They have power to change socio-economic conditions
Nagapattinam: Women have immense power to change and improve the socio-economic conditions of their families, villages and communities through proper education, said Joe Velu, Director, People's Development Association, a Madurai-based non-governmental organisation. It is carrying out tsunami rehabilitation works in Nagapattinam district.
Presiding over a four-day workshop for women in tsunami-affected areas at the PDA-Angelo Airoldi Institute in Prathabaramapuram near here on Wednesday, organised by the PDA in collaboration with the Central Board for Workers Education of Union Ministry of Labour to educate women on their rights and issues, Mr. Joe Velu said that it was a golden opportunity for them to learn from qualified and experienced educators and scientists from the CBWE.
Jacintha Joseph, Executive Director of PDA, who inaugurated the programme, explained said that nearly 40 women selected from Pandagasalai near Valankanni and members from self-help groups were taking part in the workshop.
Juliet Arputharaj, Chairperson of Velankanni special town panchayat, said that the PDA had been conducting several awareness programmes for the benefit of the tsunami-hit villagers including environmental hygiene and sanitation campaign at Pandagasalai.
S.Alagarsamy, Executive Officer of Velankanni Town Panchayat, said the Government was to implement several welfare programmes through women SHGs in association with the NGOs for effective implementation.
P. Moorthy, Education Officer of Central Board for Workers Education, Tiruchi, spoke on the constitutional provisions to protect women from all kinds of exploitation and abuse.
A. Boominathan, coordinator of PDA, spoke on child rights and that the children up to the age of 18 years were vulnerable and they should be protected from child abuse and discrimination.
Anand Jebaseelan, another coordinator of PDA, explained health-related issues.
V.G. Sabastin, Additional Director of PDA, P. Jayaram, Xavier Prince, programme coordinators and others spoke.