Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has organized the prestigious National Women’s Parliament which began in the capital city of Amaravati today. “Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy” is the theme of the three day event.
The meeting was inaugurated at Pavitra Sangamam. Among the dignitaries who attended the inaugural function were Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the spiritual leader of Buddhism Dalai Lama, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, Bollywood actress, Manisha Koirala, the renowned Gandhian, Ela Bhatt, Shirin Chaudhary, the speaker of Bangladesh Parliament, Union Ministers P Ashok Gajapati Raju and M Venkaiah Naidu to name a few.
This event has been organized with the vision to empower women socially, politically and economically irrespective of what strata they belong to in the society.
National Women’s Parliament has been organized with an objective to welcome concepts, ideas and theories that will help in women empowerment.
This event will comprise of seven sessions that will be contributed to the discussion of various subjects like status of the women and the power they have in decision making, the various socio-political challenges that mar women empowerment, ways to build their identity and a future vision for the women.
According to the statement given by Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, the speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, about 91 female parliamentarians, 300 women leaders of the Indian and international social and corporate sectors and 401 legislators are expected to be a part of this event. It is estimated that about 10000 female students who are politically and socially sensitive will get a chance to network with these leaders.
He further added that this event would be a chance for women from various backgrounds like politics, cinema, media, judicial sector, art, culture, education, sports and social sector to come together and share their thoughts and views about the overall empowerment of women.
The National Women’s Parliament will act as a facilitator for interaction between girl students and women from various backgrounds to discuss and address various sensitive issues like malnutrition, sanitation, gender based issues, sexual harassment, security and oppression.
According to Shri Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, the main aim of NWP is to help young girls realize their abilities and caliber and give them an idea of the various avenues that they can explore to make a mark. The aim of this event is to improve the networking between these girls and established women leaders which will encourage them to gain confidence and take up leadership roles in the future.