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RESPECTED PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS AND MY DEAR FRIENDS,
As we all know, today, March 8, is the International Women’s
day. All over the world, the day is observed to ensure that
women have an equal share in developmental activities. In
India economists, scientists, -each and everyone- are trying to
make India developed. And, still India is crawling without
development. India cannot attain development @ 2020 if
everything goes like this. Why ? Because of the lack o
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN.
India is one of the countries who consider women as second
class. India is one of the countries where a woman is
discriminated. We still have the dowry system. Female foeticide
is common. Although these are prohibited by law, they still go
on in our society.
Women empowerment is the key factor of development.
Recent researches show that elimination of gender gap in
economic participation can bring an increase in per
We are celebrating MALALA DAY to support Malala . But Malala
says it is the day of everyone who raise their voice for their
rights and education. There are many women who struggle for
their rights and education. The life of an Indian woman
generally speaking is a series of slaveries. Until she is married
she is a slave of her husband and when she gets married she
becomes a slave of her husband and when the husband dies
she is a slave of her son whom she chooses to depend on.
This condition must be changed. As Christine Lagard says the
3L’s- LEARNING, LABOUR, and LEADERSHIP . The adage
that “IF YOU EDUCATE A BOY YOU TRAIN A MAN. IF YOU
EDUCATE AWOAN YOU TRAIN A VILLAGE” also points outthe importance of education for woman. Weakness, fear,
hopelessness must not rule the woman. But strength, hope, and
courage must rule them. This could be acquired through the
The proverb “PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN SWORD”.
Is relevant here. The right education at right time will help
women to face challenges.
Learning helps women to know their rights and duties. Labour
or employment gives her the economic power to assert herself.
A woman without any income has to depend her father,
husband or her son for her needs. Leadership makes the
women powerful. She should be able to lead so that the world
become a better place to live in. Lagard says that women can
be better leaders than men. Women tend to make decisions
based on consensus building, inclusion, compassion and
For this women need the key called education. As George
Washington said, “EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE
GOLDEN DOOR OF FREEDOM”. For this , women must be
shielded with unity and empoerment . They must reject
prejudices of cast, sex, religion and colour. They must rely on
And now it is the time to start or to continue our journey for
women education. It is true that sometimes women lack the
confidence to their competence. They have to change their
mindset .They should be ready to “dare the difference” to
take risk and step out of their comfort zones. I , therefore ,ask
the girls assembled here to take charge of their lives. You have
a lot to gain and nothing to lose by trying to make yourself
equal to men. “One child, one teacher, one book and one
pen can change the world. So education first ”.
I wish you success in your endeavours!
( ACTIVITY WRT UNIT 1/LESSON 1/ 12 READER /DHSE KERALA )
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