On Wednesday afternoon, Kutchina Foundation celebrated International Women’s Day in collaboration with the American Centre, Kolkata through an engaging panel discussion on how inclusion empowers women and develops a nation under the topic “Towards a women inclusive city”. The panellists for the discussion included Ms. Ratnaboli Ray, 2016 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, and Trustee at Anjali: Mental Health Organization,Prof Maria Fernandez, Honourable Member of West Bengal Commission for Women, Ms. Subhasree Sengupta, Honourable Member of Public Affairs Dept. US Consulate, Ms. Baitali Ganguly, Founder and Director, Jabala Action Research Organisation, Mr. Bappaditya Mukherjee – IVLP alumnus and member of Kutchina Foundation and two of the Kutchina Krittika Ms. Tumpa Adhikary and Ms. Saswati Arora.
Gender parity is one of the most critical indicators of growth and development. From city planning to crime prevention to justice delivery to health care to peace building, each aspect is incomplete without participation of women in both at policy end and at the implementation end. The discussion tries to match the promises with realities and therefore tries to come up with specific recommendation to the Government and other stake holders in making the city of Kolkata more women inclusive in policy and practice.
10 young practitioners from the audience including the panellists shared one story from their personal lives where they lead and created inclusion for women. This was followed by celebrating the achievements of the five women panellists.
ABOUT KUTCHINA FOUNDATION
Kutchina Foundation is a Kolkata- based Corporate Social Responsibility Organisationengaged in charitable and social welfare activities since 2007. Kutchina Foundation was founded by Mr. Namit Bajoria and it began its journey out of its concern for the need to care for the marginalized. And the philosophy is aptly reflected through their tagline ‘Because We Care’.
The initiative is under the ambit of CSR of Bajoria Group’s flagship company Bajoria Appliances Pvt Ltd. Which is the parent company of one of India’s leading kitchen appliances brand- Kutchina. Kutchina Foundation aspires to extend all round care and support to the disadvantaged girl child and women, thereby creating a pool of empowered and talented women activists and workers who would be the force multipliers in our society. For Kutchina Foundation, CSR is an inner calling carried forward with utmost passion, professionalism and care.