`Constant vigil should be ensured on other such problematic issues'
WCW director stressed need for women to become assertive and assume leadership rolesSteps to be taken to begin debates on issues concerning women and child welfare
VIJAYAWADA: Speakers at a workshop organised by the Women and Child Welfare (WCW) Department at Gannavaram on Monday stressed the need for enhancing awareness on health, nutrition and the need to fight against social evils like child marriages. WCW director Y.V. Anuradha said more `anganwadi' workers and `ayas' would be appointed in all districts soon to take the welfare programmes effectively to the beneficiaries.
Speaking after inaugurating the three-day workshop, Ms. Anuradha said in addition to awareness campaigns, steps would be taken to begin debates among the people on issues concerning women and child welfare.
She stressed the need for women to become assertive in daily life and assume leadership roles.
Ms. Anuradha said there was a need for the participants in awareness campaigns to prepare a social agenda while taking up such campaigns. Proper focus should be given to problematic issues such as domestic violence, child marriages, trampling of women's rights and health problems among women and children. A constant vigil should be ensured on issues concerning the health aspects of children. Ms. Anuradha said under the Kishore Balika programme, funds had been allotted to meet the needs of a large number of applicants.
She said midday meal was being served by noon in schools and special nutritious food prepared by anganwadi workers was being served at 3 p.m. to improve the health of children.