Moving beyond women’s development to women-led development: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 6: Stressing the need to move towards women-led development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged elected officials to use technology to be more effective in their role and suggested creating an electronic platform of women parliamentarians. Addressing the National Conference of Women Legislators, he said the country must think beyond “women’s development” and move towards “women-led development” and called on women legislators to interact with the panchayats and municipal representatives of their region as a step towards their “empowerment”.Read also – Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a faithful: PM Modi expresses his grief and pays tribute

He, however, did not mention the women’s reservation bill that President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari had referred to in their speeches on Saturday. The two-day conference, which ended on Sunday, brought together female members of parliament and state legislatures and legislative councils, union ministers and current and former chief ministers. In her speech at the farewell session held in the central hall of the parliament, former Speaker Pratibha Devisingh Patil said that children should be given values ​​of respect from women. She also stressed that women legislators should carefully consider provisions for gender-responsive budgeting. (Also Read: Narendra Modi Reviews Security Scene, Women’s Safety in Police Meeting) Also Read – Another Symbol of Slavery Relegated to History: Prime Minister Modi after Inauguration of Kartavya Road at India Gate

Patil said women should receive training on self-protection and insist on economic empowerment. She said women legislators should unite in the fight against money and muscle power. The first conference of its kind passed a resolution in which the participants resolved to work for transparent, accountable and inclusive governance and contribute to the task of building a resurgent India. In his speech, Modi said there is a need to change the psychological sentiment regarding women’s empowerment because empowerment is needed for those who are weak and not for those who are capable and strong. Also Read – NIA investigates Phulwari Sharif ‘terror pod’ at 30 premises in Bihar

“I am unable to understand who the men are to empower (women). But the need is for us to understand our strength ourselves,” he said. Noting that a country is enriched by the power of its women, he said multitasking, considered a very important part of modern management, comes naturally to women. Also noting that his government had a large share of female ministers, he praised Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying her ability was widely recognised. (Also Read-Nation is always empowered by its women: Narendra Modi)

Commending Lok Sabha President Sumitra Mahajan for her leadership and vision in organizing the conference, he said that in addition to the structured component of these events, the experiences shared informally among delegates were also extremely rewarding. “Women have a higher success rate despite having fewer opportunities compared to men,” Modi said, referring to Rwanda, saying the East African country has been put back on foot by women after massacres in which large numbers of men were killed. . He urged women to work harder to scrutinize bills in parliament, saying they have a long-term view of events. (Also Read: Narendra Modi: Ensuring women benefit from social security schemes)

“I would like to urge Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, can you create an electronic women’s representative platform,” he said. Also admitting that women are more tech-embracing than men and “are especially gifted by God in this aspect,” he urged women legislators to engage with their constituents using technology. Shehnaz Ganai, a member of Jammu and Kashmir’s legislative council who spoke ahead of the closing session, suggested that such conferences be held in the states, while former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, said women must raise their voices to secure 33% reservation in parliament. and assemblies.

Mara R. Wilmoth