“Many women have struggled and worked for the empowerment of women and rendered help in building the nation,” remarked chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, Rajashree Birla.
She was speaking as the guest of honour on Sunday at the inauguration of the Lokmat Women’s Summit 2011, an event to pay tribute to the trail-blazers.
The event was held in Koregaon Park and was presided by the joint managing director and editorial director of Lokmat Media Group, Rishi Darda.
A recipient of Padma Bhushan, Birla said there are various successful women who have done yeoman service to the nation.
“There are many women at present who are fighting for the uplift of women,” she said, adding that a lot more needs to be done as one-third of the population is still living in poverty.
According to her, one should not feel dejected by failure, but make use it as a stepping stone to success. She also advocated that women should fight to save the girl child.
Lauding the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Right to Information Act, Birla said that India has taken the right steps by introducing such acts. “These acts will surely help the country fight some of the ills plaguing the nation,” she remarked.
Maharashtra women and child development minister, Varsha Gaikwad, claimed that the state had played a leading role in undertaking reforms for improving the plight of women in the state.
“The state government has reserved seats for women in local self-governments. I am proud that our state has taken a lead on issues relating to women,” she stated.
The Lokmat Group gave away Lokmat Sakhi Gaurav awards to six women for the stupendous work in their respective fields.
They include Marathi actor Tejaswini Pandit (art and culture), Shubhada Kamalapurkar (education), Vanita Gunjal (entrepreneur and business), Soumya Swaminathan (sports), Sanskriti Menon (social sector) and Dr Maya Tuplule (medicine). During the daylong seminar, issues such as women’s empowerment, educational set-up and gender imbalance were discussed.