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Jamshedpur, Jan 25: On the occasion of National Girl Child Day that is being observed since 2008 annually on January 24, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur, organised a workshop on Women Empowerment on the occasion online. This was a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Government of India and the main objective was to spread awareness among all Indians on the rights of a girl child and the importance of health, education and nutrition of girls. In a society dominated by men, girls were exposed to various kinds of violence and made victims of child marriage, female infanticide and domestic labour. The virtual discussions included deprivation of girl children in the realms of health and education. The workshop was organised to highlight the issues faced by girls and women and the need and importance of women empowerment.
The virtual program commenced with a video on women in leadership at CSIR-NML. This was followed by Chief Scientist and Head of KRIT Division at CSIR-NML, Dr Mita Tarafder’s speech on ‘Women Empowerment in India’ that emphasized judicial empowerment of women and the present status of their participation in various leadership roles as executives or as members of advisory decision making bodies. In her lecture, she recommended economic and social empowerment of women and stressed on the need for providing various support services to take care of the kids and elders at home. She projected various women empowerment schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Women Technology Park, the upcoming S&T program for women at CSIR-NML sponsored by Department of Science and Technology.
Rashmi Saha, an activist and Founder of Mukty Mission, an organization that works on women empowerment and helps them in tackling various issues including health and hygiene. She said that growth and empowerment could not be unidirectional and should be considered as collective responsibility of all for the betterment of society. The session was interactive and informative.