“When women prosper, world prospers”, Says PM Modi at G20 Event
2 August, 2023 | Anamika Singh Parihar
PM Modi discussed how all Indian citizens, including women, have an equal right to vote and participate in elections under the country's constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 2 addressed the ongoing three-day G20 Ministerial Conference on Women Empowerment in Gandhinagar, Gujarat via a video message.
“When women prosper, the world prospers. Their economic empowerment fuels growth. Their access to education drives global progress. Their leadership fosters inclusivity. And, their voices inspire positive change. The most effective way to empower women is through a women-led development approach,” the PM Modi said, adding that the country was making new strides in this direction.
President Droupadi Murmu, in PM’s opinion, offers a powerful example in this area.
“Our President Shrimati Droupadi Murmu is a role model for us all. She is from a lowly tribal background but now commands the second-biggest military force in the world while leading the largest democracy in the world, according to PM Modi.
He also discussed how all Indian citizens, including women, have an equal right to vote and participate in elections under the country’s constitution.
“Women who have been elected to office have been important forces for social, environmental, and economic change. At 1.4 million, women make up 46% of the elected officials in India’s rural local bodies.
“During the pandemic, these Self-Help Groups and our elected women representatives emerged as pillars of support for our communities. They manufactured masks and sanitisers as well as raised awareness about spread of the pandemic. More than 80 per cent of nurses and midwives in India are women. They were our first line of defence during the pandemic. We are proud of their achievements,” PM Modi said.
He said that the rise in the number of women starting self-help groups is a potent force for transformation. He informed the audience of how these ladies produced masks and sanitizers while spreading knowledge about pandemic illness prevention.
Smriti Irani, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, is the chairperson of the Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment for the G20 Indian Presidency, which began in Gandhinagar on Wednesday and runs through Friday.
The G20 Ministerial Conference will provide a chance to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and the realisation of “Sustainable Dvelopment Goals”: Goal 5″ while concentrating on women-led development.
More than 150 delegates are expected to attend, representing G20 members, invited nations, and international organisations. Each delegation will be led by its own Head of Delegation.
Additionally, a side event will be organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN Women, and NIPCCD with assistance from the Ministry of Women and Child Development to identify the actions and policy levers in three key areas, including fiscal policies and tools for gender equality, the care economy, and the climate change challenge.