Campaign to abolish use of ‘widow’ word begins

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Mar 2017 11:49:03

Staff Reporter,

Minister Archana Chitnis’s initiative on International Women’s Day

In a state-level programme held on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Minister for Women and Child Development Archana Chitnis said that there is a need to abolish custom of word ‘widow’ prevailing in the society for women’s empowerment and positive image. Chitnis, in the presence of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said that the State Government is constantly active in the leadership of the Chief Minister for women empowerment. Widow word indicates weak image and helplessness of women. She urged CM Chouhan to take initiative beginning from state level to abolish use of word widow for improvement in image and to build complete image full of confidence.

Chitnis said that in the way Union Government has started use of ‘Divyang’ word, similarly positive word should be used for widows. Chitnis informed about works carried out towards women empowerment, women health and women’ self-reliance. Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasaran Sharma, Deputy Speaker Assembly Rajendra Singh, Minister of State Lalita Yadav and Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh were present in the programme.

Chief Minister Chouhan on the occasion said that number of girl child in rural areas is more than that of in urban area and people in rural and backward areas are more careful about the girl child. CM also said that the society must get rid of use of alcohol and other such things because it is major cause of crime against women in the society.

Exhibition focusing nutrition awareness was organised on the occasion. Food items consisting proteins and nutrition elements prepared from economical material available at local level were exhibited. Delicious snacks, shrikhand made from soybean and stalls having children’s favourite items were put up by the Agriculture Engineering Institute-Bhopal. Similarly, biscuits made by Surjana, Anwla chips, syrup of Ber and Adrak (Plum and Ginger), Pudi of Mahua, Juice, Pickles, Munga Barfi, Gujhiya, Pakoda and herbal colours prepared by Tesu, Turmeric and Sindoor were made available in the exhibition for sale by Agriculture Science Centers. Also pictures of eminent women personalities and information about them exhibited in the exhibition.