ICCC-INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PANEL DISCUSSION
Ontario – Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) organized the fourth annual International Women’s Day panel discussion recently at the Marriott Hotel, to discuss the role of women’s in active politics. The theme of the panel discussion was Women in Politics. The panelists and the audience included highly successful women entrepreneurs, professionals, and public figures. The panelists were: Asha Seth, former senator, Senate of Canada, Harinder Malhi, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario, Nirmala Armstrong, Regional Councilor, City of Markham and Dr Ananya Mukherjee, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, York University. Ginni Sethi, Director, Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals
(WEP) committee, said that condition of women’s can only be transformed when a proper place of women should be provided in the decision making
process of the government. She also moderated the session. Dharma P Jain, President ICCC in his welcome remarks said that the modern day challenge world faces in the 21st century is to give women their rightful place in society because by denying women their rightful place we cannot move forward to achieve a just social system. Our Chamber started to
celebrate the international women’s day from 2012 onwards in recognition of the growing contribution of women to the world of politics, businesses and other professions and in 2013, we launched Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals committee to get women on board for the ICCC activities. Dr Asha Seth during her presentation spoke about the condition of women
around the world. Women’s representation in the political power structure is limited and they are not given their due rights. However, she said, politics is a rewarding career and one can feel proud for working for the society. Harinder Malhi, shared her experiences as a young politician who is working for the welfare of women. She emphasized that she learned the tactics of politics from her home environment as her family is involved in the political process. She love to work for the causes of women especially violence against them in the society. Nirmala Armstrong shared her own life experiences as she came from Trinidad & Tobago and completed her degree in law. As practicing lawyer in Canada she realized that if she wanted to see the major changes in the policies for the improvement of society then one must be a part of the decision making process. Dr Ananya Mukherjee in her
presentation said that the women’s are doing wonderful work and coming forward in all spheres of life. She quoted some examples of social movements in India where women’s determination makes things happen. Hard work and self-confidence are the major drivers of women’s progress. The panel discussion drew tremendous response from the Indo-Canadian community, and was attended by an overwhelming number. Rajni Tekriwal, Corproate Secretary & Vice president ICCC and Tony Chawla, Vice President
ICCC were also present at the event. Shibani Sahney, Chair WEP committee gave a vote of thanks.