A two-day international conference on 'Women and Development' organaised by Women's Studies Centre commenced at Punjabi University on Friday.
Delivering the inaugural address, Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, United Nation women's representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, said it was very important to protect women from domestic violence in order to infuse feeling of self-independence and self-confidence into women.
She said equality on par with their male counterparts, proper nominations in government and non-governmental institutions and sensitising women with their rights should lead to better development of women across the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjabi University vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh said the real development could take place only through equal partnership of women at all levels of development.
He applauded the efforts of Women's Studies Centre for publishing and circulating important works and documents in Punjabi and fulfilling the objective of sensitising the masses about the women-related issues.
Stressed on the education for women, Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of UN Women and also UN assistant secretary general UN, New York, said it would enhance social cohesion and ensure overall development of not only a woman's family members, but also lead to inter-generational development.
“UN Women is striving hard to bring about transformational change towards achievement of gender equality and women empowerment aiming at sustainable development throughout the world,” she added.
Delivering the key note address, Bulbul Dhar James, director of Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women's Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, stressed on inclusive development approach through gender mainstreaming in order to address the women-related issues in a realistic manner.
Pam Rajput, chairperson of a Government of India high-level committee on the status of women, and Paramjit Kaur Landra, chairperson of the Punjab State Women Commission, were the guests of honour on the occasion.