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MAKING A POINT: Kanimozhi, MP, addressing the women’s conference of the IUML in Chennai on Saturday. Jayanthi Natarajan, MP, is in the picture.
MAKING A POINT: Kanimozhi, MP, addressing the women’s conference of the IUML in Chennai on Saturday. Jayanthi Natarajan, MP, is in the picture.

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Kanimozhi tells women at IUML meet

CHENNAI: Education is the key to political emancipation of women, Member of Parliament Kanimozhi said on Saturday.

“In the past, mighty people ruled the world. Now we are part of a knowledge-based society. So people with knowledge reign supreme. Women should be well-equipped with knowledge to enjoy their rights,” she said, speaking at a women’s conference of the Indian Union Muslim League here.

Women should make their own decisions. They should rely on their strengths and consistently try to achieve their goals. Women should dream big. The constraints of society should not prevent them from pursuing their goals, she said. Women should be aware of the developments in society, and their rights are not to be discounted, said Ms. Kanimozhi.

Member of Parliament Jayanthi Natarajan said religion should not divide women. Women should fight for their rights overcoming the barrier imposed by society. There were 5.5 crore girls who missed out on education. They were involved in agriculture, child rearing and household chores. The right to education should become a reality for them too.

The literacy rate among women was poor, and the gulf between males and females in literacy was still big in India, she said.

Fighting for the rights of women was not possible without proper education to women. The Constitution provides women with equal rights. However, women were denied their rights. Male members preventing women in Parliament from taking initiatives to pass the women’s reservation bill is undesirable, she said.

If women were not able to exercise their rights even in Parliament how they could do it at other places, especially at home, college or office, she asked. The rights women had in a democratic country extended well beyond voting, she said.

Education of women was important for tackling the problems of disparity, health, unemployment and malnutrition, she said. A.S. Fathima Muzaffar, State organiser of IUML, and A. Arulmozhi, advocate, spoke.

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