Vaidehi, writer and Kendra Sahitya Academy Award winner, has said that women in coastal districts are stronger now compared to earlier times.

She was speaking at the release of a book, “Karavali Janapada Sahityadalli Streewadi Nelegalu”, written by Gayatri Navada at a function organised by the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre and Department of Kannada at Tenkanidiyur Government First Grade College here.

Ms. Vaidehi said women in the coastal region had stood up to men.

Feminism in the coastal belt had always been constructive and not destructive. Women had time and again showed their inner resilience.

She said Ms. Navada's book focused on the thought and lives of women in the coastal region.

She showed feminism in this region by focusing on the stories, songs, and “padadanas” (folk ballads). She compared feminism in the coastal region with that of western countries.

But the thought of people, especially men, about women had not changed.

They still treated women as second class citizens. This had to be changed, Ms. Vaidehi said. The head of the Postgraduate Department of Kannada at the college, Gananath Yekkar, welcomed the gathering. Ms. Navada delivered the introductory remarks. Director of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre H. Krishna Bhat proposed a vote of thanks.

‘Feminism in the coastal belt had always been constructive'