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DRIVE TO EMPOWER WOMEN: Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai interacts with candidates of a car driver training course launched in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: K. Pichumani
DRIVE TO EMPOWER WOMEN: Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai interacts with candidates of a car driver training course launched in Chennai on Wednesday. Photo: K. Pichumani

Staff Reporter

Minister Poongothai stresses the need for learning the art of self-defence

CHENNAI: In a bid to empower economically backward women in the city, a car driver training course was launched on Wednesday jointly by the Inner Wheel Club of Madras East and the Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW).

A batch of six women will undergo training at the Institute of Road Transport as part of the course.

Inaugurating the course, Social Welfare Minister Poongothai said: "Women are making it big at all levels. But they still have several goals to achieve." Pointing out that women were yet to get their rightful place, she said women's empowerment would lead to the nation's progress.

She advised the candidates to learn the art of self-defence as their profession would also require them to travel at night.

One of the candidates, P. Vimala, said that besides empowering them financially, the course would boost their self-confidence.

ANEW president Anu Chandran said it was the first joint venture with the club. On its own, the association has trained 28 women in car driving, and they have been placed in private firms and voluntary organisations. The course would include sessions on spoken English. The association has also trained women in home nursing and two-wheeler mechanic trade.

President of the club Prabha Bhandari said Commissioner of Police Letika Saran had assured to support the martial arts programme for candidates. Hindustan Motors has donated an Ambassador car and sponsored a driver for the course, she added.

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