Women Empowerment Cell

The Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College engages, sensitizes and empowers the students of the institution towards the cause of gender equality. With the motto of “Educate and Empower”, the cell organizes annual conferences, guest lectures, workshops and awareness programmes on various women related issues to equip them with wide range of skills and knowledge for the betterment of self and society. The cell also focuses on empowering and strengthening their confidence to be the future women leaders, technocrats, entrepreneurs and scientists. Regular sessions are organized on various capacities to instill self-confidence and ethical values and make them realize their potential.

Gender Sensitization Action Plan
Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) believes in equality, inclusiveness, respect for human dignity, fairness and justice for all which is reflected in an unbiased recognition and representation of women and men in all areas to thrive. The College also strives to acknowledge diversity in talents and constantly endeavours to be committed role models in teaching future generations. Women Empowerment Cell (WEC) of the College with its motto “Educate and Empower” actively involves in implementing gender equality policies and the development of its stakeholders. It also endeavours to bring positive change in the society as well as within the campus through various measures for diversity and by counteracting any existing inequalities. With these objectives in mind, Gender Sensitization Action Plan for every Academic Year has been formulated with a strategic goal and action plan.

Strategic Goals

  • Create gender sensitivity awareness among students and create positive values supporting girls and their rights.
  • Provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understand the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society.
  • Generate awareness regarding equality in law, social system and democratic activities.
  • Maintain a good workplace free from discrimination and bullying.
  • Enable girls to have a wider role in decision-making.
  • Prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
  • Maintain gender equality in teaching and education systems.
  • Create a gender-inclusive learning environment.
  • Conduct regular awareness activities among students and staff.
  • Provide facilities and infrastructure for staff and students.

Gender Sensitization Action Plan

2019-2020 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016

Expert Lecture Gender Sensitization in college Campus
Date: 30-09-2021
Classes Attended & Number of beneficiaries: B Com, 250 students
Name and details of the Resource Person: Ms. Jacintha S Kumaraswamy, Secretary and chief Functionary, Sakti, Bengaluru

The programme started at 10.00 am with a note of welcome, following that Dr.Rema MK, Co-ordinator of the Women empowerment Cell introduced the Guest Speaker, Ms. Jacintha S Kumaraswamy. Ms. Jacintha S Kumaraswamy enlightened the students on Gender Sensitization and created an awareness, bringing forward the distinction between sex and gender whilst defining other gender related problems faced by women. She insisted on the importance of education and how it could change the mindset of the people. She said that in order to have a better understanding of the concepts of equality and non-discrimination one should have knowledge on gender roles, gender stereotypes, gender discrimination, gender based violence, masculinity, patriarchy, gender equality and so on. Her motivational talk dealt with curbing the gender biases prevailing in the society and to empower girls and women to achieve their goals. She aimed at sensitizing adolescent girls and boys towards existing gender inequalities and strongly encouraged gender parity. The programme successfully concluded at 11.am with the vote of thanks.


Expert Lecture On Gender Sensitization in College Campus
Date: 18-09-2021
Time: 8.30 -9.40am
Classes Attended: III BCA (A, B, C & D) & III CSME/CSMS/PME/PMCS/MSE Number of beneficiaries: 350
Name and details of the Resource Person: Prof. Anitha Kurup Head, Department of Education, School of Social Sciences,National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

An Expert Lecture on ‘Gender sensitization in college campus’, was organized by the Computer Science Department and Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College on 18-09-2021, Saturday. Offering thanks to God, the session started at 08:30 a.m. with a welcome address. After the address, Prof. Anita Kurup (Head, Dept of Education, NIAS, Bengaluru), the resource person for the day, was invited to lead with the lecture.

Being a very important and sensitive topic, all the students were very keen in knowing more. Prof. Anita Kurup started the lecture by defining what the correct meaning of sex and gender was, and their differences. She explained the process of child bearing, which includes pregnancy, birth and the early nursing period, along with child rearing which is often differently perceived in our society, and by women themselves. She instilled the students, the thought and idea of gender equality, and the responsibilities of men in raising children.

Next, she brought light into one of the major issues in our society, gender discrimination in the households. Also, Prof. Anita Kurup introduced the common stereotype of women doing chores, and men not meant to be doing so. The lecture ended with a discussion with the students, and Prof. Anita Kurup led the same, after which the vote of thanks was presented, and the meeting was ended.

7th National Conference on Women in Leadership
Women Empowerment Cell organized a conference on Women in Leadership was decided to conduct on international women’s day  in accord with the United Nations theme for 2021, on 8th March 2021. Considering the main topic of the conference various sub-topics were decided like women in business, women in politics, women in health-care, women in education, women in sports, women in entrepreneurship, women in society, women in media, women in technology, women in science, women in law & justice and women in startups. The main objective of the conference is to provide a platform to discuss and debate on the leadership of women in various areas.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Vaidehi Vijayakumar, Vice Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Tamilnadu. Dr. Vaidehi during her inaugural address inspired the gathering and urged all the women to come out of their comfort zone and take up leadership in all domains. She stressed that women are no less than men and that every women should strive to achieve their rights and put in effort to support other impoverished women. The presidential address was given by Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Rev Dr. Augustine George. Father requested women while facing challenges to move forward with confidence to take bigger roles. He urged women to strive for greater heights. The welcome address was given by Dr. Rema MK, and the prelude was read by Dr. Jisha VG,. Dr. Sangeetha Menon introduced the chief guest and Dr. Vinotha Devi proposed a vote of thanks.

Eminent and powerful women leaders were invited to be the resource persons for the keynote sessions. The topic for the first Keynote session was women empowerment through innovation, the second one was on women leaders: perfect blend of head and heart and the third one was on emotional intelligence: the extra edge in women leadership.

Keynote Session 1: Dr. Fabienne Jacquet, founder & CEOof Innoveve was the resource person for the first keynote session on women empowerment through innovation. She mentioned that in India only 7% women are ceos and only 14% women working in STEM roles. According to her, innovation is something new that creates values. Both feminine and masculine are needed for innovation. She confirmed that empathy, nurturing and collaborations are the key feminine characteristics.

Keynote Session 2: The second keynote session on women leaders: perfect blend of head and heart was addressed by Dr. Sr. Pearl, Principal, Sophia Girls College, Ajmer. Sister explained the importance of women leadership using many famous quotes. According to her, the countries having women leadership managed to flatten the curves related to Corona pandemic due to their proactive decision-making. She concluded by emphasizing on the feminine traits like creative, delicate, intuitive, nurturing, receptive, tender, surrendering, synthesizing ,integrating , soft and feeling that is rooted deep into the hearts of women.

Paper Presentation The research paper presentation started at 12o’clock noon. There were five parallel online tracks. For each track around 12 to 15 papers were presented. Research papers related to women leadership in different divisions were presented. Each track was chaired by professors who are proficient in this area.  Around 125 people registered and out of it around 65 individuals presented their papers in the conference.

Keynote Session 3: The third session on emotional intelligence: the extra edge in women leadership was addressed by Dr. Rajshree Trivedi, Principal, Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Affiliated to SNDT Women’s University Mumbai. She emphasized the importance of emotional intelligence to manage the emotions in the right way. She spoke on the key areas such as self-awareness, management and self-performance. She highlighted the importance of maintaining interpersonal skills, social skills, empathy and anger in efficient leadership. Madam spoke about the four barriers that concern women in business like structural barrier, institutional mindsets, individual mindsets, lifestyle choices. She stressed on the fact that women should know to handle stress and aspire to soar high and not to succumb to situations.

Valedictory Session: Dr. Sheela Ramachandran, Pro Chancellor, Atmiya University, Gujarat was the chief guest for the valedictory session. The welcome address was given by Dr. Pauline and the profile of the resource person was read by Dr.Geethu and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Shuba. Dr. Sheela stressed that women are constantly evolving and reaching new milestones across a wide spectrum of human activities in modern times. She said from leading nations, to standing up for human rights, to running the world’s most important organisations, women continue to shape the world through their leadership. The program culminated by singing the national anthem.


Competition Series Commemorating National Girl Child Day
Women empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College strives to Empower girl children’s for a better tomorrow. With this objective the cell is organizing a competition series to showcase the talents of Women children’s in the campus to commemorate National Girl Child Day. The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. It was started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Government of India in 2008, with the purpose to spread awareness among people about all the inequalities girls face in the Indian society.

Women empowerment cell had conducted a competition series for all UG and PG students (Both boys and girls). Students registered and participated in collage making and photo essay on the theme “OUR SPACE OUR RIGHT”. The registration for the event opened on 11th January 2021 and closes on 22nd January 2021. Students who registered participated through Google form. A total of 17 students submitted their photo essay and collage. This event helped spreading awareness among students about all the inequalities faced by girls in the country and also promoted awareness about the rights of a girl child. The event on the whole helped in bringing out the creativity and innovation of the students.


Webinar on “Stand up Human Rights”
Women Empowerment cell , organized a webinar on the topic “Stand Up for Human Rights” on Saturday, 12th December at 03.30 pm for First year undergraduate girl students across deaneries. The resource person for the event was Mr. Saji Thomas, Advocate (Kerala High Court). The session aimed to bring awareness about the human rights among women and also strengthen and empower each individual. Mr.Saji Thomas focused on the best practices for elimination and prevention of violation of the human rights.

Mr. Saji spoke about the rights of the women as human beings. The webinar covered topics about the human rights and elaborated on the relevance of understanding. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. This webinar raised awareness on the issues of human rights violations, and helped the students to identify educational and social strategies to address the issues pertaining to human rights and to collectively, share and develop innovative responses and best practices for elimination and prevention of violation of the human rights. He also spoke about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). There were 295 participants for the webinar. The session was effective and informative for all the undergraduate girls’ students.


Empowering Women in Crisis towards a Stable Livelihood
The Women Empowerment Cell (WEC) of Kristu Jayanti college has been constituted to empower and safe-guard the rights of women. The WEC works to promote gender sensitivity in the society and conducts diverse programme to educate women in this area. WEC has a collaboration with the Institute for Family well-being in providing community exchange services for promoting the wellbeing and interest of women survivors of violence. WEC is also providing experiential learning opportunities and conducts awareness programme regarding women’s rights and building healthy interpersonal relationship. We work for the welfare of downtrodden women by conducting workshops to empower them. It enables women in crisis who have to overcome from their difficulties by providing them a platform to sell their confectionery products within the college premises, thus providing them a livelihood.

Goal and Objective: To reskill and up skill women survivors of domestic and community violence by join hand with NGOs in the field by providing counseling and skill training
Duration: 2019-2020 (One year)
The process
• Interacted with community to identify the needy women who are survivors of violence.
• Supportive counseling provided along with skill training to start own preparations of confectionary products.
• Helped in distribution of the confectionary products prepared by women
Impact of the practice: Women were willing to be accept changes and lead an independent life.

Benefit or outcome of the project:
• Prevention of domestic violence and has made women self – reliant with the support provided
• Increased livelihood through sustainable development in financial status


Women Empowerment Cell Guest lecture on “Opportunities and Challenges faced by Young Women Entrepreneurs”
The Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College organized a guest lecture on “Opportunities and Challenges faced by Young Women Entrepreneurs”. It was organized on 21st October 2020 at 03:30 pm via Zoom. The program was arranged for Final year girl students of B.Com, BBA, BA JPEng, BA JPSEng, M.Sc. (Life science and Psychology), M.Com and MA Economics. Speaker of the day was Ms. Forrum Shah, Director of Gold Star Group and Co- founder of Gembox. The main objective of the guest lecture was to create awareness among the students regarding Opportunities and Challenges faced by Young Women Entrepreneurs. Ms. Forrum Shah, as a successful women entrepreneur shared her valuable experience with the students. She also mentioned the importance of celebrating the milestones achieved, drafting of ideas, necessity of financial management and relevance of work life balance. Students also learned various strategies to be adopted as an entrepreneur. She also explained how to tackle the challenging situations as a women entrepreneur. Most importantly, the session helped to boost the young minds of Kristu Jayanti College towards a bright future.


Women Empowerment Cell Webinar “Health and Hygiene”: Dr.Annama Thomas
The Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) Bangalore, organized a webinar on “Health and Hygiene” exclusively for the first year undergraduate girl students of Commerce/ Management/Computer Science on 29th September 2020 at 10.30 am using Zoom Video Conferencing portal. Dr. Rema, faculty coordinator of the women empowerment welcomed the Chief Guest. The session was presided over by Dr. Annama Thomas, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, St. John’s Hospital who spoke to the students about the importance of gender specific awareness about ‘Teenage Health and Personal Hygiene’ and early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

In her seminar, Dr. Annamma Thomas mentioned the significance of regular exercise, proper diet and stress-free environment for proper reproductive health and highlighted on the inevitability of being aware of personal growth and changes and irregularities in the menstrual cycle that could be indicators of serious health issues. Dr.Annamma Thomas informed about the biological aspects of growth and changes in women and gave students tips on how to improve on their personal hygiene. She also educated the students on the importance of proper disposal of sanitary napkins.

Dr Annamma Thomas insisted the students to practice Yoga and regular exercises for student’s personal wellbeing and counseled the students on how to prepare and deal with stress and mood-swings on the days of menstruation.

In her view, unhealthy lifestyle during menstruation tends to cause genital tract infections and STD that further leads to complications in pregnancy in a later stage. She stated that poor menstrual hygiene can even lead to cervical cancers. In the last part of the session, she enlightened the students about self-examination tactics and methods for early detection of breast and cervical cancers. This was followed by a feedback session. More than 700 students attended the session with great zest and their queries were also resolved by the resource person.


Women Empowerment Cell Webinar on “Gender Equality And Women's Right In View Of Covid 19 Circumstances: From A Legal Perspective"
Resource Person:Prof. Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas Registrar, National Law School of India University

Women are considered to be the back bone for a progressing nation. Women are empowered, when they are able to access the opportunities without limitations and restrictions and can make their own decisions. Gender equality is when both women and men experience equal conditions for realizing their full human potential, and have the opportunity to participate, contribute to and benefit equally. In today’s scenario, while the governments and policymakers are strategizing to battle the global pandemic, the issue of domestic violence against women amidst the lockdown has received little or no attention from them. The pandemic of violence against women aptly termed as ‘Shadow pandemic’ by Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has impacted the women across the globe, since women make up 70 percent of the health workforce and are more likely to be front-line health workers, especially nurses, midwives and community health workers. To highlight this issue, a webinar by Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru conducted a webinar on Gender Equality And Women’s Right in View of COVID 19 Circumstances: From a Legal Perspective" by Prof. Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas, Registrar, National Law School of India University on 6th July 2020 at 2.30pm through zoom platform. There were 329 participants in the webinar. Prof. Sarasu is the Coordinator, Centre for Women and the Law, and also for Human Rights Lawyering Programme. She has served as Consultant to the UN organisation on Drugs and Crime, South Asia. She coordinates various outreach activities on Human rights, corporate social responsibility, Disability, Human Trafficking. Through her research articles and books, she represents women rights as the basic necessity not as special benefits. During the current Pandemic, she was seen encouraging law students to help those seeking justice by strengthening the Legal Service network.

Prof. Sarasu shared experiences and her continuous effort in helping women in achieving gender equality and is striving to reduce the effect of COVID 19 pandemic on women. She highlighted many cases of women being affected physically, emotionally, financially and in their health during the lockdown. According to her, the country is facing a pandemic and an age-old problem of domestic violence together. Often, the cases of domestic violence do not come out as people don’t heed to it as a problem because it happens in the personal sphere. She also stated out certain laws which can help women during this pandemic lockdown situations. This pandemic has stripped women of the short-lived freedom that they have, while going to work or to schools or colleges and it is indeed something to be pondered about. She made sure to discuss laws and norms that are in the constitution that talk about gender equality and stereotyping. She urged the participants to lend help directly or indirectly to women being abuse or exploited. She concluded the session by stating that equality starts at home. But the problem starts in the upbringing of boys and girls where girls are asked to do household work whereas boys are just asked to concentrate on their studies. The session was actively participated with lots of queries and doubts from participants. Dr. Sarasu answered all the queries patiently and urged everyone to contact her for further information.


Women Empowerment Cell Empowering Girls for a Better Tomorrow: Workshop on Women in Data Science
Resource Person: Ms. Binu Midhun IBM Developer Advocate and Mr. Mritunjay Vishwakarma Community Leader - Developer Ecosystem, IBM

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, a workshop was conducted by Women Empowerment Cell in association with Department of Computer Science [PG] of Kristu Jayanti College on “Women in Data Science" for PG Computer science girl students on 07th March 2020 to empower them for a better future. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Binu Midhun, IBM Developer Advocate and Mr. Mritunjay Vishwakarma, Community Leader-Developer Ecosystem, IBM. The event began by welcoming the resource persons. Ms. Binu started the session by sharing her experience and her passion to encourage women in IT. She also urged everyone to prepare for ‘Call for Code’. A hands-on session with IBM cloud was conducted. Instructions were given on how to create an IBM cloud account and students were introduced to IBM Watson. Sample data sets were used to try different services on IBM Watson. A demo on implementation of Code Patterns was also shown. The session ended with an activity which emphasized on the importance of thinking different. Students were positive about the session and found the workshop to be informative and useful in creating better career prospects for them. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource persons.


Women Empowerment Cell Training Session on Woman Entrepreneurship in Waste Management Technology
Resource Person: Mr. Anand Raj, Owner, "Eat Raja - Amma Madiddu"- A zero waste juice cafe, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Women Empowerment Cell in association with International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM), Bangalore Chapter and Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a capacity building programme on Woman Entrepreneurship In Waste Management Technology for the girl students of Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru on 7th March 2020. The session was conducted under the framework AICTE-IIWM WAWE (Waste Management Accelerators for Aspiring Woman Entrepreneurs). The students were trained in skills and management to start a zero waste juice centre within the campus and further take it up as an incubation centre for training and employing few rural women for the same. Chief Guest for the day, Mr. Anand Raj, owner "Eat Raja - Amma Madiddu"- A zero waste juice cafe situated in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, gave hands-on training to the students and inspired the students to manage waste and contribute to sustainable development. Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College gave all support to the students to go ahead with the environment friendly venture and Ms. P Bineesha, E D of IIWM assured that IIWM will be doing the hand holding of this incubation centre and facilitate in creating linkages like technology support for mechanisation, franchise model development digital interface etc. Followed by the training session, interested students registered their names to initiate the on-campus venture. The students of Kristu Jayanti College look forward to set an archetype for having the first zero waste juice cafe on campus. Students were positive about the session and found the workshop to be informative and useful in creating better career prospects for them. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource persons.


6th National level conference organized by the Women Empowerment Cell
National level conference organized by the Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College was a one day professional enhancement forum which inspired and empowered women of all ages and abilities. It served as a platform to incorporate the diverse expression of women’s voices, concerns and expertise. It also gave opportunity to discuss the key approaches of research, and challenges faced by women in nurturing a career. The conference was inaugurated by Ms. Annapurna, Founder and CEO, Emotionalytics & Co. She emphasized on the generation equality, youth contribution towards achieving sustainable development. One key note session on “Women in Genetics” was delivered by Savithri Bhat, Convener, Indian Women Scientist Association, Bangalore, where she briefed on the challenges faced by women in science. The session also pointed at many notable women scientists who went beyond their way with their contributions and achievements in science. Another key note session was given by Ms. Jennifer Rajan, Founder & CEO, Leanonme Counseling Services Private Limited, Bangalore. In her session –Women and Leadership, three aspects were emphasized viz., Believe in yourself, Make your partner a real partner and Don’t Leave before you leave. The chief guest for the valedictory function was Ms. Priya B Prasad, Director, PwC India(Advisory). She highlighted on the fact that women need not be empowered by others. It’s her inner strength which pushes her beyond her capabilities. They have to be focused and work towards their goal. The national Conference was attended by more than 150 participants (within and outside state) and there were around 30 paper presentations which happened in two different venues.


National Girl child Day - Empowering Girls for a Bigger Tomorrow
When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” -Michelle Obama “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.” -Amy Tenny

National Girl Child Day in India is celebrated on 24 January to raise awareness about the rights of girls and to highlight the inequalities that they face in their lives.

The department of Psychology in association with the Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College Celebrated ‘National Girl child Day’ with the theme Empowering Girls for a Bigger Tomorrow;

The awareness programme focused on the challenges that girls face, it was an attempt to spread awareness among students about the lack of equality, which a girl faces in all spheres. The awareness program was dedicated to every girl who suffered from the challenges of life. At Kristu Jayanti College, Learning is not limited to just classroom, but our college believes in making every student of Kristu Jayanti to become socially responsible, sensitive towards societal needs and overall, becoming a responsible individual.

The program aimed at changing the mindset of people and increasing awareness about the importance and role of the girl in the society. A girl deserves equality among people in the society. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India has said, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” A country that empowers women empowers every individual! We have to start with protecting the girl child”

And this message was rightly conveyed by our students.

By empowering our daughters we empower their communities which mean empowering the nation! Spread awareness and change mindsets to ensure that communities and families welcome and celebrate daughters.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Guest Lecture on Personal Hygiene for a Healthy Life
A guest lecture on 02nd December 2019 was conducted by Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College on “Personal Hygiene for a healthy life” to educate and empower girl students of II semester UG courses of Deanery of Science. The awareness talk was delivered by Dr. Annamma Thomas, M.B.B.S, M.S, Obsetrician and Gyanecologist, St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru. Dr. Annamma spoke on current adolescent issues and awareness on hygienic practices instrumental in maintaining proper health of young adults pertaining to menstrual hygiene, PCOS and other disorders. She highlighted the importance of active and healthy lifestyle and avoidance of stress and junk food life style. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, new, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person. Dr. Ranjitha presented Dr. Annamma with a memento as a token of gratitude.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Guest Lecture on Breaking Every Addiction Touch
Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a guest lecture on “Breaking Every Addiction Touch” to educate and empower boys of II semester UG courses of Deanery of Science on 02nd December 2019. The awareness talk on this topic was delivered by Mr. Shaji Kurien, Prison Fellowship, Bengaluru. Mr. Shaji Kurien is an NRI now settled in Bengaluru and working with prison Fellowship to reform prisoners and is actively working in the field of mental health of youth. Mr. Shaji Kurien spoke about his experiences as youth involved in drugs and alcohol and how it affected him mentally and physically. He shared his efforts in overcoming the addictions in life and how one should stay free of them. He highlighted on the importance of self-control and self-awareness of addictions in every form. He also gave insights into each type addiction, its mechanism and effects on personal and professional life of an individual and physical and mental state of person. He spoke on the dangers and signs luring youth to addictions and advised students to speak about any threatening situations to their family and teachers.. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, new, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person. Dr. Sangeetha Menon presented Mr. Shaji Kurien with a memento as a token of gratitude.


Women Empowerment Cell - Intercollegiate Fest 'Sakhi 2K19
Priyanka C.P, of V Semester B.Com 'A', student representative from Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College participated and Won First Prize in Intercollegiate Fest 'Sakhi 2K19' organized by Women Cell at SB College of Management, Bangalore on 4th Oct 2019. She gave a “Presentation on Women Achievers of 2018”.


Women Empowerment Cell Guest Lecture on Cervical Cancer Awareness
Resource Person: Dr. CHAYA NAIR, M.B.B.S, M.D
Paediatrics Specialist,
Falcon Health Care, Bengaluru

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a guest lecture on “Cervical cancer awareness” to educate and empower girl students of all streams of V semester BBA on 30th September 2019. The awareness talk on this topic was delivered Dr. Chaya Nair, M.B.B.S, M.D., Paediatrics Specialist, Falcon Healthcare, Bengaluru. Dr. Chaya gave information and awareness on causes of cervical cancer and its signs and symptoms. She also stressed on the importance of teenage health and personal hygiene. She highlighted the importance of vaccination against cervical cancer and also highlighted the importance of active and healthy lifestyle. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be significant, important, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person.


Women Empowerment Cell Guest Lecture on Cervical Cancer Awareness
Resource Person: Dr. CHAYA NAIR, M.B.B.S, M.D
Paediatrics Specialist,
Falcon Health Care, Bengaluru

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a guest lecture on “Cervical cancer Awareness” to educate and empower girl students of all streams of BBA course on 26th September 2019. The awareness talk on this topic was delivered Dr. Chaya Nair, M.B.B.S, M.D., Paediatrics Specialist, Falcon Healthcare, Bengaluru. Dr. Chaya gave information and awareness on teenage health and personal hygiene. She highlighted the importance of vaccination against cervical cancer and also highlighted the importance of active and healthy lifestyle. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be new, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate And Empower Self Defense Workshop Basic Training on Martial Arts
Resource Person: Miss. Sheryl Riya Thomas

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted training on martial arts for all UG students on 19th September 2019. The self-defense training on basics of martial arts was conducted by Miss. Sheryl Riya Thomas. Ms. Sheryl taught the participants on how to be self-aware of dangers lurking around us. She taught the basics of martial training for self-defense in dangerous situations. She taught the students the tricks to weaken the opponent and basic exercises to be flexible. She also taught on how to tackle unfriendly people, defend the health and well-being of oneself from harm. Students were excited about the workshop and quickly learned the tricks of self-defense. They were actively involved in the training and gave positive feedbacks on how they found the workshop useful to keep themselves flexible, alert and safe.


Guest Lecture on Women Entrepreneur on Live Your Dreams, Be a Woman Entrepreneur
Guest Lecture: Women Entrepreneur
On
“Live Your Dreams, Be A Woman Entrepreneur”
Resource Person:
Ar. BINDU SUBRAMANI
FOUNDER OF WEDZIN

With the motto in mind “Educate and Empower”, an entrepreneurial guest lecture was conducted by Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College on “Live your dreams, be a woman entrepreneur” on 17th September 2019. The talk for post graduate girl students was delivered by Ar. Bindu Subramani, the Founder of Wedzin. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person. Ar. Bindu founded Wedzin in 2001 which helped people to connect to the space in which they live, work and visit by providing an exemplary personalized architectural service. She spoke about the importance of women entrepreneurs and how they are different from men, stating that while men are only daring, women are daring as well as caring. She shared her wonderful journey of entrepreneurship and she motivated the crowd with her few principles to be successful women entrepreneurs: Responsibility, Sincerity, Perspective, perfection, creativity, innovativeness and most importantly the attitude to take up challenges and roles and contribute something better to the society. She emphasized that one should believe in themselves and be dedicated and passionate towards their dreams and not to limit oneself by any boundaries. She pointed out three things to be accomplished in life: Vidya (learning), Sadhana (achievement) and Seva (service). Ar. Bindu Subramani concluded her talk with the struggles and challenges she faced before and during her startup in terms of gender inequality which she took up as challenge and proved herself to be successful and treated all those challenges as stepping stones for success. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, motivating, encouraging, inspirational and enlightening. Miss. Megha delivered the vote of thanks.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Self Defense Workshop Basic Training on Martial Arts
Resource Person: Miss. Sheryl Riya Thomas

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a basic training on martial arts for all UG students on 13th September 2019. The self-defense training on basics of martial arts was conducted by Miss. Sheryl Riya Thomas. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person Ms. Sheryl taught the participants on how to be self-aware of dangers lurking around us. She taught the basics of martial training for self-defense in dangerous situations. She also taught on how to tackle unfriendly people, defend the health and well-being of oneself from harm. Students were excited about the workshop and quickly learned the tricks of self-defense. They were actively involved in the training and gave positive feedbacks on how they found the workshop useful to keep themselves safeguarded and also to help others.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Guest Lecture on Health Care of Young Adults
A guest lecture on 26th August 2019 was conducted by Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College on “Health care of young adults” to educate and empower girl students of PG courses of Economics, Commerce, English and Social work. The awareness talk was delivered by Dr. Nagaveni R., M.B.B.S, D.G.O., Obsetrician and Gyanecologist, Ovum Hospitals Bengaluru. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person. Dr. Nagaveni gave information and awareness on hygienic practices instrumental in maintaining proper health of young adults pertaining to menstrual hygiene, PCOS and other disorders. She highlighted the importance of active and healthy lifestyle and avoidance of stress and junk food life style. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, new, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person. Miss. Megha delivered the Vote of Thanks.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Srujana 2019
Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted Srujana 2019- An Arts and Craft Exhibition cum Sale for all UG students on 23rd August 2019. Rev.Fr. Emmanuel P.J, Director of Kristu Jayanti College of Law; Director, Jayantian Extension Services and Faculty, Department of Psychology inaugurated the exhibition. Rev.Fr. Emmanuel visited every stall with great excitement, interest, curiosity and expressed his astonishment and happiness with the skills and talents of the students who had put an exhibition cum sale of their creativity. There were more than 20 stalls setups by students displaying their creativity and skills put to the best use. Exhibition cum sale was visited by faculty and students of the college and there was a brisk sale of the products displayed. Visitors appreciated the exhibition content and creativity of the student. Students were motivated by the appreciation and also learnt about the entrepreneurial and marketing tactics for their future development.


Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower Art and Craft Workshop
Women Empowerment Cell Educate and Empower
Art and Craft Workshop
Resource Person: Miss. Sidhi Agarwal

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted an arts and crafts workshop for all UG students on 13th August 2019. The arts and crafts workshop was conducted by Miss. Sidhi Agarwal. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person Ms. Sidhi taught the participants on how to make rose petals and leaves, stems from colored papers and also taught them to make a small bouquet of flowers from tissue papers. Students were excited about the workshop and quickly learned the tricks in making flower papers. They were actively involved in the workshop and the workshop was also graced by the presence of Rev. Fr. Principal Jose Kutty P.D. Father Principal appreciated the flowers made by students and was highly interested in the way flowers were made. Students actively participated in the session and gave positive feedbacks on how they learnt something new and creative and use waste papers to create something useful.


Guest Lecture on Teenage Health and Personal Hygiene
Resource Person: Dr. NAGAVENI R., M.B.B.S, D.G.O
Obsetrician and Gyanecologist, Ovum Hospitals, Bengaluru

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College conducted a guest lecture on “Teenage Health and Personal Hygiene” to educate and empower girl students of all streams of B.A course on 01st August 2019. The awareness talk on this topic was delivered Dr. Nagaveni R., M.B.B.S, D.G.O., Obsetrician and Gyanecologist, Ovum Hospitals Bengaluru. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person. Dr. Ranjitha welcomed Mrs. Antonia with a bouquet. Dr. Nagaveni gave information and awareness on teenage health and personal hygiene pertaining to PCOS and other disorders. She highlighted the importance of active and healthy lifestyle and avoidance of stress and junk food life style. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, new, informative and relevant. The discussion session was interesting and the students actively participated in the question session and had their doubts cleared with the resource person. Miss. Sneha delivered the Vote of Thanks.


Guest Lecture on Gender Sensitivity
Resource Person: MRS. ANTONIA RATNAKALA
Founder & Director, Institution for Family Wellbeing

With the motto in mind “Educate and Empower”, a guest lecture was conducted by Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College on “Gender Sensitivity” on 19th July 2019. The talk for I Sem B.Com girl students (Sections A-F and Tourism) was delivered by Mrs. Antonia Ratnakala, Founder and Director, Institution for Family Wellbeing, Bengaluru. Miss. Aishwarya Nair welcomed the gathering and the resource person. Dr. Ranjitha welcomed Mrs. Antonia with a bouquet. Two young girls shared their story of physical, economical and emotional abuse by their respective life partners. The resource person reflected on their stories and stressed on how to identify abusive and violent relationships. She also listed out warning signs and the red flag zones which should be keenly observed to steer us away from the dangers and be cautious about dating relationships. Students were positive about the session and found the talk to be informative, new, inspirational and enlightening. Miss. Sneha delivered the Vote of Thanks.


Guest Lecture On How to Deal With Your Teenage Life
Date: 3rd July 2017
No. of Beneficiaries: 228 students
Name and details of Resource person: Ms. Antonia Ratnakala, Director Tasallishelter home for women Bangalore
Objective: To create an awareness about teenage issue and how to deal with them

The Women Empowerment Cell of our college organzied a guest lecture on "How to deal with your teenagelife." For First year B. Com students. The speaker for the event was Ms. Antonia Ratnakal who is a social worker with over 20 years of experience in development work. Ms. Antonio heads institute for family wellbeing, an organisation focused on creatingawareness about violence, trafficking, child sexual abuse, child marriage, and rape through their shelter.

During the one hour session she talked about traits of a Healthy relationship where good communication, respect, trust, honesty and equality plays an important role. She also mentioned the traits of an Unhealthy and Abusive relationship which lacks good communication, honesty, trust, respect and which includes physical and emotional abuse. She continued with the cycle of abuse which starts with Tension building which includes fights and verbal abuse which is then followed by second stage of the cycle, Physical abuse. Certain external influences leads to Reconciliation which is the third stage of the cycle. This is followed by the temporary Honeymoon period which is the fourth stage of the cycle and it includes giving gifts to each other. This stage does not last long and reverts back to the first stage and the cycle continues. She further talks about how love is not just a mere emotion but a commitment towards the future.

Ms. Akansha shared who was rescued by the institution of Tasalli home shared her experiences with the students where she talked about her married life and the difficulties she went through. Ms. Antonia made the students aware and gave them certain warning signs of abuse where physical hurting, possessiveness, isolating someone were some of the elements. The session ended with a video which showcased the impact of the Bollywood culture on Indian men. An example of this is the incident that took place in Australia where a case was filed on an Indian guy who was arrested for harassing two Australian women who justified himself by claiming that he learned it from a Bollywood movie.

"Take precaution and you will have a Healthy life". By quoting this Ms. Antonia ended the seminar.


Guest LectureOnHealth and Hygiene
Date: 14thAugust 2017
Resource person: Dr. Annamma Thomas, Head department of Gynaecology, St. Johns hospital Bengaluru
No. of beneficiaries: 658 students
Objective: Major focus on the health of adolescents

Dr.Annamma focused her session on areas:
* The importance of sex education and its effect on the youth.
* An insight about the importance of coping up with emotions in the changing environment. Dr.Annammaexplained the students about preventing themselves from being misled by the change in lifestyle.
* An overview of the menstrual cycle undergone by adolescents and how to tackle various issues related to it.
* Shared her knowledge about various vacancies which prevent adolescents from being subject to transmitted diseases.
* Dr.Annamma ended her session by giving health tips about the benefits of eating healthy food and the importance of indulging into regular exercise.
* She also emphasized on how spirituality could help oneself stay healthy and fit.
* The students actively participated in the guest lecturer.


SRUJANA –ART AND CRAFT EXHIBITION
DATE: 24th August 2017
Number of Participants: 74 Students
Chief Guest: Rev. Fr. Sebastian Elangickal, Provincial, St. Joseph province, CMI
Objective: Srujana 2017 was organized to create a platform for the women of the college to portray their talents and entrepreneurial skills.

The art and craft exhibition was inaugurated on august 2017 in mini Audi 1 by the chief guest Rev.Fr Sebastian Elangickal .The chief guest was accompanied by the principal and vice principal. The chief guest mentioned in his speech that it was a good sign to see students have the passion for art and craft .He commended the efforts put up by all the students who were gathered. He motivated the students to pursue their passion with the aim of deriving satisfaction out of it He visited each stall and conversed with the students about the stalls they had put up.

There were around 29 stalls put by the girls of the college .It was a one day exhibition cum sale which was open for all students and faculty members. Srujana 2017 turned out to be a success with the participation of 74 students. The exhibits ranged from a variety of products like handmade jewellery, kundan flowers, photo frames, tiaras etc. Students visited the stalls throughout the day and encouraged the participants by buying the products. The exhibition was encouraged and supported by all. The staff coordinators were the driving force behind the participation of every student. Winners of this exhibition were declared on the basis of creativity, talent and the amount earned by them. The exhibition ended at 4.30 pm.


5THNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “Transmuting Women through Values and Well-Being
Date: 12th October 2017
Venue: Mini Auditorium II
No. of participants: 208 participants

The Women Empowerment Cell (WEC) of Kristu Jayanti College successfullyorganized its 4thone-day National Conference on 12thOctober 2017 titled “Transmuting Women through values and well-being ’’.Altogether 13 delegates and 20 invites from all over nation took part in the conference which constituted of students, teachers and professors from different institutions; along with them 175 students of our college also took part in the conference.

Inauguration Time: 9:30-10:30
Chief Guest -Shazia Ilmi, Additional Director Engineers India LtdGuest of honour: Ms. Lilla Gourley , Manager in Audit service Grant Thornton, Bengaluru
Ms. Shazia Ilmi, Additional Director Engineers India Ltd, graced the inaugural function by sharing her valuable thoughts and insights of the conference theme. She highlighted the necessity to believe in you and exploring the world, keeping in mind that there are no boundaries for women. She highlighted that we women should never compromise on their dreams we should always work towards our dreams and reach the same by overcoming all the hurdles . A Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was also promoted during the inaugural session.

In the Keynote address, Ms. Lilla Gourley, Manager in Audit service, Grant Thornton, Bangalore, she started addressing the gathering by sharing her own experience of life she shared that she started her career as a sheriff then moved into a university for perusing masters and joined Grant Thornton Ms.Lilla emphasized on the aspects of following your heart and adapting to changes in this dynamic world.

First Technical Session: “Role of Women in corporate life facilitating transformation through value’
Time: 10:45 –11:45
Resource Person: Ms. Kalpana Kumaran, Regional Manager Human Resource (Talent acquisition)Grant Thornton, Bengaluru
Ms. Kalpana stated thatover the past few years, she has been watching the role of women increase at the global level. Corporate initiatives such as that of Cisco, Nike, and The Cola Cola Company have embraced the position of women not only within the corporation, but also withinthe communities they operate. Micro-lending is done predominantly to women with the knowledge that bringing women into the world economy is the predominant ingredient in developing a community, if not a nation. Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, said in 2016 –“soon we saw that money going to women brought much more benefit to the family than money going to the men. So we changed our policy and gave a high priority to women. As a result, now 96% of our four million borrowers in Grameen Bank are women.” Corporations such as Whole Foods Market have followed this model with the mission of the Whole Planet Foundation which provides micro-loans to women in global communities where they source products for their stores.

She stated that a leader should be tactical, strategic and transformational. A woman in top management positions in companies can give a real competitive edge by spreading these leadership practices with in the organizations. Through this technical session, Ms. Kalpana Kumaranconveyed her view on transformation by enduring to the values.

Technical Session II:“Women’s well-being self-care and Security”
Time: 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Resource Person: Dr. Ashlesha Bagadia,Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Maternal mental health and counselling therapy, Bengaluru
Dr. Ashlesha Bagadia, stated thatdespite many challenges and barriers, women human rights defenders and practitioners are finding innovative and holistic ways to sustain their well-being and security. Dialogue participants stressed thatthe concept of “self-care”is fundamental to sustaining the well-being of women human rights defenders. Often times, however, a general lack of personal convictionamong defenders, regarding their own well-being as well as the patriarchal conception of women as care-givers of the world, leaves them worn-out. In order to combat this reality, human rights practitioners are taking the initiative to organize workshops aimed at creating a sense of conviction which values self-care ideals and activities with a feminist perspective among women human rights defenders. Finding ways to “decompress” is also important; participants discussed the benefits and risks of de-briefingto release anxiety and stress following a traumatic incident.

Technical Session III: “Role of Women in Socialtransformation
Time: 01:30pm-02:30pm
Resource Person: Dr.Jayalakshmi, Faculty CMR Law School, Bengaluru
Dr. Jayalakshmistated that modern women in the present age occupy top rank and attain immense success in all the fields such as sports, politics, performing arts, police, administration, medicine and etc. Mother Teresa, P T Usha, M S Subbulakshmi, Kiran Bedi, Dr Padmavathi, Sushma Swaraj, the great environmentalist and social activist Medha Patkar and Promilla Kalhan have become great names in different fields of their work. Now with the encouragement of co-education, women have cast off the age old inferiority complex and are marching side by side with men in every walk of life. Women are actually proving to be academically better and socially more active. When we come across the results of competitive examinations in all India civil services and Indian universities we are happily surprised to note that women capture most of the merit seats. They are also aware of the fast changing social milieu and they are making sustained efforts to scale the leaders of social progress by dint of their zeal and dynamism. They are contributing extensively towards the social transformation and building of the nation.

Paper presentation
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Totally 8 papers were presented by delegates from other institution, which was related to women development, women obligation’s, women empowerment and various software technology helping women.

Valedictory
Time: 4:30 –5:00p.m
Chief Guest -Dr. Cynthia Menezes Prabhu, Professor & Coordinator MBA Programme Jnana Bharathi Campus, Bengaluru
Chief guest for the Valedictory session on 5th National conference was Dr. Cynthia Menezes Prabhu, Professor & Coordinator MBA Programme Jnana Bharathi Campus, Bengaluru. She graced the inaugural function at 4:30 pm. The Chief Guestemphasized upon urge for the women empowerment. Having reached the pinnacle in traditionally male-dominated bastions of business in India, these women are making waves with their achievements. With their inherent talent and access to robust financial resources, they are powerful enough to impact their organisations and the economy in a big way. The significant power they wield derives from a combination of influence and authority, success in delivering outcomes and real personal responsibility.


Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya
Date: 26th July 2017 to 29th July 2017 and 3rd August 2017
No. of Beneficiaries: 345 students
Name and details of Resource person: Dr. Molly Joy Head department of Psychology Kristu Jayanti College
Dr. Rema Faculty department of Psychology Kristu Jayanti college Prof. Madhumalathi Faculty department of Commerce Kristu Jayanti college
Objective: To create an awareness about hygiene and cleanliness in the campus and to support Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign.

Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College Organised Awareness Programme on Hygiene for PG Girls Students to encourage hygiene and cleanliness in the campus and to support Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign. The Programme highlighted on personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and toilet usage and sessions were taken as per the availability of particular departments in different schedule by three faculties.

During this programme the students gave the following suggestions
* Covered dustbins in all the toilets and near washbasin.
* Clean Buckets and mugs
* Gun Facility in western toilets
* Liquid Soap near wash basin
*Paid Sanitary Napkin facility
*Door Mat near the toilets
*Tissues and newspapers to be kept


Guest LectureOnTeenage Health and Personal Hygiene
Date –1st March 2018
No. of Beneficiaries: 128 Students
Resource Person –Dr.Veena Patil MBBS, MD(Skin) –Dermato-Cosmetologist Medi-Derma Hospital

The session included the coverage of the following topics on the following aspects such as:
* The importance of knowledge regarding to women’s personal hygiene and how to deal with the day to day changes in one’s body.
*The necessity of taking proper care of the hair and skin, included the number of times hair and skin must be washed.
* Eating habits among the present generation and how it has a direct impact on the skin and hair.
* Focused on the fact that doctors examination is of utmost importance rather than self-treatment, which would prevent from severe skin or hair diseases.
* Importance of taking good care of private parts by washing and cleaning them on regular basis.
* Drugs and supplements and how it has an adverse effect on women’s health.


Workshop OnSelf-Defence
Date- 1st Feb 2018
No. of beneficiaries: 72 participants
Resource Person –Master Lee Former Karnataka Coach of police training

The session conducted by Master Lee and his team was a practical session where the students were demonstrated with defence techniques.
* The session gave an insight how to tackle danger or treat from another person by using ones hand and leg.
* Focus was given on various aspects such as the importance of confidence, preparation and the planning.
* Simple techniques of kicking and punching were portrayed and taught to students.
* Importance of teaching self-defense for the betterment and safety of women.

Women Empowerment Cell Committee Members
Dr. Jisha V G
Dr. Rema M K
Dr. B Subha
Ms. Divya K S
Dr. Geethu Anna Mathew
Dr. Indira M N
Ms. K Opika
Ms. Manimekala B
Dr. Margaret Mary T
Dr. Pauline V N
Ms. Rupashree R
Dr. Sangeetha Menon
Dr. Sheeja Krishnakumar
Dr. Sivagama Sundari U
Ms. Thanuja K A
Ms. Varly Luthra
Ms. Vinodha Devi K

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