LUCKNOW : Addressing a conference of a working group of 18 states and UTs on ‘Creating Enabling Ecosystem for Women’s Safety and Empowerment’, chief secretary DS Mishra said there is a need for inculcating values and morals among kids since childhood through school education and development of a gender-sensitive curriculum.
UP has been nominated as the lead state for this issue, one among 12 sub-themes which will be discussed at the second conference of chief secretaries in January 2023 in Delhi, which has an overarching theme of ‘Viksit Bharat-Reaching the Last Mile’. The learning and findings of Thursday’s brainstorming session will be presented before Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the conference.
Elaborating on the objective of the workshop, which was to discuss and deliberate upon issues, challenges, interventions and possible strategies for ensuring women’s safety and empowerment, the CS said: “India is targeting to become a developed nation by 2047.
Our progress will be incomplete if we neglect women who constitute 50% of the population. The workshop will focus on the best practical solutions that can be adopted to ensure women’s safety and empowerment. ”
The CS also shared UP’s experience with the anti-Romeo squad in reducing cases of eve-teasing and harassment of women and girls in public spaces. Dr Zakari Adam, chief of UNICEF’s field office in UP said while focusing on providing safety for women, it was also necessary to invest in children.
Indevar Pandey, secretary of the union ministry of women and child development proposed that more child marriage probation prohibition officers should be notified for better implementation of the Child Marriage Act.

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