For the first time in the city, a state level workshop for women directors and Chief Executive officers (CEOs) of cooperative societies was held on Saturday.
Writer Dr Geetha Mahadevaprasad inaugurated the workshop organised by the Karnataka State Co-operative Urban Banks Federation. Delivering the inaugural address, she said, “Women have come a long way and at present, we can see women stepping into every field. For many centuries, women were treated as second citizens of the society. In many developed countries, women have equal opportunities as that of men but in India, the family circumstances, the culture have made women to restrict themselves from getting exposed to various fields. It is high time to look at without any gender discrimination. Women must understand that unity is strength and get associated with other women to actively participate in cooperative and other progressive movements.”
“Being educated must not be the ultimate goal for women. She must also understand that life is whole lot of adjustments and be strong to face any circumstances. In state, around 80,000 women have enrolled in various cooperatives. The number must grow more and workshops like this will create awareness and benefit more women,” she added.
Earlier, Deputy Director of Karnataka Police academy, Dr Dharani Devi Malagatti flagged off a rally organised as part of the workshop. Addressing the gathering, she said, “Women are good in management field and they are the most successful managers in the world. They get exposed to various management skills at home itself. As a mother she becomes good in decision making, learns financial management, and looks into earnings and expenditure of the family, thus becoming a skilled person in the management field. More women must come forward and get themselves involved in cooperative movements, get united to make more women stronger and progressive.”
President of Mysuru Zilla Mahila Sahakara Bank Dr M V Bhruhadamba, Vijayalakshmi Raghunandan, Director of the federation SBM Manju, President of Merchant cooperative bank Sumana, Vijayalakshmi and others were present.