TAMIL NADU

A progressive approach to win women their due rights



M. Balaganessin

A series of sessions on various issues confronting women "Awareness should be created among the masses by responsible forums, leading writers and social workers"

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi district wing of the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers' Association exhibited its responsibility in its fight for women's rights by organising a series of sessions on various issues confronting women.

Screening a video cassette to throw light on serious topics on women, release of a book on women's welfare and analysis of causes of their socio-economic dependence formed part of the observance of the day.

In her lecture on `Women's status and feminist course', the CPI(M) MLA, Bala Bharathi, dwelt at length the various struggles launched by reformers and leaders, including the late EVR, for liberating women from the clutches of illiteracy and humiliation at the hands of males.

Ms. Barathi said the negative trend in films projecting women as an epitome of obscenity should be checked. Awareness should be created among the masses by responsible forums, leading writers and social workers.

Ms. Radha attributed women's social and economic backwardness to the lack of opportunities and avenues. Women should get equal representation in electoral colleges. Women should identify their talents and take efforts to achieve success in their chosen field.

Forums like the writers associations should address issues concerning the employed women who suffered humiliation at work spots.

In his review remarks on the book, `Sila poigalum sila unmaigalum', authored by Ms. Bharathi, the district president of the association, Nandalala, explained the power of poetry in developing and nurturing humanness. Poets realise the intricacies of several issues of people of various walks of life above region, religion or gender bias, as they possess a rare sense of care for others. The State committee member of the Association, Radha, its district secretary, Ilankumaran were among those who spoke.