The International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated with a talk by a prominent social worker Dr. Smita Desai, Founder of the organization, Drishti and a Poster Exhibition at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus on 10th October, 2014. The students of the 7 campuses of the Pillai Group prepared innovative and creative posters on the theme of the girl child with a view of spreading the message of Gender Sensitization and Awareness. These were displayed at the Campus and thousands of students visited the Poster Exhibition.
The function started with a short cultural programme by the management students of the Campus followed by the talk by Dr. Desai which was very interactive and motivating. She challenged the students to make catchy slogans on the inequality faced by girls in society and encouraged each student to play an active role by being conscious of their behaviour and attitudes towards women in general. More than 500 students and faculty members attended the function.
After the talk, Dr. Desai inaugurated the Poster Exhibition and declared the three best posters which were students of the Mahatma School of Academics and Sports, Khanda Colony. Three consolation prizes were won by the architecture and management students of the Panvel Campus. This exhibition was carried to the campuses at Sector 8, Khanda Colony and Rasayani Campus to spread the message to all the students of the various campuses.
International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations. The observation supports more opportunity for girls, and increases awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination and violence.
This event was conducted by Soroptimist member Dr. Celina Joy and Prof. Sanobar Shaikh, Prof. Kashmeera K. of Pillai Polytechnic co-ordinated to make the programme a success.