Provincial President National Conference, Devender Singh Rana, on Sunday urged women to come forward and participate in the ensuing urban local bodies elections in a big way, saying their political participation is imperative for achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
"National Conference has always opened up vistas of opportunities for every segment of society especially women who have made much contribution in political arena," Rana said while addressing a day-long women convention at R P High School Bantalab here.
Rana said the real spirit of democracy will materialise only when women are politically and financially empowered. "For achieving this objective, the civic bodies, apart from legislature and parliament, would be an appropriate forum for them to priorities the schemes and programmes for women emancipation. Their involvement in decision making at grass root level democratic institutions will be a game-changer for women empowerment," Rana said.
Organised by NC women leader, Satya Jamwal, the convention witnessed women speakers highlighting their crucial role in strengthening the party at grass root level.
Rana said efforts made by NC in promoting female literacy and ensuring their economic empowerment even when education of girl child was a taboo in many states of the countries is praiseworthy.
"Now that the women are progressing and making their mark in every-field, their larger role in politics is imperative," Rana said, adding that the coming elections would unfold a huge platform for them and NC will facilitate them every possible way.
Former minister and NC district president Reasi, Babu Jagjivan Lal highlighted the role played by NC since its inception in gender equality and social justice, saying women have progressed whenever the party came into power in Jammu and Kashmir.