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Gandhi’s role in women’s emancipation highlighted at conference

‘Inspired women to join freedom struggle’

Mahatma Gandhi played a crucial role in the emancipation of women in India by inspiring and encouraging them to get involved in the political movement during the freedom struggle, said Nandini Azad, president, Indian Cooperative Network for Women, and chairperson, International Cooperative Alliance - Asia Pacific Women’s Committee, here on Tuesday.

Delivering the inaugural address on ‘Gandhi and the empowerment of women’ at a national conference organised at Stella Maris College to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, she said that women shed their deep-rooted sense of inferiority and participated en masse in the movement for the country’s liberation from colonial rule.

Entry into politics

Arguing that women’s entry into national politics brought miraculous results, she said that they not only became aware of their inner strength but also brought human and moral elements into politics.

“Though Gandhi never challenged the traditional set-up, he inspired women to carve out their own destinies within it, thereby changing its very essence,” she added.

She highlighted that the Working Women’s Forum (India), which she heads, was working at grassroots level for the empowerment of women, in line with Gandhian principles.

Susan Matheikal, secretary, Stella Maris College, and Colleen North from Department of Value Education also spoke.

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