Mallika Sherawat discusses women’s rights at UN

Mallika Sherawat highlighted the sufferings of women in India at the 65th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference.

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations | Published:August 29, 2014 1:17 pm
Mallika Sherawat cited estimates by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Mallika Sherawat cited estimates by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat highlighted the sufferings of women in India at the 65th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, saying strong implementation of laws is required and men should be part of the solution to end discrimination against women.

“Every minute we do nothing, there is a woman suffering abuse in India. They do not have the luxury of time,” Sherawat said here at a roundtable discussion on ‘Fighting Inequalities – Economic, Social, Political and Environmental’ during the ongoing 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference.

The 39-year-old actress cited estimates by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) that said a woman is raped somewhere in India every 20 minutes and that India has a very high incidence of child brides.

She said “caste system, male-dominated patriarchal society and the insensitivity of the judicial system” contribute to a woman’s plight in India and strong laws are required to deal with atrocities against women.

“Strong implementation of the legal framework, having a strong judicial system that deals with issues sensitive to women” is the need of the hour, she added.

She said for India to realise its full potential, the women of the country have to be empowered and crucial problems of rape and child marriage have to be urgently addressed.

“India cannot realise its full potential if women do not rise along. Men have to part of the solution. We cannot leave men behind. Both men and women are in this together… This creates true empowerment when everyone gets an equal chance,” she said.

The roundtable brought together civil society members from across the world who discussed how inequalities can be arrested and reversed through effective advocacy and just public policies.

In addition, the discussion examined the need for participatory and robust accountability frameworks, including disaggregated targets, in all global partnerships.

The theme for this year’s conference, a joint effort between the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Executive Committee of NGOs associated with DPI, is ‘2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda’.

Civil society talked about the future global development agenda that will point the way forward on a range of issues such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and combating disease.

The conference would focus on areas of poverty eradication, sustainability, climate justice, human rights and partnerships and accountability frameworks.

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  1. A
    Aug 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    Even a 10th grade p out could have done a better job...Mallika does not have any new film signings or an alternative career path to save her from her failure in Bollywood!! Work on the street level instead of giving speeches...!
  2. G
    Aug 29, 2014 at 11:17 am
    Stupid woman
  3. G
    Dec 10, 2014 at 10:02 am
    Amazing to see an eloquent outspoken Indian woman who can bravely speak out against the very real atrocities and abuses against Indian women in the face of detractors (such as the deluded commenters in this thread). Abortions of female fetuses and honor killings are real and evident. They are evident in the UK amongst our own, very present and strong Indian communities, and there was even talk of banning parents from knowing the of the fetus before it is born. A nationwide law to protect a minority group. I for one would back this 100%. We know they happen, so saying it's a western conspiracy isn't fooling anyone. Ignoring the problem, or shouting Mallika down for addressing the issue will do nothing to change it and only worsens the perception of India abroad.
  4. M
    mona Rajput
    Aug 29, 2014 at 11:21 am
    India does not suffer from such problems anymore than UK, US, France, Germany, Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries do. This nasty woman is singling out India as per instructions from the that they can then use this as an excuse to make the Indian society and government look bad, and can fund more ngos that pretend to help the ficious victims