‘Women need to be empowered’

‘Women need to be empowered’

By NAVTAN KUMAR | NEW DELHI | 15 October, 2017

Speakers and experts said at a function titled “Betiyaan” that women are “special” and therefore not equal to men as nature has given them more sensitivity. Speaking at a function organised to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child in the capital this week, the speakers also stressed on the need to give equal opportunities to women so that they can excel in fields of their choice. The function was organised by India Eye International Human Rights Observer (IHRO). Setting the tone for the August gathering, Sadhvi Ritambhara said India is about sensitivity. “In India, we call the moon ‘chanda mama’ or Earth as ‘dharti maa’. But this is unfortunate that women are not treated equally. I think that women should come out of the inferiority complex and assert for their rights so that they can move along with their men counterparts,” she said, emphasising on the need to empower women and give them equal rights. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said that despite the talk about equality of men and women, “I think that boys and girls are not equal. Girls are special because nature has given them more sensitivity. They give love, affection and sacrifice for their families and society,” she said. On this occasion, women achievers were felicitated for their exemplary contribution to society in their respective fields. They included Sadhvi Ritambhara, officer D. Roopa (IPS officer), Sangeeta Gupta (Chief Commissioner, Income Tax), S.I. Padmavati (first woman Cardiologist of India), Chhaya Ganguli (artist), Mrinal Pande (journalist), Meenakshi Arora (women’s rights activist), Kirti Kulhari (Bollywood actor), Rama Sharma (Principal, Hans Raj College), Babita Malhotra (banker) and Shayara Bano (crusader against triple talaq).

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