On the ground

Women play a very vital role in human progress and have a significant place in the society. They are not at all inferior to men. They are capable of sharing all the responsibilities of life. Man and woman have been rightly compared to the wheels of the same carriage. Empowerment includes the action of raising the status of women through education, raising awareness, literacy, and training.

Women empowerment is really needed in the society. It’s so important for women’s self-esteem and also for societies. Empowering women is to give women the rights they deserve. Women have every right to be included  in education, society, economy and politics.

Though Education has primarily helped to remove discrimination against women to a certain extent, but a lot more is required to be done to in the fields of Health, Education and economic condition of women.

Celebrating women’s day should actually mean, working towards empowerment of women throughout the year, celebrating them everyday and showcasing of the achievements on a day observed as International Woman’s day.

District Administration Bandipore has taken some good measures during 2019-20 for betterment of its female population, like never before. The recent tweets from Ministry of Women & Child GoI are testimony to this.

One Stop Center (SAKHI) has been established and made functional to provide converged help to victim women, be it medical help, legal help, counseling, security etc. The center has been aligned to 181 helpline as well. Door to Door awareness regarding the center is being created to maximize its outreach and minimize Violence against women. SAKHI as the name suggests is a woman friendly center and helps victim women to express themselves freely.

District Level Center for Women under the Schemes Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) stands established fully with women welfare officers and coordinators operating from mini secretariat complex Bandipore. Any female can reach the DLCW room number 321 and get all information related to woman welfare in different Government Departments.

“Beti Bachao Beti Badho” has been reoriented in Bandipore with inclusion of two more words “Empowered Beti & Healthy Beti”. The health benefits accrued to girl child & pregnant woman are now being monitored at Panchayat level on real time basis. The health officers /officials are having the Panchayat-wise base data to improve prenatal and postnatal care. This will further improve once activities are rolled out like providing Iron Folic Acid to Girl students, ensuring full registration of eligible couples, pregnant ladies & births, tracking minimum 4 ANCs by ASHAs etc.

Under ICDS sector holding of Panchayat wise camps by ICDS /ASHA workers has been well taken making it as the 25th success story published in “chronicles of change” by the Ministry of Woman & child, GoI. This has helped on administrative front in reconciliation of sex ratio figures maintained by ICDS and Health Departments and raising of awareness about female foeticide, importance of Girl child etc among general public at large. Bandipore has become first district in entire J&K, where two types of growth charts of girl children are efficiently maintained by ICDS workers. This shall help in recognising and curing early malnourishment & stunting among girl children.

Provision of 36,670 LPG connections to women of Bandipore and 16000 IHHLs are another way of making women’s lives easier. The Administration has further enlisted 85 individual beneficiary schemes for 100% coverage, under which women share shall also contribute towards their empowerment.

One feels happy that a strong foundation of women empowerment has been laid in District Bandipore which shall raise confidence levels of most of  the females , which has primarily been aimed at . Looking forward to and hoping for zero discrimination & maximum women welfare in the Bandipore.

Imtiyaz Ahmad is Joint Director Planning, CPO Bandipore.

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