Women in India constitute about half the power of the country, so in order to make the country powerful in the true sense, the need of the hour is to bring about women empowerment. It is necessary to help women understand their rights to be independent in every field and area for their proper growth and development. If society is unable to give them proper protection, it is obligatory that they learn to safeguard themselves. They cannot be treated as helpless victims of male chauvinism. International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and such celebrations are not sufficient to bring about awareness in the society about the true rights and values of the women in the development of the nation.
Keeping this in mind, BDM International hosted a Self-Defence Awareness Programme on the 13th of June 2018, for the female students of the Senior Secondary section. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Ryena Gupta and Mr. Prateek Pandya, Rotaract Club of Calcutta Eminence in collaboration with Kolkata Police. The idea of a girl being dependent and lacking the power to protect herself and her dignity is been a part of everyone’s thought process in our country. The school does not agree with this view and pleads to differ. BDMI has always believed that girls are as much responsible for the country’s development as much as the male workforce. It is thereby essential to make this section of society as independent as possible. The girls need to be free, sovereign and self-determining.
The students at BDMI were trained with methods of self-defence so that the girls are ever ready to protect themselves. They were taught how to tackle difficult situations and emergency crisis if needed. It was necessary for the girls to understand that they are as capable as the boys to defend themselves and need not be afraid of challenging situations. The principal, Mrs. Vijaya Chaudhuri, herself was mentoring the training and encouraged and motivated the girls to learn with vigor. The idea is not always to combat but to defend, to harness courage so that empowerment does not only take place in terms of equality in education and job opportunities but also in society. To face the exigent circumstances that may crop up to hinder the growth and development of the women. It is definitely laudable and appreciable of the school, that it took the initiative to move in the direction of empowering the girl child. Such programs will definitely lead to awareness in the true sense for the upliftment of women in society and assist women to expand and recreate what it is that they can be, do and accomplish in a circumstance that they were previously denied.