XISS celebrates International Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day, which is observed on March 8 every year, was celebrated at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi in the Fr. Michael Van Den Bogaert SJ Auditorium on Tuesday. The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.

In his address, Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director XISS emphasized on gender equity and gender justice and said every year this day reminds us of the powerful human beings that women are. But when we come closer to the reality of their situation at home or workplace, an entirely different picture is seen. They are often kept deprived of the power to make decisions, which is averse to the popular belief of the day we are celebrating today. The plight of women especially in rural areas often leads to them becoming domestic helps or being trafficked and this situation is worsening day by day. This hostile approach needs to be corrected and only then we will celebrate this day in its actual glory. At XISS, we believe in making an environment equal for all, keeping all gender bias at bay.

The event was followed by an informal interactive session and sharing of thoughts between the faculty and staff. Dr Pradeep Kerketta SJ, Assistant Director, Dr Amar E. Tigga, Dean Academics, Heads of all Programmes, esteemed faculty members and staffs of XISS were present during the celebration.