Workshop lays stress on gender justice
CHENNAI: Women panchayat presidents in the State, who have been denied free exercise of their powers, were made aware of their rights at a two-day workshop on ‘Gender Justice for Women Panchayat Presidents’ which began here on Thursday.
Jesurethinam, Director, Legal Aid to Women Trust (LAW Trust), said when it comes to protecting the village land or a natural resource the panchayat presidents were unable to take any action against violators. K. Krishnaveni, Co-ordinator, Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF), said even after quietly withdrawing the powers of panchayat president through government orders or circulars, the information about it was not informed or communicated to them. So in many issues these women were unable to take a proper decision, she pointed out. V. Geetha, Social Activist and Writer, said the women presidents were under pressure from the community. They should realise their financial powers and should not become puppet in the hands of ruling parties in the State.
The workshop is being jointly organised by HRF, LAW Trust and Society for Integrated Rural Development.