Union Minister Smriti Irani said that women should not wait for the support of others, but they should empower themselves by taking technology into their own hands. The Women and Child Development Minister stressed the need for women to be more self-aware. She was speaking at the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Forum of India here. Irani said the main problem in India is that we look at gender equality differently. If we really want to change the situation, we have to change our attitude. We have to break the barriers of previous assumptions. We have to develop a progressive approach.
Today women are leading in gram panchayats. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), our country is ranked 48th on the Women's Empowerment Index (WEI). Describing technology as a great enabler, Irani said that women should not wait for help from others, but should empower themselves with technology in their hands. Giving information about the government's schemes for women, Irani said that two crore houses have been allotted to women candidates under the government's housing scheme. He said that out of the four crore people trained in IT under the Disha scheme, 58 percent were women candidates.
Talking about the safety of girls and women, Irani said that the government has set up one-stop centers in more than 700 districts, for which awareness needs to be raised. He said that about seven crore self-help groups have been enabled with an investment of Rs 480 crore.