Mysuru, March 13:- “To achieve equality, women need to take up a sustained campaign,” opined Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) K Jyothi.
After inaugurating the “March towards equal representation of women,” programme jointly organised by Organisation for the Development of People (ODP) and Mahilodaya Mahila Okkuta at St Philomena’s College (Autonomous) to mark International Women’s Day, she regretted that even after 100 years, women are unable to achieve equality and continue to face harassment, exploitation and violence in the society.”
“In a democratic set up, our Constitution has provided equal opportunity to women, but the poor and underprivileged are unable to achieve equality due to their social status,” said Jyothi and urged women to follow the path of women who have shown their worth in the past by breaking the barriers and who have become icons in our society.
“The successive governments have failed to address the issue of women’s injustice and everyone should question the government strongly and fight through women forums,” she added.
With regard to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, she advised people to choose a responsible and responsive person as a representative who can solve their problems.
Election officer Saraswathi demonstrated the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trial (VVPAT).
Former Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mysuru Rev Dr Thomas Anthony Vazhapilly, ODP director Rev Fr Stanley D’ Almeida, secretary of the Women’s Association of the Diocese of Mysuru Emily, Dr M S Sapna, assistant professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mysore, ODP president Vijayamba and GVSSMO president BM Anees and others were present.