Staff Reporter

The conference to discuss various issues related to welfare of women

The meeting to be held from June 23 to 25

Durgabhai Deshmukh centenary on June 24

Kakinada: The All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) is holding its half-yearly standing committee meeting here from June 23 to 25 and Dr. Durgabhai Deshmukh centenary celebrations on June 24 in association with the Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB). The AIWC will adopt Komaragiri village in I. Polavaram mandal as part of its development and welfare activities the same day (June 24). Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy will participate as the chief guest and Kakinada MP M.M Pallam Raju guest of honour, AIWC president Gomathi Nair told media persons here on Monday.

The AIWC will discuss entire gamut of issues pertaining to welfare of women. The AIWC was working out ways to deal with dowry harassment cases. Hundreds of women die every day due to pestering by their husbands and in-laws for dowry, which could not be checked by a slew of protective legislations for reasons aplenty.

Quota for women

As regards 33 per cent reservation for women in the legislative bodies, Ms. Nair said the leadership of AIWC had in its formative years felt that there was no need for providing reservations for women in Parliament and State Legislatures as they believed that women would progress on par with men but that did not happen. Consequently, AIWC changed its opinion in the due course and it is now supporting the proposed women’s reservation bill. However, simultaneous efforts were made to improve the female literacy rate and their health standards that were key to fight the injustices perpetrated on them.

AIWC patron Shobhana Ranade said she was happy that the organisation achieved consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and recognition at various international forums for the pioneering work it had done and was currently doing for the welfare of women and also children who faced equally serious threat to their lives and livelihood due to male domination. The AIWC was responsible for the passing of Anti-Dowry Act and various other laws and it was doing its best to ensure their implementation in letter and spirit.

AIWC secretary general Shivani Mehta, treasurer Asha Deshpande, coordinator Yechuri Kalpakam, district branch president N. Suseela Devi, ex-MLC Y. Savitri Devi, gynaecologist Aluri Vijaya Lakshmi and others were present.