Anjum Chopra bats for girl child, women
Former captain of Indian Women's Cricket team Anjum Chopra raised her voice on Saturday, for saving girl child and women empowerment, at Resonance 2012, organized by Toastmasters International.
Former Mrs India International Richa Sharma, and Columnist and Training Expert Rita Bhimani was also present to share their views on the subject.
"This year Toastmasters from all over the world will coverage for the first time in Kolkata for the semi-annual conference of District 41-an event where you can master eloquence and inspire leadership," said District Governor, Toastmasters Vinay Jain.
"This year we are supporting the cause of the girl child and the entire event would be highlighting the plight of women and incredible work done by many NGOs to eradicate those problems and help the GIRL CHILD," he added.
Resonance 2012 was formally inaugurated earlier by the American Consul General, Kolkata Dean Thompson.
Speaking at the panel discussion, Anjum Chopra said, "I came to the sports field not by luck but by choice. There were a lot questions asked and eyebrows raised but I had a very supportive family."
"I entered a world dominated by male, even in cricket commentary, but I guess I belong to the era where I got preference while other women do not get. But it wasn't easy and I strongly believe skill is required 100pc and you can succeed even without luck," she added.
She was of the view that,"Instead of reaching people at large, because being a global leader is not that easy, just be the change yourself. If you want to change, be the change aspect."
Stating illiteracy as the root cause, Richa Sharma said,"If both male and female come together to change the world, we'll surely face success. Togetherness can bring around success."
Moderator Punita Singh revealed an US based statistical report, that says, out of 130 million primary age children, who are not enrolled in school, 60pc comprises of women; by the age of 18 years, a girl receives almost 4.4 years of less education; and pregnancies as well as childbirth related health problems take the lives of nearly 146,000 teenage girls.
To put up some resolutions, Rita Bhimani advised," Don't leave it to luck...if you have talent, do share that with superiority of expression and self actualization."
Added Bhimani,"It is very pity to know that out of 500 million women, only 5.5 million go out to work, with just 2.5 million placed at top corporate jobs. Even then, the women are restrained as they have to bear a child."
Therefore, she suggested for more micro finance opportunities for women empowerment, strong legislation against rape and inclusion of paternity leave for males to help their wives.
"We seek role models and media should create more of such models to reach out to a larger group. Things are happening, we need to join a few more hands to make the other side listen as well," suggested Anjum.
Speaking to IBNS, Anjum also said,"We are a society of mixed people so if 500 women, who can lend voices, reach out to their families and spread the message, I think there can be a huge change to the state of women."
Toastmasters also plans to host educational sessions to train communication and leadership skills with renowned trainers like Sam Cawthorn and World Champions of public speaking Vikas Jhingran.
The conference will culminate in to contests like Humourous Speech and Speech Evaluation, where contestants after 3 rounds of elimination will display their communication skills.