International Women’s Day, 2019

International Women’s Day, held to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history, with the goal to strive to build a gender-balanced world was celebrated on our campus on 8th March, 2019. Our administration and senior faculty members have committed to make Gender Equality a priority in their lives and in their University.

2The event, organised by the Gender Sensitization Committee of the D. Y. Patil School of Medicine, had in attendance Honorary Mrs. Shivani Patil, Dr. Nandida Palshetkar and Mrs. Priya Patil, The Dean, Senior Faculty Members, Members of the Staff and students.
The Dean of Students of the D. Y. Patil School of Medicine, Dr. Surekha Patil presented tokens of appreciation to women of our institution who’ve, with their passion, dedication and excellence, stood out in their respective fields.

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Dr. Bhadwar, a Senior Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and our Ex-Dean and HOD and Ex-Dean at Sion Hospital, is loved by all her students and admired for her vast knowledge and experience based teaching methods – was felicitated with a sapling with purple flowers.Purple symbolising dignity and justice, the two important goals that International Women’s Day aims to achieve for all women in all parts of the world.

9Our Matron – Mrs. Surekha, a member of the Hospital’s Housekeeping Staff – Lohar Maushi and an undergraduate MBBS student –Aishwarya were appreciated for their consistent work ethicas well. The event continued with the presentation of a token of appreciation to Dr. Sharmila Patil, Professor and Head of the Department of Dermatology who gave a lecture on “Do’s and Don’ts regarding Skin Care”. Dr. Sharmila is the Honourable Secretary of IADVL, Maharashtra; a Board member of ALERT Institute for Leprosy; a Member of the Advisory Committee for Kelkar Cosmetology & Research Centre and the author of multiple books.

10With this event, the new Gender Champion for our university was announced -Ms. Palak Sharma. She is a student of MBBS, in her third year here at D. Y. Patil and as part of her speech, she mentioned – “Our policies on gender equality, as an institution, stand as examples to all observers as to how women and girls should be treated in the workplace, in centers of education and at home.Universities have the power to be a vital catalyst for such a change.

If we change students’ experiences so they have different expectations of the world around them, expectations of equality, society will change. As we leave home for the first time to study at the places that we have worked so hard to get, we must not see or experience double standards. We need to see equal respect, leadership, and recognition.

The university experience must tell women that their intelligence is valued, and not just that, but that they belong among the leadership of the university itself. And so importantly, right now, the experience must make it clear that the safety of women is a right and not a privilege.

And hence, I am honoured to have been appointed to fulfill the role of Gender Champion and I pledge that I will, to the best of my ability, work towards making every woman feel safe, welcome and supported, just as I have felt, here at DY Patil.”

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