JAMMU, Mar 13: Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana today exhorted women to come forward and participate in the ensuing Urban Local Bodies elections in a big way, saying their political participation is imperative for achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
“National Conference has always opened up vistas of opportunities for every segment of society especially women who have made much contribution in political arena”, Mr Rana said while addressing a day-long women convention at R P High School Bantalab near here.
Mr Rana said the real spirit of democracy will become a reality only when women are politically and financially empowered. For achieving this objective, the civic bodies, apart from legislature and parliament, would be an appropriate forum for them to priorities the schemes and programmes for women emancipation. He said their involvement in decision making at grass root level democratic institutions will be a game-changer for women empowerment.
Organised by prominent women leader of National Conference, Satya Jamwal, the convention witnessed women speaker highlighting their crucial role in strengthening the party at grass root level.
He said history stands testimony to efforts made by National Conference in promoting female literacy and ensuring their economic empowerment even when education of girl child was a taboo in many states of the countries. In this context, he referred to tireless efforts made by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah and Madr-e-Meharban Begum Abdullah, who devoted herself to cause of girl child. As a result of their concerted efforts, a huge transformation has taken place in the status of women in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Now that the women are progressing and making their mark in every-field, their larger role in politics is imperative”, Mr Rana said, adding that the coming elections would unfold a huge platform for them and National Conference will facilitate them every possible way.
Former Minister and NC District President Reasi, Babu Jagjivan Lal highlighted the crucial role played by National Conference since its inception in gender equality and social justice, saying women have progressed whenever the party came into power in Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking at the convention, State Vice President and former MLC Th Kashmira Singh said that political empowerment of women will lead to an emancipated society and help in offsetting various evils like domestic violence and exploitation effectively.
Provincial President NC Women Wing, Satwant Kour Dogra,while dwelling upon various initiatives taken by National Conference from time to time, said raise in the seats of Medical Colleges for girls has been a landmark decision.
Satya Jamwal, while addressing the convention, recalled the role played by women in the previous elections and said they will be second to none whenever democratic credentials of National Conference are tested during polls.