Women should aspire to be leaders on par with men: Kiran Bedi

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Chennai, Mar 8 (UNI) Country's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi today termed the International Women's Day as a 'day of humanity', one which celebrates and symbolises everything about life.

Speaking at the 'International Women's Day' celebrations organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation here, she urged women to aspire for leadership on a par with men.

'Women have talent and leadership abilities. We just have to let them in and make them visible,'' the Magsaysay awardee said.

She urged Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to include incentives for corporates to encourage setting up day-care centres in offices, which would go a long way in helping women with little children.

Stating that there were women chauffeurs in Mumbai, she called upon women to take up such careers.

The retired IPS officer expressed her displeasure on a weekly magazine that published a list of 50 prominent personalities, but featured only two women among them, in its previous edition.

She gave away 'The Champion of Humanity' awards to Dr Shanta Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Dr Shanthi Ranganathan, Chairperson, T T Ranganathan Clinical Research Foundation.

She presented the 'Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur' award to Mallika Srinivasan, Director, TAFE Ltd.

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