Government of India scheme to protect women from economic slow down

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Seoul, June 26 (ANI): Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath has said that the Indian Government is making efforts to protect women from economic slow down and also enable them to uplift themselves.

Addressing the Plenary Session of 3rd East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial meeting at Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, the Minister said, " The Self help group movement is being strengthened further to mobilize more and more women for income generating activities with linkage to micro credit."

Speaking about the impact of economic crisis on women, on their health, nutritional level and their economic sustainability, Tirath said that Indian Government is committed to uplift women in every sphere of life and it is contemplating to increase reservation for women upto 50 per cent in local Government institutions, which is 33 per cent at the moment.

"A Bill to reserve one-third seats for women in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies is also under active contemplation, she added.

The Minister offered to the East Asian Countries for training in India in areas of gender budgeting, prevention of trafficking, self help group, micro finance and prevention of domestic violence.

She also met Minister of Gender Equality of Republic Korea and discussed the scope of collaboration between the countries in women related issues.

Tirath is participating for three-days in the Gender Equality meeting at Seoul. (ANI)

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