Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, Sep 26, 2010
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



National
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Significance of gender issues highlighted

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The significance of gender issues and maternal health for Panchayati Raj institutions in the context of declining sex ratio was highlighted at a training programme conducted under a newly-launched project for strengthening gender response of panchayats here over the week-end.

The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) has initiated the three-year project in Rajasthan with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

PRIA State coordinator Krishan Tyagi said here that the training programme was addressed to the representatives of non-government organisations who would work among the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions and local communities to develop an understanding and concern on the gender issues.

During the four days of “training of trainers”, two days were devoted to gender issues and two to the Panchayati Raj system. It was pointed out that a gender-sensitive administration would play a significant role in all development initiatives, for which panchayats at the grassroots were the most important component. One of the major objectives of the development programmes is the establishment of maternal health and dignity of the girl child.The resource persons at the training were U.N. Development Programme expert Adesh Chaturvedi, Rural Health and Sanitation Committee convenor Vaidehi Agnihotri, Directorate of Medical and Health's social scientist Narain Paliwal, Centre for Advocacy and Research president Rakhi Badhwar, freelance consultant Kavita A. Verma and PRIA chief programme coordinator Neha Chaturvedi.During the two days devoted to the gender issues, subjects such as biological and social differences between man and woman, political and power equations, gender development and administration, declining sex ratio, maternal and reproductive health and the government service delivery system were discussed.

The resource persons pointed out that social changes in connection with the status of women had not been witnessed in Rajasthan on the expected lines even six decades after Independence and gender discrimination was still prevalent in the society. The secondary status given to women directly affects their health and physical and mental conditions.

The last two days assigned to the Panchayati Raj system witnessed lively discussions on the subjects of good governance, evolution of Panchayati Raj in the context of Rajasthan, 73 {+r} {+d} amendment to the Constitution, Rural Health and Sanitation Committee and its budgetary administration, untied funds and inter-departmental cooperation. The project was inaugurated in July this year by noted economist and Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Member Prof. V. S. Vyas.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



National

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2010, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu