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‘Women’s empowerment not a distant dream anymore’
ST Correspondent | Saturday, 23 March 2013 AT 10:27 AM IST
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MUMBAI: Empowering women will go a long way in ensuring social balance and also help them in coming forward and fighting against the ills that they suffer, Managing Director of Sakal Media Group Abhijit Pawar said. He was speaking on the second day of the Tanishka Women's Dignity Forum Workshop in Mumbai.

“Today, society requires a concerted effort from all concerned to make women feel more safe.Women from the minorities, rural belts and other sections are a deprived lot. They have to be given education and the confidence to come forward and fight for their rights. With dedicated efforts, women's empowerment will no longer remain a distant dream,” Pawar said.

He added that this could be possible only by adopting definite social and economic plans with a view of total development of women and to make them realise that they have the potential to be strong human beings.

“Women's empowerment and child development are the huge agenda that the we at Sakal have been meticulously working upon. Women's empowerment will not be a distant dream with all of us working as one unit,” Pawar said adding that in order to obliterate gender inequality and discrimination, many remarkable programmes will have to be rolled out, in support of women.

After two-successful days of workshops, Pawar said that the next big step will see the ceremonious launch of the Sakal Media Group's Stree Pratisthan programme, by raising an auspicious and symbolic Gudi of Tanishka at the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.

“We have successfully launched some weekend markets and sale-cum-exhibition stalls in various parts of Pune to provide suppport to many women self help groups. We will continue this across Maharashtra as well,” Pawar said appealing to the various elected women representatives from across the state.

In conclusion, Pawar highlighted the condition of the severe drought affecting many parts of the state.

“Maharashtra is reeling under drought. The government machinery along with all those working in water management are fighting this water scarcity. We need to join hands to face the consequences. Hence, the Sakal Media Group, has taken a stance that while facing this natural calamity, we need to move progressively to free the state from drought,” Pawar said, announcing the Sakal Media Group's proposal to launch a new model for water management.


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