In a first of its kind event to empower women, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is holding the National Women’s Parliament in Amaravathi in Andhra Pradesh. The three day event which goes with the theme ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, is being organised by .
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Ashok Gajapati Raju, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhury, Gandhian Ela Bhatt, actress Manisha Koirala and many other dignitaries are attending the inaugural event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely address the event via video conference.
The vision of NWP is to enable and encourage social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society.
91 women parliamentarians, 401 legislators, 300 social and corporate sector women leaders from India and abroad are expected to attend the NWP, said Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao on Thursday.
Also, more than 10,000 “socially and politically sensitive” girl students will be able to network with the leaders during the course of the event.
“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 added.
The NWP would facilitate interaction among women from all backgrounds and girl students to sensitise the society on issues like malnutrition, social security, sexual harassment, sanitation, oppression and other gender-based problems.
“One of the objectives of NWP is to make young girls realise their potential and make them aware of the canvas where they can leave their footprints. Our endeavour is to enhance the network between eminent women and girl students to enable them to take leadership roles,” the Speaker had said.
In the three days, the event will seven plenary sessions with discussions on subjects like socio-political challenges in women empowerment, women’s status and decision-making, building own identity and vision for the future.
An ‘International Woman Icon of the World’ award and 12 best young achievers awards for women in different fields will also be presented at the event.
(With inputs from PTI)