Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in association with MAEER’s MIT School of Government, Pune would be organising a ‘National Women’s Parliament -2017’ for three days from February 10 at Amaravati, the State’s permanent capital city.
All women Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of all States in the country, along with over 10,000 girl students from colleges of higher education would participate in the deliberations, AP Assembly Speaker K Sivaprasad told reporters here on Monday.
“Almost half of India’s young generation are women and though they are the largest democracy in the world, women in India find themselves under-represented and far-removed from decision making levels,” he said.
“Women face many political, socio-economic, ideological and psychological obstacles in undertaking leadership roles. There is a dire need to remove these obstacles…,” the Speaker said.
The National Women’s Parliament (NWP) would be a common and non-political platform for women from diverse background like politics, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts and culture, judiciary and young aspiring girl students to share their experiences and knowledge in the area of women’s social economic and political empowerment, he said.
Many eminent speakers are likely to participate in the event. They include Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu kyi, American businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates, Indra Nooyi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena, he said.
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dalai Lama, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini, sports personalities Sachin Tendulkar and PV Sindhu have confirmed their participation, he said.