Women Grievance Cell and Integral Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Integral University, Lucknow organised an Awareness Programme on female security, health and hygiene during Navratri on 24th October, 2020 under the aegis of Directorate of Medical Education and Training and The Department of Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh. Female security has become a challenging job these days as we can see daily increments in crimes against women. Female health and hygiene is another burning issue as it affects not only the women but the whole family, which suffers if the woman gets ill. In this perspective, the programme was very timely conducted to deal with these burning issues. It becomes all the more important during fasting days of Navratri. The program also caters to ongoing government efforts on MISSION SHAKTI, being observed for impating self defence skills to women.
The online programme began with the Welcome address given by Prof. Monowar Alam Khalid, Dean, Students’ Welfare, Integral University. Dr. Poonam Mishra, Gynaecologist & Obstetrician and Director, Manas Hospital was the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Rajendra Gupta, 3rd degree Black Belt and Chief Coach, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, was the Invited Guest. Guests of Honour of the programme were Dr. Huma Mustafa, Joint Director, UPCST, Ms.Kriti Gupta, Food Safety Officer, Dr. Arshi Farooqui, Food Safety Officer and Ms. Kritika Jaiswal, IRPS. Dr. Iffat Zareen Ahmad, Professor and Chairperson, Women Grievance Cell introduced and invited Dr. Poonam Mishra, who spoke on the general health and well-being of females and the ill effects of stress in females life. She also laid emphasis on the significance of personal hygiene in women. Mr. Rajendra Gupta demonstrated some defence exercises (online), which can help in female safety and security and gave a number of tips for self defence. A number of female students raised questions and clarifications regarding self-defence. Overall programme was attended by a large number of women participants, both faculty and students. The Programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Er. Shara Khursheed, Assistant Professor and Member, Women Grievance Cell.