Ahead of Women’s Day, program held on ‘Gender Equality in Politics in Ladakh’
Leh: Ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8, the Department of Social/Tribal Welfare, Leh in collaboration with the Child Development Project Office, Leh organised an inaugural function themed ‘Gender Equality in Politics in Ladakh: Progress & Challenges’ Wednesday at DC Conference Hall.
District Social Welfare Officer, Leh, Nilza Angmo said that the purpose of the meeting is to facilitate discussion on the current state of women’s political participation in Ladakh and to brainstorm strategies for promoting gender equality in politics.
Issues such as the role of digital literacy for women in politics, reasons of current status of low participation of women in politics, Challenges and long term and short time solutions were discussed at length.
The participants highlighted many issues such as the importance of gender sensitization and bringing gender equality in society, strengthening the overall processes that promote all-round development of women, women should be financially strong, stereotypes and judgments associated with women among other issues.
It was also highlighted in the discussion that the nature of work for men and women has been pre-defined and this needs to be changed.
Besides, the participants also highlighted that there should be reservations in the Hill Council so that women can be a part of policy and decision-making.
Talking about the effective use of social media, the participants discussed the strategies to enhance social media’s potential for women’s empowerment including facilitating their access to technology.
Discussing the solution, the participants said that education and awareness about their rights can empower women.
It was informed that the output of the discussion will be submitted to Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh; Commissioner Secretary, Social and Tribal Welfare Department, UT Ladakh and Deputy Commissioner, Leh by District Social Welfare Office, Leh.
Women from all sections of the society including heads of the different religious organisations, BDO, Sarpanches, and Panches attended the discussion. Also, Child Development Project Office, Leh , Tsering Youtol, Tehsil Social Welfare Officer, Leh Thinlas Dorjay were present during the meeting.
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