‘Qualified counsellors should be appointed in schools'
State general secretary of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) U.Vasuki has called for community intervention to put an end to atrocities against women and children, and establish their rights. At the International Women's Day celebration at Bharath College of Science and Management here, she said it was not enough that laws were enforced because it alone could not help.
“Community intervention at problematic places and on issues related to women and children only can help in improving their status, and ensure equal justice.”
She said qualified counsellors have to be appointed in schools, and complaint boxes should be put up.
She said International Women's Day is not an occasion for celebration but to analyse the challenges before women and empower them to face challenges.
The function was jointly organised by Bharath Women's Association and All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).
Kavignar Ilampirai, headmistress of a school, spoke. Punitha Ganesan, secretary, Bharath Group of Institutions, presided over the function.
A large number of students and women marched at a rally organised as part of the International Women's Day celebration in Perambalur on Thursday.
The rally was intended to sensitise people against child marriage and female infanticide and to highlight the importance of equal opportunities for women, women education and prevention of domestic violence against women.
Over 1,300 students and women marched in the rally taken out from the Revenue Divisional Office to the new bus stand.
Collector Darez Ahmed flagged off the rally.
Speaking at a function held at the Collectorate later, Mr.Ahmed emphasised the need for sex ratio in the district as the birth rate of female babies was much lower than male ones.
During January, 380 male and 299 female babies were born in the district. He appealed to women to come forward and inform the district administration instances of female infanticide and child marriages.
Seminars and cultural programmes were organised as part of the celebrations in the district.
A sum of Rs.1.04 crore was released to women members of self-help groups in the district as part of celebrations of International Women's Day on Thursday. While three panchayat level federations (PLF) got a massive loan of Rs.76.80 lakh, another 28 PLFs received an incentive of Rs.1 lakh.
K. Nagarajan, District Revenue Officer, Amarnath Babu, Lead District Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, V. Tiruvarangam, Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, and M. Pazhanivelu, Regional Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, were present.
Earlier, the Collector flagged off an awareness procession on women's rights in front of the public office campus, in which a large number of women participated.
An exhibition on the products made by the women members of SHGs was organised by the District Supply and Marketing Society.
Cultural programmes were conducted. Prizes were distributed to winners in various competitions held on the occasion.