The first of its kind National Women’s Parliament will be held in Amravati, an initiative by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The event — to be held from February 10 to 12 — is reportedly being hosted as the country’s first #NWP2017, where more than 10,000 higher secondary girls will be encouraged by eminent women personalities who are expected to be present.
This special assembly of women from different spaces will aim to empower more women. The event will go on for three days and all girl students will be under supervision of representatives of 401 women legislators, 91 women members of Parliament and 300 social and corporate women leaders of India and overseas to enlarge their connection.
“We have decided to host the first apolitical National Women’s Parliament in Amravati. The objective is to facilitate and enhance the network between eminent women personalities from diverse walks of life and more than 10,000 girl students who will participate from across the nation,” Butta Renuka, MP from Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, said at a press conference, Indian Express reported.
There will be sessions on ‘Socio-political challenges in women empowerment’ and ‘Women’s status and decision making power’ to give the girls detailed information on the subject.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the function, in which, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, too, will be present.
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“It is to make young girls realise their potential, and to enable them to take leadership roles in all sectors of life and also to sensitise society about issues like malnutrition among women and children, sexual harassment, and sanitation, among others,” Renuka said.
The aim is to encourage more women to be on top as despite working equally hard in different fields, women still sometimes get suppressed among men in terms of equality.
“We are lagging behind. In panchayats in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee had introduced 50 per cent reservation for women, which was followed by many other states. But the irony is that never has the 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament has been debated in the two-and-a-half years since I became an MP,” Mamtaz Sanghamita, West Bengal MP, said.
K Geetha, MP from Araku in Andhra Pradesh, was also seen boosting the event’s purpose by expressing her concerns about women’s empowerment.
“Women play a key role in nation building. This is a one of its kind event. Today, we are here to express our solidarity towards the great cause of women empowerment,” Geetha said.
“I always believe that the knowledge every Indian man or woman has today comes from their mothers and their homes. I am very happy that we will be addressing issues and working towards the development of women. The questions that we discuss here are questions that concern every state in India,” former actress and MP from West Bengal Moonmoon Sen said.
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