Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: Women’s Front, an association striving for equal opportunities for women, would hold its first State conference in Tiruchi on February 23.

The conference would focus on five main demands of the front – ownership of land for landless women dependent on agriculture; provision of basic amenities for women in rural areas and slums including toilets and housing; equal and quality education for all and employment to a woman in each family; equal opportunity for women in all fields and decision-making bodies and access to health care and quality medical facility for poor women.

The conference would seek to chalk out an action plan to empower women and make them vibrant participants in the process of decision-making and governance, State convening secretary of the Front Christie Swamy told reporters here on Thursday.

Ms. Swamy said the Front had about three lakh registered members and the conference would attract over five lakh women from various parts of the State. The front was an apolitical organisation to promote welfare of women. Women from various walks of life including social activists, writers, philosophers and those from rural and urban areas were its members.

Economic empowerment

The front has established branches in all districts and has established a network at the panchayat union level.

The front was focusing on empowering the economically, educationally and politically marginalised women.

The State conference would seek to sensitise women on their basic needs, their power and strive to channelise their strength towards achieving the Front’s goals.

Land reforms

P. Sivakami, Special Commissioner, Department of Employment, who is a special invitee to the conference, spoke about the need for implementing land reforms so as to empower women by giving the ownership.

“We want to open up a dialogue on the issue,” she said.