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Women empowerment is central to achieving objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development: Vice President Naidu
Addressing the participants of the conference on 'Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability' in New Delhi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and it is not only a national goal but also a global agenda, stated an official release.

At the conference organized by the NITI Aayog and Shri Ram College of Commerce, Naidu stressed the need for creating suitable conditions to facilitate and encourage women to have full, active and unhindered participation in social, economic, political and public life so that their potential is realized fully for the benefit of the society.

He was of the view that lack of equal access to education & employment, inequalities in the labour market, rising sexual violence and unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work remain the key barriers to their advancement.

Here are some pertinent one-liners from his address:

-Empowerment is a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and multi-layered concept.

-Empowerment of all sections of the society is central to democracy as it contributes to make democracy truly participative.

-Women's empowerment as a concept was defined as a redistribution of social and economic powers and control of resources in favour of women.

-Empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.

-They (Women) often face discrimination and exploitation in varying degree and occupy limited space in social, economic and political realms.

-Women's empowerment has a multiplier effect not only on their own lives but also on the family and the society.

-The micro-finance programme of the Government has not only given women access to savings and credit but also brought them together regularly in organized groups.

-Today's women cannot be held hostage to the traditional barriers of patriarchal mindset, regressive customs and debilitating social stereotypes.

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