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National Women’s Parliament begins in Andhra Pradesh

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Source: indianexpress

The 3-day National Women’s Parliament kicked-off on Friday in the state capital region Amaravati. The session is being organized by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy.’

Along with Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the inaugural event at Pavitra Sangamam was attended by Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, P Ashok Gajapati Raju, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhury, Gandhian Ela Bhatt, actress Manisha Koirala and many other dignitaries.

The idea of NWP is to facilitate and support the social, political and economic empowerment of women in all section of the society. One of the major goals of NWP is to produce new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.

During the 3-day session, an ‘International Woman Icon of the World’ award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in diverse fields will be bestowed. Apart from that, there would be seven plenary sessions with deliberations on subjects such as a socio-political challenge in women empowerment, women’s status, and decision-making, building own identity and vision for the future.

Around 91 women parliamentarians, 401 legislators, 300 social and corporate sector women leaders from India and abroad are likely to attend the NWP, while over 10,000 “socially and politically sensitive” girl students will be networked with the leaders, said Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao on Thursday.

“The conclave will be a common platform for women from diverse backgrounds like politics, arts and culture, sports, education, industry, media, cinema, judiciary and social sector to share their knowledge and research in the area of women’s social, economic and political empowerment,” he said.

“One of the objectives of NWP is to make young girls realize their potential and make them aware of the canvas where they can leave their footprints. Our endeavor is to enhance the network between eminent women and girl students to enable them to take leadership roles,” the speaker added.