Srinagar, Aug 19: The first Charter Ceremony of Soroptimist International (SI) Jammu and Kashmir club was organised in Srinagar today.
The event attracted a number of women from across diverse fields and backgrounds. The event shone a spotlight on the organisation's commitment to education, empowerment and enabling the women through advocacy, awareness and action.
The ceremony was attended by the women from international, national and regional platforms- a milestone in the journey towards gender equality and social change.
Soroptimist International, a global women's organization with a legacy spanning over a century, champions the cause of women's rights and socio-economic empowerment on an international scale. The Charter Ceremony of Soroptimist International Srinagar (Kashmir) was a testament to the interconnectedness of a global sisterhood united by a common purpose. The Charter Ceremony was called to order by Gulafroz Jan and Dr Rizwana. The lighting of the lamp was conducted by the President Parveen Pandit, and Members of the club- a tradition and solemnity to the proceedings. Mir Insha Farooq, the Secretary of the club, extended a warm welcome to all the SI sisters, Cathy Cottridge, President SIGBI (Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland) and the Chief Guest, Prof. Neelofer Khan, HVC, University of Kashmir, Guest of Honour, Prof. Pam Rajput, Prof. Emaratus, Panjab University, Patiala, Guests, Prof. Seema Naz, Principal of the host institution and the Media- setting the tone for an event cantered around shared goals and aspirations.
Zainab Riyaz, the Club Communication officer, spoke about the Vision and Mission of the organisation encapsulating the essence of Soroptimist International's commitment to fostering positive change in communities. Gurmeet Kaur, Club Representative, introduced Cathy Cottridge, President of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI). Recapping the journey that led to this moment, Anitha Rajarajan (Organisational Development Officer)) reminded the audience of the collective effort and dedication that brought Soroptimist International to fruition.
Anu Wakhlu provided insights into the vital role the organisations in addressing contemporary challenges and shaping the future. The SI Srinagar Kashmir President, Prof. Parveen Pandit was introduced by Anitha Rajarajan about her work in the field of women issues apart from her contribution towards Higher Education.
Prof Nilofar Khan, chief guest of the occasion, emphasised the importance the women empowering and visibility in all the fields through capacity building and awareness of women and the role of organizations like Soroptimist International in fostering meaningful societal transformation.