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Programmes need to promote gender justice with commitment to basic human values: President Mukherjee
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, while inaugurating the Centenary Celebrations of Women's Indian Association at Adyar in Chennai on March 3 said that no society could call itself civilized if it did not accord due value to its women and female children and guarantee their safety and security, stated an official release.

Urging the Women's Indian Association to play a leading role in the realization of the collective aspirations of the women of India, he remembered Dr Annie Besant and Sarojini Naidu who had played a leading role in the foundation of the Indian Women's Association.

He appreciated the role of Women's Indian Association in the enactment and implementation of the Child Marriage Restraint Act and the Sarada Bill and wished for taking up social causes with commitment and zeal for continuing to play a leading role in the realization of the collective aspirations of the women of India.

He was of the view that the government schemes and programmes need to promote gender justice with commitment to basic human values. Violence against women reflects violence in the hearts and minds of those that perpetrate these acts, he stated.

He also emphasized the need for providing reservation for women in Indian Parliament and inclusion of contribution of women in economic growth of the country while calculating the GDP.

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