“Bridge gender divide in the managerial system of the State”
A five-day workshop under the University Grants Commission (UGC) programme for capacity building of women managers in higher education, sensitization/awareness/motivation under the aegis of Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Meriema got underway here this morning at Jubilee Memorial Hall, Lerie. The workshop emphasises on awareness of the decision-making position and to take up challenges and responsibilities at middle and higher-level positions in education.
Gracing the inaugural function, state’s women development department director Neilavoü Keditsü stressed on the need to bridge the gender divide in the managerial system of the state.
She asserted that the state government has done a lot achieve the objective but more is yet to be done. The director also pointed out that one area of concern is the need for women to understand that any battle begins from the mind.
Citing examples on Singapore and Malaysia governments policy on preparing women to take leadership in the system of the state, Keditsü called upon the participants to make the workshop a starting point whereby, they set their goals to take up greater challenges and tap the potential for excellence within, which can further lead to overall progress.
Addressing the gathering, resource persons from UGC maintained that women at the higher levels of decision-making is very low in both the academic and administrative sectors of the university and institutes and which need to be addressed. They pointed out that, women managers are heavily under-represented in the management cadres of the University system and said that the UGC seeks to remedy the situation and bring about a more equitable representation of women in administrative positions and develop a gender friendly environment.
The inaugural function was chaired by Dr. Buno Liegise, associate professor, Nagaland University. The workshop to go on till July 20, will feature series technical session on women studies perspective, women and governance, women and academic leadership, customary rights and women’s right, personal and professional roles and women and research. Panel discussion on “Sexual harassment of women in the workplace” will take place on July 19 from 4: 00 pm.
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