Member of Shimoga City Municipal Council N.J. Rajashekhar has underscored the need to develop scientific thinking among women.
Mr. Rajashekhar was inaugurating a workshop on “women and science” for anganawadi workers and members of self-help groups in the city on Wednesday. He regretted that superstition played a big role in healthcare. The high rate of infant and maternal mortality was attributed to non-availability of timely healthcare. It was necessary to enlighten women on the importance of health and sanitation.
The knowledge of basic aspects of science was necessary to lead a healthy and prosperous life, he said. He appreciated the role played by anganawadi workers in creating awareness in rural areas on health and sanitation. The self-help groups had ushered in positive changes in the condition of women by ensuring easy access to credit facilities, he said. Addressing the gathering, Assistant Director of Women and Child Welfare Reeta Madta said that seven Santwana Kendras were established in the district to address the grievances of women. She explained the functioning of helpline for women, and District Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee. She called upon the women from low-income groups to join the vocational training and skills development programmes launched by the department. The programme was organised by Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat. Vice-President of the parishat Dr. K.R. Sridhar, and convener Shekhar Gowler were present.