Gender equality, liberation of rural women: Key drivers of growth
Addressing 62nd Session of Commission on Status of Women, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development in India Chetan Sanghi said, "Gender equality and emancipation of rural women is recognized as a key driver of inclusive growth and social progress in India." Sanghi cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that India is moving from women development to women-led development.
World is trying to improve the well-being of women
Sanghi further stressed that while significant improvements have been achieved in the lives and well-being of women globally over the past few decades, rural women across the world continue to face multiple and intersecting challenges. "Asymmetrical division of labor, rights, and assets coupled with their low participation in decision-making processes render them vulnerable to discrimination and violence," he said.
India has implemented programs to empower women: Sanghi
Sanghi said the Indian Government is implementing a series of flagship programs that focus on significantly expanding financial inclusion, healthcare, safety and security, education, employment and other social and economic welfare aspects for women. "Contribution of rural women to our GDP growth and their central role in poverty reduction has been a key guiding factor in framing our policies," he said.
What is the Commission on Status of Women (CSW)?
The CSW, which will run through 23 March, is the UN's largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights, and the UN Member States' single largest forum, civil society organizations, and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.