Efforts are on to protect women from economic slow down- Krishna Tirath

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Sanjay Arora

 New Delhi.   Smt. Krishna Tirath Minister for Women and Child Development has said that the efforts are on by the Indian Government to protect women from economic slow down and also enable them to uplift themselves. Self help group movement is being strengthen further to mobilize more and more women for income generating activities with linkage to micro credit. The Minister was addressing the Plenary Session of 3rd East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting at Seoul, South Korea yesterday.

Speaking about impact of economic crisis on women, on their health, nutritional level and their economic sustainability, Smt. Krishna Tirath said that Indian Government is committed to uplift women in every sphere of life and it is contemplating to increase reservation for women upto 50% in local Government, which is 33 % at the moment. A Bill to reserve one-third seats for women in Indian Parliament and Legislative Assemblies is also active contemplation, she said. The Minister offered to the East Asian Countries for training in India in areas of gender budgeting, prevention of trafficking, self help group, micro finance and prevention of domestic violence.

Mrs. Tirath is participating three-days, 24-26 June, 2009, Gender Equality Meeting at Seoul. Yesterday she met with Minister of Gender Equality of Republic Korea and discussed scope of collaboration between the countries in women related issues.

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