Kolkata, India (PressExposure) March 18, 2011 -- Sawansukha Jewellers, one of the most eminent jewellery houses of Kolkata organized a coffee meet on 9th March, 2011 to commemorate the centenary year of International Women's Day. The meet was held to discuss various social issues that continue to prevail in society and impact the lives of modern women. Eminent personalities like Dolon Roy, well known actress and TV personality, Locket Chatterjee, celebrated Tollywood actress, renowned city model Tina and Mrs. Nicky Sawansukha, CEO, Sawansukha Institute of Gemology and Jewellery Design made up the panel.
The discussion started off and revolved around the fact that though women have made great strides in achieving equality, there is still a long way to go before the dream of gender equality can become a reality. Mrs. Nicky Sawansukha commented, "There still prevail certain disparities faced by women today. Women have come a long way and today they are no less than "super women" juggling well their family and professional lives. But still women folks all over suffer from certain limitations unlike their male counterparts."
Tina, the well known city model, began the discussion recalling her own traumatic experience of eve teasing a couple of years back. Eve teasing, which is one degrading experience that many women face in their lives, was the focus of the discussion. Actress, Locket Chatterjee explained that all though there were laws against eve teasing very few women actually register complaints against such harassment out of fear of public exposure and humiliation. She added, "Every woman should be made aware of the laws against eve teasing and there should be regular campaigns to create this awareness."
Dolon Roy brought focus on the issue of female infanticide when she commented, "We may have come across villagers who still consider a girl child a menace, but rarely do we ever try and bring about a change in their mindset. Sadly though, educated, urban and fairly wealthy people too often nurse a desire for a male child, and although they may not kill their daughter after she is born, they do try and find out the sex of their child, and abort female fetuses."
Other socially relevant issues discussed in the meet included dowry and child marriage.