At UN, Smriti Irani says India remains at the forefront of women’s development and empowerment
India has remained at the forefront of women’s empowerment on the socio-economic and political platform, said Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani , during the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Addressing Wednesday’s session, the Union Minister pointed out that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has also witnessed a “rapid transition from women’s development to women-led development”. “We have developed a multi-pronged approach in our strategy,” Irani said.
She also highlighted aspects of women’s expansion on the socio-economic and political front in India. Providing statistical data on women’s literacy, sex ratio, women’s ownership of land, houses and bank accounts, and women’s participation in parliament, she said: “We are firmly committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination, disadvantage and violence against women. She also noted that the above commitments form the “fundamental framework” of India’s aspiration to an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
“It is the fundamental framework that underpins our development story in which the agency and leadership of women plays a key role in realizing our aspiration for an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, i.e. a Self-reliant India, not just for our own good, but for the benefit of the global community in the post-COVID world,” the minister said.
It is worth mentioning that the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is the apex body, globally, dedicated to monitoring gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Intergovernmental Commission was created under the aegis of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on June 21, 1946.
Irani hails female health workers for their role in transmitting COVID-19
Recalling the difficult times of the second wave of COVID-19, Irani hailed the resilience and service of over 6 million Indian frontline workers. “I pay tribute to…those who have protected our communities during the pandemic.” She also thanked Indian women scientists who have contributed immensely to the development of vaccines and test kits in India.
Irani also highlighted the steps taken by the Indian government to narrow the gender gap and promote equality in India. “The government has taken various measures to ensure that women in India are uplifted educationally, socially, economically and politically,” she said.
India has notably introduced the Women’s Inclusion Fund under the New Education Policy (NEP). In addition, the new labor codes also contain provisions to promote female employment and encourage female participation in non-conventional sectors such as mining and defence.