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Call to enlighten students on women's issues

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Two-day training programme for women gets under way in the city

Towards gender justice: Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), listens to Andhra University Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana at a workshop on ‘Dynamics of women empowerment' conducted in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. — Photo: K.R. Deepak
Towards gender justice: Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), listens to Andhra University Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana at a workshop on ‘Dynamics of women empowerment' conducted in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. — Photo: K.R. Deepak

National Federation of Indian Women general secretary from New Delhi Annie Raja on Thursday gave a call for women study centres in the country to enlighten students on women's movements to enable the present generation face any problem in life and society with confidence.

Delivering the keynote address at a two-day training workshop on ‘Dynamics of Women Empowerment' organised by Dr. Durgabai Deshkukh Centre for Women's Studies in the city and Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samakhya at the seminar hall of Platinum Jubilee Guest House, Andhra University here, she noted that in this era of globalisation, women were not getting opportunities due to their illiteracy and therefore were settled in the unorganised sector which exposed them to exploitation by men and society and ill-treatment.

Role of women

Delivering the inaugural address, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Beela Satyanarayana stressed the importance and role of women at home and in society.

He opined that women were efficient decision-makers and home-makers.

Though women were capable, they were still engaged in unskilled labour due to illiteracy, he pointed out and underscored the need for women's education. Andhra Bank Chief Manager K. Ratna Kumari said women, despite being efficient, were unable to reach their goal due to family responsibilities.

‘Endless journey'

DDDCWS Director K.R. Rajani, who presided over the programme, said women's empowerment was an endless journey into welfare, access, sensitization, participation and control.

AP Mahila Samakhya general secretary K. Aruna, president K. Vanaja, P. Usha and others spoke. Assistant Professor K. Mary Sujatha proposed a vote of thanks.


  • Women losing opportunities due to their illiteracy, says Annie Raja
  • Vice-Chancellor stresses the importance of education


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