Gender Sensitization


 On June 6, 2024, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) hosted a guest talk on gender sensitization, organized by the Centre for Counselling & Health Services. The session, aimed at the university's faculty and staff, took place in the auditorium of the Central Block and featured Ms. Priti Sable as the guest speaker. The event was designed to promote awareness and understanding of gender issues within the academic and organizational setting, fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment.

The session commenced with a period of reflection and introspection, encouraging participants to consider their own perceptions and biases regarding gender. This initial segment was crucial in setting the tone for the session, allowing attendees to mentally prepare for the deeper discussions and activities that would follow.

Ms. Sable then introduced a series of role plays, a dynamic and interactive approach to learning. These role plays served to illustrate common gender-related scenarios in the workplace, highlighting both overt and subtle forms of gender bias and discrimination. By actively engaging in these scenarios, participants could experience firsthand the impact of such biases, fostering empathy and a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.

The core focus of the session was on organizational parameters related to gender sensitization. Ms. Sable emphasized the importance of creating policies and practices that support gender equity. She discussed the various aspects of an organization that could be influenced by gender biases, including recruitment, promotion, and everyday interactions among staff. By addressing these parameters, the session aimed to equip the university's faculty and staff with the knowledge and tools needed to foster a more inclusive work environment.

In addition to the formal presentations and role plays, an open forum was provided for the audience to participate in a Q&A session. This segment allowed attendees to express their concerns, share experiences, and seek clarification on various points discussed during the talk. The open forum proved to be a valuable component of the event, as it facilitated a two-way dialogue between the speaker and the audience, enriching the overall learning experience.

Ms. Sable responded to questions with practical advice and insights, reinforcing the concepts covered in her presentation. She highlighted the importance of continuous learning and self-awareness in addressing gender issues and encouraged the faculty and staff to remain proactive in their efforts to create a more gender-sensitive environment.

She also shared real-life examples from various organizations, demonstrating the positive outcomes of implementing effective gender sensitization programs. She stressed the significance of leadership in driving change, urging university leaders and administrators to take an active role in promoting gender equity. By cultivating an environment where all genders feel valued and respected, institutions can enhance overall productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction.

The event concluded with Ms. Sable providing a set of actionable recommendations for the university to consider. These included regular gender sensitization workshops, the establishment of clear reporting mechanisms for gender-related grievances, and the creation of mentorship programs to support underrepresented groups. Attendees were encouraged to continue the dialogue on gender issues beyond the session, ensuring that the conversation remains ongoing and impactful.

Overall, the guest talk on gender sensitization was a comprehensive and engaging session that successfully raised awareness about gender issues within the university setting. Through reflection, role plays, focused discussions on organizational parameters, and an interactive Q&A session, the event provided participants with a thorough understanding of the importance of gender sensitization and the steps needed to achieve it. The insights gained from this session are expected to contribute significantly to the ongoing efforts at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) to promote gender equity and inclusivity among its faculty and staff.


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