(UNI) Expressing concern over gender parity indicators and grave challenges faced by women on health, safety, sanitation and employability, the All India Professionals Congress(AIPC) on Tuesday convened a discourse here titled ‘Women First’ at its flagship edition Straight Talk.
Vice-President, AIPC (South Delhi) Dr Soumitro Chakraborty said, “The talk series intends to discuss social, political and economic agenda aimed at inclusive growth. With this initiative, we aim to keep a healthy convergence of professional and political views ensuring an effective amalgamation of suggestion from both worlds and derive a focused policy advisory.”
Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit said, “The deep-rooted challenges such as gender equality still persist.Over years, the Government has been gearing up for technological advancements yet the country has failed repeatedly in ensuring basic rights to women.”
“In many countries, women empowerment has demonstrated swift socio-economic growth, on the contrary Nations where women are not at par with men, the societies struggle to develop”, Ms Dixit added.
Speaking on increasing number of acid attacks, Laxmi Agarwal said, “Acid attack is possibly the worst infliction on another human, leading to complete debilitation, mental trauma, loss of income and opportunity and even social sequestration.”
Taking a dig at BJP, Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who had also attended the discussion said, ” It was absurd that the BJP leader said no one saw an ape turn into a man. The process of evolution takes millions of years and no one lives long enough to see an ape turn into a man.”