The comprehensive development of Malabar is impossible without acknowledging the power of women and enabling them to lead a dignified life. Participants of ‘Malabar Rising’, a panel discussion on the development problems of Malabar, organised as part of the first anniversary celebrations of The Hindu Kozhikode edition, stressed that the region could achieve progress only through the active participation of women.
Chairperson of the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation P. Kulsu, one of the panellists, pointed out that human resources being a key element in development, women who constitute half the total human resource of Malabar were underutilised. Even educated women were confined to houses.
‘Tap culinary skills’
Ms. Kulsu said that most women in Malabar were excellent cooks and stressed the need to tap their skills properly. “They could make an industry out of what they are best at and be financially independent. We need to market the special food items of Malabar,” she said and added that KSWDC is trying to realise the idea.
She also spoke about the job portal which the Corporation was planning to open, to help women seek employment in noted companies. The Corporation was also conducting skill development programmes to make women more employable. It was planning to start a finishing school in Kozhikode, she added.
Activist V.P. Zuhra focussed on the lack of basic facilities such as public toilets for women in the city. She was critical about the condition of the labour ward in the Kozhikode medical college, which reports the higher number of deliveries a day in Asia.