Government. willing to draft policies for its promotion, says minister
Health Minister KK Shylaja on Thursday stressed the need for a better ecosystem for the empowerment of women and said the state government is ready to develop a clear policy to promote social entrepreneurship in Kerala.
Social entrepreneurship is an approach where individuals, groups, or companies implement solutions to social or environmental problems, where profit is not the main goal of the business.
The minister opened the three-day international conference on gender equality (ICGE) in the Gender Park in Kozhikode and said the opinion of stakeholders and the public was crucial in the preparation of the draft directive. “The whole world is now discussing social entrepreneurship and its role in achieving the goal of empowering women. It can really create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs and address the unemployment crisis, ”said Ms. Shylaja.
In their view, the government’s attention in developing such a policy would be the possibility of covering the maximum number of families under this policy. “Efforts should be made to protect vulnerable groups and families. We are open to suggestions from all sectors to help prepare the draft directive, ”she said.
The minister praised the great role that Gender Park plays in the empowerment of women and said efforts are under way to establish it as the regional center of the United Nations Unity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) for India, Bhutan and the Maldives. The Gender Park will soon have an exclusive research center for women, which Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the foundation stone for on February 14, she added.
Aishwarya Rutuparna Pradhan, India’s first transgender bureaucrat, said at the meeting that the Kerala model of transgender welfare policy could be an acceptable model for the rest of India. “Transgender people should get social acceptance. There should be better gender sensitivity in all sectors and people should be treated equally by the mainstream regardless of their gender, ”she said.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat practically responded to the event, saying that the cultural empowerment of women is also vital to the process of sustainable development and gender equality. “Empowering women with market relationships and strategies alone cannot be the only focus. Without cultural empowerment or self-mobilization, it will be impossible to overcome these cultural barriers, ”she stated.
A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, chaired the event, which is run as a climate neutral event. On the opening day, three plenary sessions were held with international delegates present online. The event would end on February 13th.
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