National conference on role of women in water, sanitation and hygiene held


Women are often the primary collectors, transporters and users of water due to cultural and historic reasons, . They are responsible for health, child care and sanitation activities. The Karunya Education and Research Trust organized the National conference  on  "Participation and Role of Women in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene".   The conference was supported and sponsored by the National Commission for Women. The conference was well  coordinated  by SEESHA and the Karunya Institute of  technology and sciences  .The students and faculty  contributed by participating in poster competition and presentation. 

The conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest , Mr.Ramachandru Tejavath , I.A.S  ( Special Representative from Telungana Govt) . He told that the Central Govt is taking intitiatives on Swach Bharat and other programs and the success lies in the implementation of the individual household women. Though we claim to have women elected representative to be part of the local self government and it lacks autonomy due to gender bias. The scenario should change to empower the women to play major role in Water , Sanitation and Hygiene. The Vice Chancellor Dr.P.Mannar Jawahar gave presidential address. Mr.D. Ramamoorthy , IFS (Retd), Director ,Karunya Education and Research Trust  concluded the conference and gave valedictory address . Felicitation was given by Pro Vice Chancellor Dr.Ridling Maragaret Waller and Water Institute Director ,Dr.E.J. James.Dr.P.Jagathambal welcomed the gathering. Mr.Henry Waller ,the chief operating officer of SEESHA gave special address.  The State govt steps in forging particpation of women in wash was highlighted by  Mr.P.Selvarajan, The additional Director for Rural Development (ADRD), women development corporation.  The role of women and community perspective was highlighed by Senior Justice Dr.I.Jeyanthi. The psycho Social  distress faced by women was elaborated by Dr.A.Thirumoorthy from NIMHANS. 

There was also a panel discussion  moderated by Mr.Henry Waller, COO , SEESHA and  several speakers Dr.K.N.Vijayanthi from UNICEF,Mr.RUFUS from Ministry of  Skill development and Entrepreneurship, Dr.Daisy Dharmaraj , Mr.Raji  from SEESHA, Mr.Avnish Rana from Ministry of Employment , Ms.Amirtha Mathi from Gramalaya and Dr.Manoj from KITS  participated and discussed the Role of govt and NGOs and how they can arrive at a revenue model also highlighted.
The delegates from various states such as representatives of the local self government , self help groups, researchers , students, scientists , Govt. officials also participated in the conference.
Mr. S.Tamil Maran ,Head, Centre for Social Outreach and the convenor  of the conference proposed vote of thanks.

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