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EMPOWERING THEM: Collector S.S. Jawahar interacting with a member of women SHG at a function in the city on Tuesday. PHOTO: S. JAMES
EMPOWERING THEM: Collector S.S. Jawahar interacting with a member of women SHG at a function in the city on Tuesday. PHOTO: S. JAMES

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Training courses needed for women representatives: MP

MADURAI: Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha should be convened to pass the Women's Reservation Bill, which would provide for 33 per cent reservation in Parliament for women, said P. Mohan, Madurai Member of Parliament on Tuesday.

He was addressing the International Women's Day celebrations organised here.

"If both the Houses could be assembled to pass a draconian law like the Prevention of Terrorism Act, why not adopt the same measure to pass a law that empowers women," he wondered.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader said that special training courses should be started for elected women representatives to help them in administration.

While incidence of female infanticide and sex determination tests had come down in the district, a new threat had emerged in the form of women offering to be surrogate mothers, he said.

Delivering the presidential address, S.S. Jawahar, Collector, said that women self-help groups (SHG) had performed remarkably well. "From a time when banks were hesitant to give loans, at present there exists a rush to give credit to SHGs," he said.

"Law is a tool for social engineering. But, for women to get truly empowered, there has to be change in the mindset of all stakeholders in society," Mr. Jawahar emphasised.

While forward leaning and revolutionary thoughts are required, they should empower society and culture, rather than harming them.

Mr. Jawahar said that entrepreneurs should come up with new "innovative and sustainable" trade practices, for which the requisite training would be provided by the district administration. Plans were also afoot, Mr. Jawahar said, to give special training for all women officers in the district.

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