India’s approach shifted from ‘women’s development’ to ‘women-led development’: PM Modi at G7 summit

During a session on gender equality at the G7 summit in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that India’s approach had shifted from “women’s development” to “women-led development”. .

During the session on “Stronger Together: Addressing Food Security and Advancing Gender Equality” at the G7 Summit in Germany, Prime Minister Modi said: “When it comes to gender equality, today today, India’s approach is shifting from ‘women’s development’ to ‘women-led development’. ‘.” Prime Minister Modi also hailed the work of women frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “More than 6 million Indian frontline workers have kept our citizens safe during the pandemic. Our female scientists have made significant contributions to the development of vaccines and test kits in India. Over one million female volunteers in India are active in rural health, whom we call “ASHA workers”. Last month, the World Health Organization honored these Indian ASHA workers with its “2022 Global Leaders Award”.

During the session, Prime Minister Modi also noted the contribution of women to national and state politics. “If all the elected leaders in India, from local government to national government, are counted, more than half of them are women, and the total number will be in the millions. This shows that Indian women are fully involved in the real decision making today.”

Speaking further, Modi said that next year India will chair the G20 and with this opportunity India will maintain close dialogue with G7 countries on other issues including post-recovery. COVID, as part of the G20 platform.

Prime Minister Modi also took note of current global issues and said India stands for “peace”. “We are meeting in an atmosphere of global tension. India has always been in favor of peace.”

Reiterating India’s position on the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Modi stressed the importance and the need to maintain dialogue. He said dialogue and diplomacy are the way forward. “Even in the current situation, we have constantly called for the path of dialogue and diplomacy. The impact of this geopolitical tension is not limited only to Europe.”

Acknowledging the global inflation and food security issues, Prime Minister Modi went on to say, “Rising energy and food grain prices affect all countries. Energy and security in developing countries are particularly at risk. During this difficult time, India has provided food grains to many countries in need.”

Prime Minister Modi briefed the leaders on how India has helped neighbors like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka during this time of economic crisis. “We have sent about 35,000 tonnes of wheat as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan over the past few months. And even after the massive earthquake, India was the first country to deliver relief materials. We are also helping our neighbor Sri Lanka to ensure food security.”

Presenting his suggestions on the topic of global food security, Prime Minister Modi said, “We need to focus on fertilizer availability and keep fertilizer value chains flowing globally. We are trying to increase the production of fertilizers in India and seek cooperation from the G7 countries in this regard.”

“Second, India has a huge agricultural labor force compared to G7 countries. Indian agricultural skills have helped breathe new life into traditional agricultural products like cheese and olive in some of the countries. of the G7. Can the G7 create a structured system for the widespread use of Indian agricultural talents in its member countries? With the help of the traditional talents of Indian farmers, food security will be ensured for the G7 countries,” said added the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Modi, in his remarks at the session, noted that next year the world celebrates the International Year of Millet and on this occasion, “we should campaign to promote a nutritious alternative like millet” .

“Millet can make a valuable contribution to global food security,” he said.

Concluding his address, the Prime Minister said, “Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the ‘natural farming’ revolution that is taking place in India. Your experts can study this experience. We have shared a non-paper on this. subject with all of you.” (ANI)

Mara R. Wilmoth