New York/New Delhi:
India recognises the centrality of gender equality and ladies’s empowerment in all elements of our developmental agenda, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani mentioned on the United Nations.
Speaking on the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, she mentioned: “Women numerically constitute half of humanity but their influence transfuses all dimensions of society, polity, and economy. In India, we recognize the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all aspects of our developmental journey.”
The Union Minister mentioned that India is now centered on inclusive progress and deep reforms that collectively are bringing about transformational modifications.
“Heralding these changes under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have moved from a paradigm of women’s development to women-led development,” she added.
On the problem of reservation for ladies, she mentioned: “Reservation of seats for women in local governance in the situation has ensured that more than 1.3 million elected women representatives provide leadership in the formulation and implementing gender-sensitive public policies at the community level.”
“More than 200 million women have been brought into the formal banking system through the Government’s Financial Inclusion Initiative. Innovative use of digital technologies has provided equal opportunity for women to access insurance, loans, and social assistance,” Ms Irani mentioned.
On the problem of gender parity, she added: “India today is attaching the highest priority to ensuring gender parity in all spheres of life and elimination on of all forms of gender-based discrimination. Several of our legislations such as those pertaining to sexual harassment of women at the workplace, protection of women from domestic violence, protection of children from sexual offences, and our criminal laws’ amendments, have been strong enablers of women empowerment and protection of children especially girls, over the past six years.”
The authorities has taken a collection of measures to make sure security, safety and effectively being of ladies through the coronavirus pandemic, together with “One Stop Centres” which give medical, psychological, authorized, police and shelter amenities below a standard roof, the minister mentioned.
Ms Irani concluded her speech by reiterating India’s dedication to full and efficient implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
“What we achieved 25 years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women still remains the guiding light and source of inspiration for our actions nationally and in the international arena. India remains ready to work with all international partners to build a more just and equal post-COVlD world for us and our daughters,” she mentioned.
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