change agents with far-reaching potential to contribute to the society with diverse ideas and viewpoints. This National Conference on the 75th year of India&rsquos Independence will celebrate the achievements of women and strive for more considerable momentum towards their extraordinary deeds in a developing India. We will also focus on the barriers that otherwise go unnoticed when discussing the position of women on a larger scale.