Women liberation begins with broad-mindedness

IN STEP: Women participating in a dance programme at the inter-club competitions held at BHEL Ladies Club, in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

Developing a mindset to approach issues with a wholesome understanding fostered by broad thinking, compassion, reasoning, rational thinking, a realisation of responsibilities towards family and society alongside asserting rights, and clarity of purpose is what constitutes women liberation.

Just blind courage in expressing dissent does not help in improving the lot of women. Rising above mundane thoughts of individual possessions is essential. This was the elucidation of the concept of women’s liberation put forth before members of various Ladies Clubs by Collectors of Karur and Pudukkottai, J. Uma Maheswari and A. Suganthi respectively, here on Tuesday.

“Compete with men in developing broad-mindedness and compassion, the traits that necessarily guarantee independence and support,” Ms. Maheswari said while addressing the valediction of the Inter-Club Competition organised by the BHEL Community Centre Ladies Club and Kumudam Snegithi magazine, as part of International Women’s Day Celebrations – 2010.

Independence must be exercised within accepted limits. If injustice against women still persisted in the fast-progressing society, it was because of women’s ill-will against their own ilk, mostly in family situations, Ms. Maheswari said, calling for a better understanding of the issues confronting women through through introspection.

It is time women changed their outlook. Education does help partially in liberating a woman. But the concept of liberation has more to do with facing crises boldly in conformity to interests of the family and children, she said.

Ms. Suganthi sought to drive home the point that a comprehensive approach to improve the lot of women could be arrived at only through knowledge enhancement facilitated by exchange of views.

She spoke on what constitutes achievement of victory in the context of women’s liberation, insisting that women ought to act understanding well the limits of liberty. What matters the most is how women see themselves, and the role they play in harmonising their families and the society, while executing their responsibilities with the same enthusiasm with which they seek to assert rights, she said.

Presiding over, A. V. Krishnan, Executive Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Tiruchi, said bringing to fore the potential and skills of women through a cultural exchange was the purpose of the event.

Women were performing on par with men as welders, fitters, design engineers, and accountants at the BHEL, he said, and was all praise for the set of women vendors who were performing entrepreneurship roles well by meeting delivery schedules in time.

Mr. Krishnan honoured prize winners in the presence of Editor of Kumudam Snegithi Loganayaki, patron of BHEL Community Centre Ladies Club Rajam Krishnan, and club president Suvarchala Ramakrishna.

A total of 32 Ladies Clubs from Tiruchi region took part in the cookery, art, folk dance, short story, and ‘Pattukku Pattu’ competitions.

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