Pune institute take initiative to make ‘Rakhi’ festival gender equal

The National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, along with a USA-based NGO, has organized a free workshop for brothers and sisters on August 7. The workshop aims to make brothers not the protectors of their sisters, but their allies. The workshop would be open for all and is free of cost. The message of gender equality would be conveyed through different activities planned on the day of Raksha Bandhan at NIN campus

Pune institute take initiative to make ‘Rakhi’ festival gender equal

In order to change the traditional notion of the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ the National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune will be going beyond its routine and has organized a free workshop for brothers and sisters on August 7. The workshop aims to make brothers not the protectors of their sisters but their allies. While, on the other hand, the sisters can achieve their motto of gender equality.

The NIN has pitched in to make this ‘Rakhi’ festival as gender equal. So, the institute has tied up with an United States of America (USA)-based NGO to conduct a free workshop on the day of Raksha Bandhan for brothers and sisters.

The workshop would be open for all and is free of cost. The message of gender equality would be conveyed through different activities planned on August 7 at NIN campus.

Dr Satya Lakshmi, director of NIN, said, “Many a times we have received cases of violence against women and also have treated them. But this time, we felt that there is a need to change the attitude of people by making them gender equal and so, we have planned this initiative.”

Dr Jayshree Chander, practicing physician from California, said, “We want both brothers and sisters on the same side and do not want to promote this traditional notion of man being protector of woman. Through discussions and indoor activities, we are going to make men feel equal with women.”

She further added, “When a woman lives with the fear of violence against her, it is essential that man should not be her protector, but should become her ally in protecting violence against women.”

Chender is founder president of USA-based NGO called ‘Beyond Holistic’ which empowers people to prioritise their well-being and cultivate resistance to illness.