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President Pranab Mukherjee presents Nari Shakti Puraskar awards

President Pranab Mukherjee presented Nari Shakti Puruskars for the year 2015 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today on the occasion of International Women’s Day to eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said we must remind ourselves most emphatically and as often as we can, that every member of our society male or female has, equally, the right to live in security, peace and dignity. “It is intolerable that in this day and age, women are still being exposed to barbaric brutality and violence because they are women. Violence or fear of violence reduces the freedom and development of everyone, particularly our women and children. But more than that, it diminishes our society when it allows such inhuman treatment of its women rather than guarantee their safety, security and equal rights” he observed.

Mr Mukherjee called upon Governments, civil society and public at large to pledge to work together for developing relevant legal, administrative and other measures to ensure the safety and security of our mothers and sisters.

President further said “ the mind sets of our people must evolve. They must realise that it is in society’s own interest to create the conditions for their women to freely exercise choices at home and in the workplace without restrictions or fear. Gender equality is a key driver for inclusive economic growth and social progression.”

Mr. Mukherjee said improving women’s health raises productivity within families and communities and sets the standards for future generations.

President observed that community programmes for efficient implementation of Government policy have proven to be among the best instruments for the broadest outreach. He expressed confidence that the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme will be successful in addressing malnutrition, maternal mortality and bridging gaps to improve the status of women in our society.

President Pranab

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