Events: BEYOND BINARY - Gender Sensitization Workshop
Posted On : 17-02-2024 | Date & Time: 24th February, 2024 (Saturday) | View Brochure

St. Xavier’s College marks Gender Sensitization Workshop'24 

St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata hosted its maiden Gender Sensitisation event, an intellectual discourse scheduled on the 24th of February 2024, between 10:00 am and 5 pm. It was a day filled with a rare medley of NGO plays, scholarly lecturers and practitioners perspectives engaging the faculty members and postgraduate arts students present as audience in the Fr. Depelchin Auditorium.  

The inaugural ceremony commenced at 10:00 am, graced by Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio SJ, Principal, Vice Principals and other dignitaries of the college followed by an enriching play presented by the NGO, Samuho, "Hidimba Kotha" between  10:45 am and 12:30 pm, offering a platform for dialogue and collaborative exchange of ideas. Profound insights on the medical aspects of gender followed from renowned physician Dr. Debmalya Sanyal. 

The proceedings resumed at 3:00 pm post lunch with two sessions, one by the NGO Varta presenting a play, "Kothi Ki Atma" and an invited lecture by Dr. Meenakshi Bansal from the International Association for Political Science Students, the academic partner for the event running between 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm offering diverse perspectives and thought-provoking discussions. The Workshop also involved essay writing, poster making and photography contests inviting entries from students across departments.

 "This is one of a kind opportunity which seeks to realise the goal of Gender Equality through Gender Sensitisation", said Dr Panchali Sen, Advisory Member, Centre for Gender Studies alongside her co-organisers Dr. Zaid Al Baset and Dr. Shenjuti Dutta. The event  culminated with the valedictory and closing ceremony at 4:30 pm, honouring the contributions of faculty mentors, the judges, the student organising committee led by Chief Convenor Soumyadeep Chowdhury and the award winners lauding their enthusiasm and encouraging them to continue their pioneering endeavours in making 'his' story equally 'ours'. An event report was published in the Sunday Statesman on 2nd March, 2024.