A 3-day first National Women’s Parliament was held at Amaravati aimed at encouraging women’s empowerment. The objectives of Conference was to facilitate an interaction between women from diverse backgrounds like politics, social sector, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts & culture, judiciary.
It was attended by eminent women from all walks of life, women members of legislative assemblies and women members of Parliament. Ten thousand girl students from across the country participated in the Conference, which was the brain child of the Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu. The conference was aimed at making young girls realize their potential and making them aware of the canvas where they can leave their footprints.
Women MPs from both the Houses of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal and Bihar attended the Conference. Earlier, cutting across party lines, they underlined the need for empowerment of women and their all-round development in society as well as the need for their representation in legislative bodies across the country.
The theme of the Conference was Empowering Women for Nation Building. This was India’s first convention to connect over 10,000 socio-politically sensitive girl students of higher education with 401 women legislators, 91 women members of Parliament and 300 social/corporate women leaders of India and overseas. In the 3-day Conclave of National Women's Parliament speakers strongly pitched for empowerment of women in all walks of life. They said the all round development of women means the country's development and suggested that men and woman should work together for bringing harmony in the society.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu observed that the event is first of its kind in the country. He said Amaravati, the capital city of the Sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh will be remembered in the Indian history for its legacy. He said the historic event is taking place at Pavitra Sangamam, the place where rivers Krishna and Godavari were linked.
CM Naidu said Telugu Desam Party founder N T Rama Rao was the first leader who mooted the proposal for property rights to daughters. He said the National Women's Parliament will pave right direction to empower women socially, politically and financially. The Chief Minister suggested that men should encourage women to participate in the activities in all sectors and take the leadership. Naidu expressed his strong determination to continue to strengthen the movement in all fields. He asked women to "dream a Vision" and work hard to achieve the goal. Naidu said men and women should respect each other to maintain social harmony in the society. He said Andhra Pradesh is planning to fix a particular day dedicated to show respect to mother by her children. He said that the day will be celebrated "Talli Ke Vandanam" meaning "Matrudevo Bhava".
The Chief Minister urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to take initiative to provide for 33 % reservation to women in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. Naidu said he will support politically and mobilize public support.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said women Empowerment has become a global demand. Citing example of women bagging Olympic medals are no less than men. Referring to the bill providing for 33 percent seats for women in Parliament and Assemblies, Venkaiah Naidu said once NDA gets majority in the Rajya Sabha, the government will get it passed with consensus of other political parties.
Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said women should play more active role in all sectors. He said the present Century should be a century of dialogue and compassion. He also asked women to develop self-confidence and determination.
Bangladesh Parliament Speaker, Shirin Sharnin Chaudhury underlined the need of finding innovative ways to empower women. She called for political empowerment. Lt. Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi praised Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu for strengthening Swachh Bharat Mission.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asserted that women should get their due reservation to represent in Lok Sabha and Assemblies as per their rights but not on anyone's mercy. 'Whatever I deserve, I must get it,' she said while addressing the Valedictory function of the 3-day first National Women's Parliament conclave.
Mahajan said, Parliament had organised a two-day National Women Legislators Conference in March 2016 on the theme 'Women Legislators: Building a Resurgent India'.
The Conference dwelt on many important issues and challenges concerning women with a special thrust on how women legislators could proactively and productively contribute towards nation building.
Mahajan said women have to be in the driving seat to navigate the society and country as Lord Krishna drove Arjun's chariot in the right direction. The speaker suggested that women positioning themselves in Executive, Legislature and Judiciary can ensure good e- governance. She said woman has the qualities of resolving issues without fighting for it.
She said women are considered to be good managers in managing the issues related to climate changes. Mahajan said she is working in this regard with 4G speed. She suggested holding consultations with Chief Ministers and Assembly Speakers in respect of reservation of women.
Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr. K. Siva Prasada Rao told the gathering that, 22,000 delegates participated in the 3-Day summit. He said this shows the aspirations of young girls and young women.
Several foreign dignitaries, Union and State Ministers, MPs and MLAs attended the conference. The event was organized jointly by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Government of Andhra Pradesh in association with MIT School of Government, Pune.
The Conference had six sessions covering three days dealing with socio-political challenges in Women Empowerment, Building Own Identity and Vision of the Future, Women’s status and decision making power, Be your own Hero and Building bonds between mentor and Mentees.