Tuesday, December 15, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Krishna for empowering Dalit women, eradicating discrmination



Krishna for empowering Dalit women, eradicating discrmination

New Delhi, Dec 15 : Voicing concern over adverse effects of caste
system on the educational and economic status of Dalits in the
country, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna
Tirath today exhorted all women to eradicate this discrimination.

The Women and Child Development Ministry aimed at creating awareness
on various Centre-sponsored schemes meant for the target groups and to
impart them training about the Self Help Groups, Ms Tirath told UNI
after inaugurating the plenary session of the Dalit Women's Congress
"Abhaya Jeevan for Equality, Peace and Progress".

She said, "Dalit women were being exploited and suppressed due to the
lack of education, poverty and malnutrition. We at the Ministry are
going to start a campaign to stop violence against them. Health and
education schemes are, therefore, on the priority list for us. We will
educate them about government-sponsored schemes in six different
sessions so that they can work in Self Help Groups with the help of
NGOs." Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik,
speaking at the function, assured the Dalit women that his Ministry
would provide scholarships, hostel and educational loans.

He said, "If the wings of women are clipped, no nation can achieve its
full heights. We will help the Women and Child Ministry in this noble
cause," he added.

Mr Wasnik said every woman working as a labour will be provided with
loan, scholarship and hostel by March 31 next year.

Mr D K Sikri, Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry, and Ms
Ruth Manorama, General Secretary of Women's Voice and president of the
National Federation of Dalit Women were also present on the occasion.


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