Jammu Tawi, December 20
National Conference (NC) Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday called for greater participation of women in the political process, saying this will lead to their economic and social emancipation on a larger plank.
“National Conference has all along worked towards carving out a significant role for women in decision making”, Rana said while addressing Women Convention organised by the party’s Women Wing at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
He said though women constitute half of the electorate yet their representation in decision making bodies is insignificant. “This trend is required to be reversed”, he said and urged women to come forward and shoulder their responsibilities towards shaping the destiny of the state. He said the essence and 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 appropriate forum for them to get elected in good numbers and 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.
The Provincial President said though women are leaving an indelible mark of their talent in different spheres yet their visibility in politics is still in its infancy. “Their larger role in politics is imperative”, he said and expressed happiness that the Women Wing of the party was playing a decisive role in this regard.
Speaking on the occasion, Provincial President Women Wing pledged that women will shoulder their responsibility in steering the state to peace and progress by isolating elements inimical to unity and amity. She cautioned against machinations of divisive forces, who were bent upon dividing society on regional and religious lines.
During the Convention, Daljeet Sharma District President R S Pura, Kuldeep Kour District Jammu Rural A, Puspa Dogra District President Samba, Satya Jamwal District President Jammu Urban, Nirmal Sharma District President Poonch, Neelam Sharma District President Kathua, Mariyam Sheikh District President Kishtwar, Khurshid Begum District President Rajouri Rural, detailed various issues faced to women, especially after the present dispensation took over.