NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK
The National Commission for Women (NCW) today felicitated outstanding women who symbolized indomitable spirit of fighting against adversities and dedicated their lives to work for rights of women. The list of honoured women includes: Ms. Aarti Dixit (Kanpur), Dr. Anjana Goswami (Guwahati), Ms. Asma Khanam,Ms. Bengia Dipti Tako, Arunachal Pradesh, Ms. Chanda Zariwala (Maharashtra), Ms. Geeta Devi (Rajasthan), Dr. Ila Pathak, Ms. Krishna Yadav (UP), Ms. Lily Thomas, Ms. ManasiPradhan (Odisha), Ms. Manjula Rath, Ms. Manu Hari Pathak, Ms. Meenakshi Arora, Dr. Meea Singh, Ms. Mukesh Devi (Haryana), Ms. Pramila Devi (Bihar), Sister Prema, Ms. Rehana Begum (Puducherry), Dr. Sarojini Pritam and Dr. Shakuntala Sharma
The function was organized to mark the International Women’s Day. During the programme the Report “Understanding Gender Equality in India” was released by the NCW Chairperson Smt. Mamta Sharma. The Report is a comprehensive presentation and analysis of secondary data from several sources like Census of India, District Level House hold Survey, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment, National Family Health Survey etc. The indicators of equality have been divided under three distinct categories viz. Women’s Survival, Women’s Freedom and Women’s Visibility. A Chapter on Women’s visibility in the Report provides statistical data on women’s participation on all fronts including professional occupation as well as political participation. The Report has used standardized data and a well defined research methodology. It provides an opportunity for more intensive work on each indicator or on several indicators for a region/state. The Report is quite useful to the social scientists, policy makers and activists.
Speaking on the occasion Smt. Mamta Sharma said that the women of the nation are now on the rise which is a matter of great satisfaction. She however said a lot more yet needs to be done and more importantly the women have to come forward in yet grater extent to safeguard their legitimate rights. She promised that the NCW will stand by with the women of the country in their good and bad times. The members of the Commission and several dignitaries were also present on the occasion.