By Express News Service
Participants of the inter-collegiate poster-designing and painting competition held on the same theme on Monday | R Satish Babu
CHENNAI : Why should somebody give us power when we can empower ourselves, asked cultural activist V R Devika at the women empowerment lecture at Queen Mary’s College on Monday.
Speaking on the importance of women empowerment, Andie De Arment Cultural Affairs Officer, US Consulate, said that empowerment of women was a global phenomenon and felt that for every society to develop, women involving themselves as active members in society was essential.
She spoke about how Indian- Americans, women in particular, had excelled, with specific reference to Kalpana Chawla’s achievements in space. Andie also went on to speak about the contribution of the Indian diaspora in the United States. “Even with one per cent of the population in the United States comprising Indian-Americans, seven per cent of physicians and surgeons and three percent of the engineers in the US are Indian-Americans,” she added.
M Devadas, Director of Collegiate Education, emphasised on the importance of women empowerment and said that empowering women differed from granting them freedom. The former would pave the way for society’s development, he said and added that men and women should cooperate with each other rather than competing.Apart from the lectures, there was an inter-collegiate poster designing and painting contest themed on women empowerment, which was judged by Andie and Devika.