University International Euro India Centre Nysa City

On the 6th of March 2015 at University of Applied Sciencs in Nysa took place the conference "Women of the World". The event was organized by Polish Desk of the EuroIndia Centre in Nysa on the occasion of the International Women's Day. All participants and guest gathered in the assembly hall of the Regional Centre for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Nysa. Conference was conducted in the English language.

The position of woman in various cultures always has been extremely interesting, valid and controversial topic. We had a pleasure and honour to host many eminent guest, who gave speeches concerning situation and role of woman in their cultures:

  • Mr Mandar Shrikrishna Purandare from India, born in Pune, Maharashtra In India, currently lives in Poznań and works at Adam Mickiewiecz University in Poznań as Native Speaker (Lektor) for Hindi language. Mr Purandare was a teacher of German language at some institutes in Pune and Hyderabad. He is a musician and actor of Teatr Nowy in Poznań as well;
  • Mrs Komal Sanam Bojwani from India, a multi faceted personality who has adorned various roles as an educator, entrepreneur and corporate personnel. Having specialised in Business Management from India, Mrs Bojwani spent early years in the corporate world in Warsaw interlaced with short stints in education and then setting up her own alternative education stream in Warsaw under the Nyaya Academy banner. Spouse to a respected Warsaw business man Manoj Bojwani;
  • Ms. Vivian Wangui Ngugi from Kenya, a bachelors degree holder in the field of education and a teacher by profession. Next year she will finish a master degree in commonwealth youth development work. Ms. Ngugi was a volunteer in Kenya and cooperated with the Kenya Girls Guides Association. Currently she is a volunteer of Europejskie Forum Młodzieży (EFM);
  • Ms. Maria Victoria Margarita Reyes Alvarado from Mexico, graduated Psychology from the University of Coahuila, and have been working in educational psychology for around 5 years focus mainly in kindergarten and primary school students with disabilities, learning difficulties, psychological disorders or over-standard skills. Currently Ms. Alvarado is volunteer at EFM;
  • Ms. Cristiana Milhoes from Portugal, graduated in Management from Aveiro's University, she was a part of the initial team of the project "Óbidos, a literary village", opening almost 11 bookshops in a small town. The last Summer she did her first international volunteer program in Cabo Verde (Boa Vista Island) and shortly after she came to Poland. Currently she is a volunteer in EFM;
  • Ms. Nguyen Kim Oanh from Vietnam, she got a Bachelor degree of English Teaching Methodology at English Department of Vietnam National University - Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies and Master degree in Linguistics. Former liaison officer for the World IT Forum 2009 in Vietnam and Educational Coordinator of EDUCAP. Currently she is lecturer at Vietnam National University of Civil Engineering and cooperates as a volunteer at EFM;

Rich artistic programme was a part of the conference as well. All participants and guest could admire beautiful Indian dance performances of Chameli Dance Group from Krakow.

The conference ended with screening of the short documentary, titled "India's Missing Girls", directed by Ashok Prasad. The film shows a sad and cruel praxis of aborting female children in India.

The event met with great interest of Nysa's inhabitants. Apart from our university students and academic teachers, pupils of Nysa's middle and secondary schools with their teachers took part in the conference as well. We are sure that participating in the event and getting an opportunity to meet and listen to many interesting people was a valuable experience for all guests. It was also a chance to see many different aspects of women's situation in various parts of the world.

If You were not able to participate in the conference, please find here an online transmission video.

Aleksandra Nędza

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