Dr. Mary Anbarasi Johnson

CMC Vellore, India

Title: Rights of girls/women and their empowerment for a better world


Rights are rules of interaction between people. It is defined as claims of an individual that are essential for the development of his or her own self and that are recognized by society or State. These are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement and are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed to people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory.

Special groups are those who need special attention such as children, women, HIV, handicapped, aged and mentally ill. To protect these groups, these rights have been formulated by the constitution. According to Constitution of India, is the supreme law of India given by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and B.N. Rau which came effective from January 26, 1950. It is the longest written constitution in the world. It has 105 amendments till date (2022). The last amendment was on August 10, 2021. Girls and women need to assert their rights in a genuine way so that their contribution and value in the society will be well felt as well bring awareness to the community that they are the crucial group for the development of individuals, families, communities and nations. Participatory governance at all levels will be more edifying and satisfying. Women need to be self-aware of their importance and contribution to the society so that they can assert it in a delicate and genuine manner. Many studies done across the globe evidence girl child’s oppression and abuse which will be detrimental for her future development and contribution, some turn out to be delinquents due to the abuse and insults in their course of development. The speaker would high light the need for prevention of abuse among girls and the need for their rights to be asserted from a very young age.           


As a professor and the Head of the Department of Pediatric Nursing at CMC Vellore, I have had an exciting and fulfilling career in the field of nursing. I have worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in PICU for a year and as an Assistant Professor in the United States for two years. Additionally, I have also worked in nursing administration in a Saudi Armed Forces Hospital (Southern Region). Throughout my career, I have been a Master Trainer for several international projects such as GFATM, IMNCI, and National Projects such as ICMR Infection Control, Child Sexual Abuse Protection, OSCE by Dr. MGR Medical University, and Diabetic Educators Program. My passion for research has led me to publish in 70 national and international journals and present my research findings at numerous conferences. I have also contributed to five book chapters and authored a book. In my leadership roles at CMC Vellore, I have served as an additional Deputy Nursing Superintendent for staff training and quality assurance as well as  HICC secretary in the institution. I have also been a member of the CMC Institutional Research Board for a term of four years. I am honored to have been recognized for my contributions to the nursing field, being a reviewer, editorial member, or advisory member in more than 70 international journals. I am also proud to have received the President's Gold Medal for standing first in the university for BSc. Nursing program. Recently I have completed my Ph.D. in Nursing on adolescent obesity. I have completed Master’s degree in Public Administration and currently pursuing PhD in management and MBA in Human Resource Management. I credit my success to my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the reason for my living. I am grateful to my teachers, friends, and the College of Nursing, my alma mater, for their encouragement and support.