They should focus on safeguarding their health

Women, particularly those in the rural areas, should be constantly on guard against attacks and exploitation, said the Executive Director, Tea Board, R. Ambalavanan. He was presiding over a programme organized by a non-governmental organization Yuvaparivartan to mark the observance of International Women's Day at Coonoor on Thursday.

He added that though women had benefited significantly from education over the last about 10 years, they were still vulnerable in many ways.

Urging women to always remain vigilant, he said that they should focus on safeguarding their health. Though the government was implementing a number of schemes for the benefit of women, there was still a long way to go, especially on the health front.

Stating that since yore women had been held in high esteem in Tamil Nadu and social reformers like Poet Bharathi and Periyar had espoused their cause in a number of ways, he said that the tradition should continue.

The Managing Trustee, Yuvaparivartan, Indira Koithara, said that the primary objective of the organization was to work with marginalized communities to achieve tangible progress in  various  fields including primary health, safe sanitation, tribal welfare and adult literacy.

Various competitions for members of self-help groups formed part of the celebrations.