Seven women felicitated for their achievements
M.G. Uma, Principal District and Sessions judge, on Thursday exhorted women's groups to study the problems faced by women, especially the working class, and try to find suitable solutions.
Speaking after inaugurating the International Women's Day function organised by the District Legal Services Authority, the Department of Women and Child Development, Mahila Samakhya and other organisations here, Ms. Uma urged women's groups to prevent what she termed misuse of certain Acts meant for the protection of women.
“It is true that women are subjected to a lot of atrocities, and laws have been framed for their protection. But there are instances of such Acts being misused, which has become a matter of concern. The most important thing that women's groups can do is to find solutions to the problems of a homemaker, daily-wage earner or a working woman, besides preventing the misuse of the Acts,” she said.
She urged women's organisations to introspect whether the women's movement was heading in the right direction because the problems of women remained unresolved. “Even today, the hours of work for women have not been fixed and they are underpaid. Only the voting right has been granted, which is not being used properly. Therefore, women's organisations should think of putting the movement on the right track,” she said.
A.G. Shivakumar, president of the Bellary Bar Association; Ramadevi, advocate; and Yashoda R. Kolli, resourceperson, spoke.
Seven women — Veena, Sashikala Neglurmutt, Z.M. Zarina, Shanta, Channabasamma, Palakshi and Rathnamma — were felicitated for their achievements in different fields.
In another function organised by the Raichur, Bellary, and Koppal Milk Producers' Union to mark International Women's Day, J. Shantha, MP, called upon people to provide good education to their daughters, which, in turn, would not only instil confidence among them but also prompt them to educate their children.
“We cannot expect social change through law alone. It is possible only with a change in the thinking of the people,” she said.
G. Somashekara Reddy, MLA and chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation, who inaugurated the Nandini self-help group (SHG), said that his organisation would donate Rs. 2 lakh for the construction of buildings for women SHGs and extend further assistance to them to purchase 15,000 cows, which would help them generate income. He appealed to women to take advantage of the help being offered to SHGs.
He urged banks to extend financial assistance to SHGs and enable them to achieve self-reliance.
Mr. Reddy distributed funds to 30 SHGs and honoured presidents of six SHGs for achieving a high level of milk production.