Women are central to government’s agenda in India: Irani in UN

2nd October 2020

2nd October 2020

Smriti Irani, Union minister in India said in the United Nations on Thursday that India has shifted from the paradigm of women’s development to women-led development.

On the 25h anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, Irani said the centrality of gender-equality is recognized in all aspects of the government’s agenda.

“Women numerically constitute half of humanity but their influence transfuses all dimensions of society, polity, and economy,” said Irani.

"Reservation of seats for women in local governance in the situation has ensured that more than 1.3 million elected women representatives provide leadership in the formulation and implementing gender-sensitive public policies at the community level," remarked Irani.

She also added "more than 200 million women have been brought into the formal banking system through the Government's Financial Inclusion Initiative. Innovative use of digital technologies has provided equal opportunity for women to access insurance, loans, and social assistance."

About the gender parity issue, the Union minister said, "India today is attaching the highest priority to ensuring gender parity in all spheres of life and elimination on of all forms of gender-based discrimination. Several of our legislations such as those pertaining to sexual harassment of women at the workplace, protection of women from domestic violence, protection of children from sexual offences, and our criminal laws' amendments, have been strong enablers of women empowerment and protection of children especially girls, over the past six years."

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