PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate 3-day National Women's Parliament tomorrow

"A mere Bill is not sufficient".

Addressing the delegates, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu said women power and their role was very important in strengthening the economy of the country and development was possible only with the full cooperation of women.

Accusing that how Chandrababu Naidu is'anti-women', she said that though there are four girijan MLAs in YSRCP, they were not given due platform to speak, while Venkaiah Naidu's kin and Chandrababu Naidu's daughter-in-law take the centre stage.

"The NWP will come out with the Amaravati Declaration on women empowerment at the end of the three-day deliberations", the Speaker said on the eve of the conclave. "Every mother wants her son to shine first", he said, adding that "from my experience, no two women can work together for women's empowerment". Mr Naidu recalled that Telugu Desam Party founder and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao had provided right to property to women in the state and established a University especially for women.

Asking women to play a more active role in all sectors, Buddhist spiritual guru Dalai Lama said, "They can not remain indifferent".

An "International Woman Icon of the World" award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in different fields will be presented at the NWP.

Chandrababu Naidu said women empowerment is crucial and if women are not respected, the development of the country can never be 100 per cent. "We have seen in our Gods too that Lakshmi was given finance, Saraswati education".

Organised at Pavitra Sangamam, the point of confluence of Godawari and Krishna rivers, the event had spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Bangladesh Parliament's Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Maithree Wickramasinghe, academic and wife of Sri Lanka's PM Ranil Wickramasinghe, and actor Manisha Koirala among the key speakers. "Violence against women, if you talk more and more, that is where women are losing confidence", he said. The bill provides for 33 per cent quota for women in legislative bodies.

Talking about the steps taken by the AP government to empower women, he said the state had entered the "fourth industrial revolution" where there was "gender equity".

  • Joanne Flowers