TAMIL NADU

National Coastal Women’s Movement formed

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The National Coastal Women’s Movement (NCWM), a network of women from the coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, was formed here on Monday, at a meeting held to observe Rural Women’s Day.

The forum will function as a pressure group at the grassroots level in establishing the rights and educating communities about these rights. It will also supervise and participate in the implementation of development projects in villages.

Virgil D’Samy and Vasantha, who were part of the organising committee, said the objective was to consolidate the strengths of the coastal women and sensitise both the government and the public on issues relating to them.

The idea to form such a network was sparked by Act Now on VAW (Violence Against Women), a movement born after the tsunami, in response to the disaster and the unique position of women post-tsunami.

Speaking on the occasion, Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister R.Tamizharasi stressed on the importance of education for the development of women. She also listed the various development schemes being implemented by the Government for women’s welfare.

Responding to a demand made by Maglene, a fisherwoman leader from Kerala, the Minister said she would put forth the proposal to recognise fishing women as “workers” before the Chief Minister. Earlier, she released posters on women’s liberation.

Salma, chairperson, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, urged the women to continue to fight for their rights until they secured them.

Pratheep V. Philip, IG, Social Justice and Human Rights, spoke of the importance of positive thinking and the strength of emotional intelligence.

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