President Mukherjee calls for more opportunities for women

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:14 IST

Calling upon India to consider women’s rights to equal opportunities and dignified living as sacred, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday emphasised on providing more education for girls and encouraging their economic empowerment.

The President also said that the growing violence against women worries him and that a society can’t be called civilised if it fails to respect its women.

“More girls need to be imparted education; more women need to be encouraged to get economically empowered and more institutions need to support the aspirations of women,” Mukherjee said while meeting the contributors of the book, “30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories”, anthologised by eminent banker Naina Lal Kidwai.

The President said that the country must build mechanisms to facilitate more women in the decision-making process: “If given a window of opportunity, women, who are natural multi-taskers, have the potential to rise and excel in any field of their choice. We need to build such mechanisms within institutions that facilitate the growth of women into decision making positions.”

Congratulating the contributors of the book, President added that their stories and experiences will “serve as an immense source of inspiration and motivation surely to all women.”

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