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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

'Empowered women can change a nation's face'

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 20, 2014
First Published: 15:59 IST(20/1/2014) | Last Updated: 08:21 IST(21/1/2014)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday called for women's empowerment and said that they do not need protection but need their rights and a rightful place at a meeting of women representatives organised by All India Mahila Congress in Bhopal.

Gandhi wants the Congress party to take its consultation with common people for the party's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in various cities to seek suggestions from stake-holders before finalising its poll-promises for the tough mega-battle.

After holding two consultations in Delhi with minorities, Dalits and tribals, the Congress vice-president was in Bhopal to seek women's feedback on the upcoming Congress manifesto.

"We want your views in the manifesto. In other parties five to ten people make the manifesto in a closed room, but we want your views," he told the group of women.

He told the gathering that he has always believed that men and women are equal in every aspect adding that his grandmother - former prime minister Indira Gandhi - was the boss in his house.

"We can't call ourselves superpower till women of our country don't feel safe," he told the gathering.

"If we empower women, they cannot be stopped. They can achieve anything," he added.

The women from various sections present in the gathering put their demands across to the Gandhi scion which ranged from rights for the LGBT community in the country, to empowering domestic helps and creating easier access for the physically challenged.

He also talked about fighting violence against women and said that attitudes need to change.


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