WCD Ministry committed towards socio-economic empowerment of women

March 8, 2011

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Krishna Tirath on the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’ today said her ministry is committed towards the socio-economic empowerment of women.

Addressing the gathering, Tirath said: “My Ministry is committed to helping women meet and overcome these challenges. We need to take this concern forward and as a stepping-stone we have decided to focus attention on Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women. The empowering experiences of women beneficiaries from Self Help Groups has given us hope that policies are helping women to be economically independent overcoming the challenges faced by women in our country.”

“Women need to be empowered economically and socially, for them to make informed choices, to bring about change in the mind set of society and to enable them to bring up their children including girl child in a healthy and happy atmosphere,” she added.

She also highlighted a number of initiatives taken by the government for the socio-economic empowerment of women.

Asserting that the efforts out in by the government are bearing fruit and women are marching ahead confidently, Krishna Tirath said: “These will go a long way in enabling women to take control of their own lives and to be in a position to take decisions about the birth of their children, retaining their girl children, improving the nutritional and educational status of their girl children and ensuring that girl children do not get married before the legal age. But, there is no room for complacence.”

” There are aspects which need further attention, proactive measures and affirmative action towards raising awareness, enhancement of productive assets such as land in women’s hands, expansion of economic and social security, education and health care, and increased women’s participation in democratic decision-making at all levels can build a more equitable growth path,” she added.

Tirath also congratulated the UN for launching UN Women by bringing together four different UN entities, which were working for the cause of women.

India is a part of the Executive Board of UN Women. The political commitment to women’s issues in the country will increase further with India’s seat in the Executive Board of this international body (ANI)

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