Two-day conference on 'Technological Empowerment of Women at the Grassroots' began at Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture University in Kanpur on Saturday. Academicians from all over the country emphasized on the importance of information, communication and technology in the upliftment of rural women.
The event was organised by the home science department of the university. It was inaugurated by PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and CSA vice-chancellor Munna Singh. The minister said that about 74 per cent of women live in rural India. They after their own families and also take care of millions of others across the country. They contribute in farming and help in production of food grain.
"Women in rural India are an asset for the country. Economical and technological empowerment of women is important. If given technical knowledge about new skills, I am sure that women can do much more and can go far," he said.
The minister added that the government had initiated several plans for the betterment of women in rural areas. "For welfare of women, our government started 'Beti Bachao Beti Badhao', Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana and women helpline. We need to work on more such plans that can prove beneficial for women," he said.
Organiser, Neelma Kunwar said that though women in urban areas have become strong and educated, their counterparts in rural India are still backward. This is due to improper dissemination of knowledge. These women are unaware of social and legal rights, because of which their condition is pathetic. "Women do not get right to their holdings. Though 70 per cent women work in fields, almost none get the privilege of their holdings. The land is registered on their husbands' name, which is transferred to their children after the death of the former. Wife comes nowhere in scene. We need to understand this and make policies accordingly," she said.
Others present on the occasion were textile and silk industry minister Shiv Kumar Beria, Munindra Shukla, Rekha Chaturvedi, IPR chair at Delhi University, Sabina Shafiq, member, National Commission for Women.