Village women get to know their rights and duties
CONFERENCE ROOM with state-of-the-art lighting system, laptops beaming Powerpoint presentations, and the newly elected panchayat members and pradhans themselves sitting in cushy chairs with swivel backrest.india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 00:53 IST
CONFERENCE ROOM with state-of-the-art lighting system, laptops beaming Powerpoint presentations, and the newly elected panchayat members and pradhans themselves sitting in cushy chairs with swivel backrest.
All this made these women panchayat members and pradhans eyes pop out. Empowerment could make them see all this.
“Use your new found empowerment. Use and not misuse it. Use it in your fellow villagers interest and village’s development,” said Shivakamy Iyer, State Representative of Catholic Relief Services(CRS).
In an attempt to make women panchayat pradhans and members kickstart their work, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) held a workshop towards sensitising elected women members of panchayats to know their rights and duties and to make the Panchayati Raj Institution effective for their villages.
The workshop was held at ICCMRT, Indira Nagar. Hundred women who have got elected as pradhans or members of panchayats, from 16 districts of the state, attended the workshop.
The seminar was organised as a stepping stone towards strengthening the partnership between CRS and its partner organisations working on the issue of local self-governance.
“Don’t wait for budget, start those works for which you don’t need funds at all. Like you can ensure that all the families in the village send their children to school, you can see that the ‘auxiliary nurse midwife’ (ANM) makes the vaccination visits for village children on schedule, you can see villagers go in for birth, death, marriage registrations and so many similar but very essential works,” said Shivakamy Iyer.
The women panchayat members and pradhans were told that they should now start gathering knowledge about their rights, duties, and functions so that they can prevent themselves from being misled by male counterparts or administrative officers.
State Women Commission chief Ranjana Bajpai called upon them to be bold
enough to show their courage and confidence and congratulate all of them on being elected.