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Mumbai: ‘Women should strive for right to work and wages’

The two-day conclave to commemorate International Women’s Day concluded on Thursday.

International Women’s Day, mumbai International Women’s Day, loksatta, mumbai loksatta, Badalta Maharashtra conclave, event by loksatta mumbai, mumbai news Vidya Chavan, Medha Patkar, Praniti Shinde and Medha Kulkarni at the Badalta Maharashtra event.

Social worker Medha Patkar said Thursday the right to work and wages should take higher priority than reservation for women in the Legislative Assembly and in Parliament. “A woman is neither a ‘goddess’ nor a ‘dasi’ (slave). She should be accorded the right to dignity as a human being,” she said.

Patkar was speaking at the Badalta Maharashtra conclave organised by Loksatta in Mumbai.

The two-day conclave to commemorate International Women’s Day concluded on Thursday.

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She said, “Even if reservation is given to women, what needs to reflected is whether she will have a greater role in policy making, or does she have to compromise her own principles and values under pressure be it politics, domestic or society.”

BJP MLA Medha Kulkarni, who also spoke on the occasion, said, “While women have greater participation in local bodies elections, often she is representing someone’s daughter, wife or sister. Time has come to display our own strength through work and prove our merit.”

Expressing concerns over money power in politics, NCP MLC Vidhya Chavan said, “Politics is not dirty for women. Women from ordinary family should also join politics. But it is a fact that it is a struggle to get an election ticket and get elected. The role of money in politics is worrying.”

Congress MLA Pranati Shinde appealed to all women to join hands to fight crime against women.

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“The political barriers often make it difficult for women to join hands for a common cause. But I believe irrespective of party and ideologies we should often come together to fight the atrocities against women and register complaints with the police. Women will bring the change, irrespective of the party in power,” she said.

First published on: 11-03-2016 at 03:51 IST
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