Webinar Law Education and Women Empowerment

On 14th August 2020, DY Patil Deemed to be University, School of Law had invited Adv. Vandana Chavan for an interactive webinar session. The topic of discussion for the webinar was law education and women empowerment. For the webinar we even had Chancellor Dr. Vijay Patil as a panelist and the interview was hosted by Adv. Abhilasha Amar Mane.

Adv. Vandana Chavan is a member of Rajya Sabha for her second term and is currently serving as a member of the committee for Human Resource Development. She was also a member of the Railways Convention Committee, committee for Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, committee for Science, Technology, Environment and Forest, committee member for Coal and Mine Amendment Bill, Women Empowerment Committee and member of Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management. She was the mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation in 1997. She is a well-known writer and her creations have been appreciated well across the country. The topics were law of cruelty, abetment of suicide, dowry death.  She has been a guest lecturer at various international forums held in Spain, Sydney, Germany, Australia and various topics like Women and Local Governance, Women and Environment, Women Political power, Next generation leadership and many more.

Adv. Chavan was an advocate in the High Court of Mumbai and was into civil and family laws. She was a second-generation lawyer and her dad was also a very famous criminal advocate. In 8 years, she had built her repertoire and was one of the two only female advocates in the High Court. Then before the 72nd amendment of Indian Constitution, Mr. Sharad Pawar (then CM of Maharashtra), brought in 30% reservation for women in the local governments. She was approached for as a candidate of the elections of her ward and that’s how her journey in politics started.

Her message to young girls who join the legal field, was to never allow anyone to stop them in their path. she was one of the only 2 women criminal advocates in Shivaji Nagar Court and there were instances when she felt gender biasness but she never allowed this to be a hindrance in her path. Her confidence and feeling of fighting for our own rights was inculcated in only because of the background and family in which she was raised. Her father was also an advocate and always treated girl and boy alike. Fighting all the problems coming in our way rather than giving an excuse about it is her motto.

She also passed a message to parents who think that law is not a career for women. Society usually questioned a girl who thought of becoming a lawyer but now the times have changed. The number of girls now joining law have increased. Right now, the competition has increased even in the legal education sector. If one really wants to make their daughter independent, capable, and empowered then they should allow them to choose the career they want to take.

She strongly supports women education. During her tenure as a Municipal Corporator she observed that till 8th standard girls would study in the municipal schools and after that when they would have to change the school according to then education policy, parents would not allow it and would rather get her married. This stand she had been constantly speaking about that a government school should be continued till 10th standard and then soon the education policies were merged and a girl child education was made compulsory till 10th standard.

The event was then concluded with a warm vote of thanks by Adv. Abhilasha Mane.