India: Women’s Minister & Gramya President alert AP’s rural women leaders to the sex ratio crisis Print E-mail


Concern over decline in sex ratio

Special Correspondent 

IKP to train rural women to fight for women and child rights

Empowering women:Minister V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy interacting with members of the SHGs in Hyderabad.—PHOTO:NAGARA GOPALEmpowering women: Minister V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy [foreground] and Gramya President Dr. V. Rukmini Rao [extreme right] interacting with members of the SHGs in Hyderabad (NAGARA GOPAL)

Concerned at the sharply-dipping child sex ratio (0 to 6 years), the Indira Kranthi Pathakam-Society for Eradication of Rural Poverty (IKP-SERP) and a voluntary agency, Gramya Resource Centre for Women came together to provide training to over 100 rural women leaders and equip them better to fight for women and child rights.

V. Rukmini Rao, president of Gramya, an active player in the voluntary action front, working with women and children, said it was time to gear up. “Women are known for their organisational skills and it is time their hands are strengthened with specialised training. Positive action to promote girl child education, prevent child marriages and stand up against violence on women and children will yield results,” she stated, adding that this programme was just a step forward. A key component of the training was that the rural women who were already leaders in their villages were exposed to indicators like girl:boy ratio in the zero to six years age group that was cause for concern. The ratio in Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh was to 912:1000 from the last census of the year 2001 when it was 955:1000, she pointed out. The numbers in Mahabubnagar were now 932 (952 in 2001), Anantapur 927 (959) and Nalgonda 921 (952).

Minister for Women Development & Child Welfare Sunitha Laxma Reddy said considering the increasing number of atrocities on women and children, it was clear that in the way forward, women have to organise, toughen themselves enough to stand up for their rights.

The two-day programme that concluded on Saturday was sponsored by the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI) and is expected to pave the way for other public sector undertakings to meaningfully invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives.

PGCI's Executive Director (Southern Region I) V. Sekhar, Additional GM-HR R. Subbalakshmi, CEO-SERP B. Rajasekhar and Director-Advocacy, SERP P. Jamuna were present.