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SHG members draw attention to social evils

A.V. Ragunathan
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Take part in cultural competitions held by the Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation

Flavour of feminismThrough the kolam competition, SHG members depicted the freedom for women, woman literacy, female infanticide and gender equity, at Anna stadium in Cuddalore on Thursday— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Flavour of feminismThrough the kolam competition, SHG members depicted the freedom for women, woman literacy, female infanticide and gender equity, at Anna stadium in Cuddalore on Thursday— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

That the rural women, particularly those in the Self-Help Groups, are fully aware of social evils such as female infanticide, gender discrimination, atrocities and so on , came to the fore through the cultural competitions organised by the Tamil Nadu Women Development Corporation at Anna Stadium here on Thursday.

The members of various federations of the SHGs actively participated in the kolam , oratorical, drama and poetry competitions to showcase their awareness on the problems dogging the society.

For instance, through kolam they depicted the freedom for women, woman literacy, female infanticide, gender equity and personal hygiene.

The members of the Ayipettai Federation drew an India map and put the Tamil Nadu emblem at the right place to lay stress on national integration, communal amity, and, importance of preservation of national bird and animal.

The Kumaratchi Federation highlighted the achievements of the incumbent government and delineated certain schemes such as the Green House scheme, total sanitation, protected drinking water and so on, drawn up for improving the lot of the poor and the downtrodden.

The Puliyur Federation emphasised the need for imparting compulsory education for all children from one year to 18 years, voting rights for all those who have attained 18 years, and to inculcate sensitivity to support the destitutes and orphans. They had also unfalteringly drawn up the Panchayat Raj set-up.

Project Officer of the Corporation S. Paulraj said that the event had been rightly named as ‘cultural competition’ to forge unity among the different sections of the people and to bring to the fore their inherent skills.

Those who participated in the annual competitions had already come out successfully at the Panchayat Union level. Three cash prizes—Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000—would be given away to the winners, first runners-up and the second runners-up in all the four competitions.

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