Bangalore, Mar 9: The 100th International Women’s Day celebrations here on Tuesday saw a wide range of activities by various organisations. The milestone was also celebrated in cyberspace.
At a programme organised by the Women Employees’ Forum of KPTCL, PCKL and Escoms, Minister for Energy and Civil Supplies Shobha Karandlaje said that though women are now educated, financially independent and capable of making their own decisions, there still were many who continued to be voiceless.
Even after 100 years since the women’s struggle began and so many years after Independence, it is sad that there still is domestic violence, dowry harassment and some stigma against girls’ education. Women continue to face a lot of discrimination.
She said that all women need is equal status in society and equal pay for equal work.
At another event organised by the Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA), Ms. Karandlaje said harassment of women, even at the workplace, is a reality which needs to be tackled and acknowledged. She pointed out that victims of harassment were resorting to suicide.
The Minister, who felicitated three women entrepreneurs for their achievements, pointed out that there were more than a lakh Stree Shakti groups in the State, but the women lacked in exposure, market and finance. She urged successful women entrepreneurs to help them set up businesses.
Quoting Census figures that 51 per cent of the State’s population was of women, she said education and financial stability are what men should offer to women, not sympathy.
We are responsible for what weare, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to makeourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, itcertainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by ourpresent actions; so we have to know how to act.
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