Women’s empowerment alone will improve society, says social affairs minister

Only when women in a society are respected and protected will there be an opportunity for lasting peace and comprehensive development in all areas, Social Affairs Minister Geetha Jeevan said on Saturday.

Speaking at a workshop held at the Collectorate, with the aim of formulating and reconstructing the guidelines of the state government, which was attended by a large number of women representatives from various walks of life, the minister said that the Chief Minister MK Stalin had made it clear that women had not received their fair share over the past 10 years.

There were many irregularities and malpractices at different levels and loopholes were used to evade crimes such as domestic violence, dowry-related harassment, among others, of which women were the victims, he said. she declared.

“All these errors would no longer be allowed and will be taken up in accordance with the laws by the government,” she assured.

Minister for Registration and Commercial Taxes, P. Moorthy, said that soon after the new government took office in May, the first order passed by the Chief Minister was to allow women free travel on TNSTC buses.

About 70% of women have used the facility in the state. Likewise, more attention has been paid to the education of women, he added.

Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) Shambu Kallolikar gave an overview of the purpose and need for the workshop. Already, similar interactions have taken place in Chennai recently. He appealed to participants to express their views objectively.

Other senior officers from the Social Welfare Department including S. Valarmathi and V. Amudavalli spoke.

Collector S. Aneesh Shekhar said that when women get an education, the true sense of empowerment will be achieved.

Earlier, Ms. Geetha Jeevan visited some of the schools run by the Corporation of Madurai and interacted with the students about the infrastructure and food served at nearby anganwadi centres, officials added.

Mara R. Wilmoth