Two-day workshop for SHGs gets under way
The city would develop on all fronts only with active participation of women, and GVMC was preparing an action plan for empowerment of women, Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu said while inaugurating a two-day workshop on capacity- building for SHGs at Andhra University here on Thursday.
Women groups would be entrusted with maintenance of sanitation, drinking water supply and street lights, he said at the workshop being organised by the AU Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women's Studies and Chaitanya Sravanthi, an NGO.
He regretted that GVMC's efforts to ensure running of wine shops and bars during the specified hours were not being supported and urged the women to take up the issue. The Municipal Commissioner spoke on several issues such as increasing greenery, need to remove roadside kiosks obstructing traffics, and pollution control.
“Women nowadays are wasting time by watching television and purchasing unnecessary products. This money can be spent on their children's education. Women can become strong only if they think in proper perspective,” he said and urged them not to neglect girl children and prevent infanticide.
Women must strive to be economically self-reliant but at the same time should not neglect home, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu said. Rector of AU
P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy said women could achieve a lot with united effort and urged them to inculcate leadership qualities. Chaitanya Sravanthi president Shirin Rehman said the workshop was meant to strengthen SHGs. Director of the Centre for Women's Studies K.R. Rajani emphasised the importance of women empowerment and traced the origin of women empowerment since Vedic times.