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Women power: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy at a seminar on ‘Career in science for women: challenges and opportunities’ in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
Women power: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy at a seminar on ‘Career in science for women: challenges and opportunities’ in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Health and Social Welfare P.K. Sreemathy has stressed the need to make allowances for women to help them join the mainstream.

She was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on ‘Career in science for women: challenges and opportunities’ organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and the Department of Science and Technology under the Government of India in connection with the International Women’s Day celebrations.

“Like in all other sectors, women have proved they can excel in science also. Yet they fail to get their due because of various inhibiting factors. Having to shoulder the bulk of the responsibilities of the family imposes an additional burden on them. Only by adopting a liberal attitude, can society equip women to join the mainstream.” she said.

Executive vice-president, KSCSTE, E.P. Yesodharan, who chaired the inaugural session, said the State Department of Science and Technology was working on a proposal to constitute a women’s cell. He said it was likely to start functioning next year. “Though the science and technology sector offers good scope for women, there are problems inhibiting their advancement. The cell is intended to address these problems,” he said.

In her introductory address, member, State Planning Board, Mridul Eapen spoke on making women scientists visible in the Kerala economy.

The two-day event will witness six presentations on empowerment of women.

Chairperson of the Kerala State Women’s Commission D. Sreedevi is scheduled to inaugurate the valedictory session on Wednesday.

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