Raise your voice against injustice, demand rights: MLC
G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, has urged women members of panchayati raj institutions not to allow their spouses or other male relatives to interfere while discharging the duties.
“The Government, with the objective of empowering women, has provided 50 per cent reservation to them in panchayati raj institutions. Unfortunately, several women are handing over their designated powers to their spouses or male relatives, which defeats the purpose for which reservation has been provided,” he said.
Speaking after inaugurating a function on Thursday to mark International Women's Day organised by the Women and Child Welfare Department here, Mr. Tippareddy urged women elected representatives to develop strength, self-confidence and the ability to take independent decisions.
Stating that even many advanced countries, including the U.S., had not given adequate prominence to women in politics, he said that India was one of the very few countries where many women had reached top positions in politics.
“No woman has ever become President of the U.S., whereas, in India, we have a woman President. We also had a woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Besides, we have several women Chief Ministers. Even our neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh have had women Presidents or Prime Ministers,” he said. Expressing happiness over more and more women becoming aware of their rights, Mr. Tippareddy urged women to raise their voices against injustice and demand their rights.
He lauded the efforts of several women from the district in setting up small-scale industries through self-help groups, and achieving economic freedom.
Awards for the best Stree Shakti self-help groups were presented during the programme in recognition of their excellent performance and savings. Several anganwadi workers were also felicitated.
M.S. Jayaswamy, Deputy Director, Women and Child Welfare Department, and Nataraja, lecturer, were present.
‘Do not allow your spouses or male relatives to interfere in panchayati raj institutions' ‘India is one of the very few countries where women have reached top positions in politics'
‘Do not allow your spouses or male relatives to interfere in panchayati raj institutions'
‘India is one of the very few countries where women have reached top positions in politics'