population size is the best way to ensuring women's empowerment
-- Meenakshi Lekhi
(2017 World Women's Empowerment Summit Inaugurated on 11 July
New Delhi, 11 July 2017
Inaugurating the 2017 World Women's Empowerment Summit organized
by the Women's Agency for Generating Employment (WAGE) at India
International Centre, New Delhi, the Member of Parliament (Lok
Sabha), Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi stressed the need for controlling
population explosion with a view to ensuring the empowerment and
overall integrated development of women. She said that women
from time immemorial in our country have been fully empowered.
They get their power and energy from within explaining the role
of society in women's empowerment she added that the best
society is one which respects women.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi lighting the lamp in the presence
His Holiness Swami Onkaranand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of
Prayag Peet, Dr. P R Trivedi, Dr. Tanuja Trivedi and
Dr. Utkarsh Sharma to mark the inauguration of the
World Women's Empowerment Summit on 11 July 2017.
Highlighting the importance of population education, she thanked
the Women's Agency for Generating Employment (WAGE) for
organizing this Summit on the auspicious occasion of the United
Nations World Population Day. She called upon the delegates
including the Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Diplomats,
Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors,
Principals, NGO Activists and Students to ensure that nobody
produces more than two children.
Discussing the population scenario in our country, she predicted
that by 2024, India will lead the world in population size which
is very much alarming. She cited the examples of Bangladesh as
well as Sri Lanka where the Government and the Public have
joined hands for having a stable population. She hoped that the
Indian Citizenry and the Indian Government come together for
controlling and maintaining the population size for ensuring the
optimal and sustainable growth.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi releasing the Book titled
"Delhi : Past, Present and Future" on 11 July 2017.
Elaborating the difference between empowerment and
disempowerment, she said that producing more children is a
matter of disempowering the women. She advised the men to be
responsible persons for taking care of the mass movement for
mitigating the disastrous effects of population growth.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi delivering her inaugural speech
on Women's Empowerment on the occasion of the World
Population Day Celebrations at New Delhi on 11 July 2017.
Discussing the benefits of Aadhar, she advocated for its wider
use and that all benefits for those who have and will have only
two children or one child should be linked with Aadhar and that
those having more children should be debarred from all subsidies
and benefits for enabling them to have attitudinal and
behavioural change at the earliest.
Finally she asked all the female population to participate in
the developmental plans including disaster education and
management, clean India campaign, environmental protection,
ecological tourism and ecofeminism.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi being felicitated by His Holiness
Swami Onkaranand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Prayag Peeth
at India International Centre, New Delhi on 11 July during the
Women's Empowerment Summit organized by Dr. Tanuja Trivedi.
At the outfits the Director of WAGE Dr. Tanuja Trivedi welcomed
the delegates attending the Summit and advised them to get
associated with the Women's Agency for Generating Employment
(WAGE) through a networking approach and for optimizing the
available resources available for women's developmental programmes.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi receiving the Best Woman
Parliamentarian of the Year Award jointly instituted by
the International Association of Educators for World Peace
(Affiliated to ECOSOC, UN) and WAGE on 11 July 2017.
While blessing and patronizing the delegates, the Shankaracharya
of Prayag Peeth, His Holiness Swami Onkaranand Saraswati asked
the men and women to joined hands to ensure that there is no
crime or violence against women. He wished that ethical and
valued added education be introduced in all the schools,
colleges and universities for having a depolluted and cleaner
mind of the young boys and girls.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi releasing the Book "Women,
Environment, Cleanliness and Nursing" in the presence of
Dr. P R Trivedi, Mr. Manish K. Shekhar, Dr. Utkarsh Sharma
and Dr. Tanuja Trivedi on 11 July 2017 at New Delhi.
While delivering his Presidential Speech, the President and
Plenipotentiary of the Confederation of Indian Univesities (CIU)
and the Founder Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi Technological
and Medical Sciences University, Arunachal Pradesh and The
Global Open University Nagaland, Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi
announced the publication of the 50 Volume World Encyclopaedia
of Women's Empowerment.
More than 15 Books were released by the Chief Guest Smt.
Meenakshi Lekhi and the Chancellors, Vice Chancellors,
Ambassadors and High Commissioners. Important among them were
"Delhi : Past, Present and Future", "Women, Cleanliness,
Environment and Nursing" besides other publications on women's
health, education, rights, duties, empowerment etc.
Others who presented their expert views included H.E. Deep Kumar
Upadhyay, Ambassador of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik,
Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Augusto Montiel,
Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Boureima
Souleymane, Embassy of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Samwill
Dandagui, Embassy of Benin,
Paula Napeyok, High Commissioner of Uganda, H.E.
Ambassador Mrs. Queen Imaria Worlu, High Commissioner of
Many individuals and organizations were felicitated for their
outstanding contribution in the area of Women's Empowerment.
The Women's Agency for Generating Employment (WAGE) is the only
organization in the world dedicated for ensuring trained women
to finally become job givers rather than job seekers.
Hon'ble Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi with the Team Members of
the Women's Agency for Generating Employment (WAGE)
on the occasion of the World Women's Empowerment
Summit on 11 July 2017 at New Delhi.
Other activities of WAGE is to design and implement action
programmes for women having social, cultural, environmental,
scientific, economic and positive contents for the optimum
development of female population.
WAGE has fraternal relationship with the World of Women (WoW),
an International Charity jointly sponsored by the International
Association of Educators for World Peace (Affiliated to United
Nations, ECOSOC, DPI, UNESCO, UNICEF), Lama Gangchen World Peace
Foundation (Affiliated to DPI, United Nations) and the World
Institution Building Programme (WIBP).
World women's empowerment summit to be held at new delhi
on 11 july 2017
New Delhi, 28 April 2017
Dr. Tanuja Trivedi, Director, Women's Agency for Generating
Employment (WAGE), an International Organization dedicated for
the cause of Women's Empowerment, while addressing the Press and
Media, announced that the World Women's Empowerment Summit 2017
will be held at India International Centre, 40 Lodi Estate, New
Delhi on the occasion of the World Women's Empowerment Day
coinciding with the World Population Day on 11th July
Dr. Tanuja Trivedi, Director, WAGE
She further added that all the 875+ Universities of India have
been invited to get benefited by participating in this important
Summit. The 50 Volume World Encyclopaedia of Women's Development
will also be presented to the selected Colleges and Universities
contemplating to research on women's issues, she further added.
Explaining about the Women's Empowerment she said that womens'
empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion in
development and economics. It can also point to approaches
regarding other trivialized genders in a particular political or
Women's economic empowerment refers to the ability for women to
enjoy their rights to control and benefit from resources,
assets, income and their own time, as well as the ability to
manage risk and improve their economic status and wellbeing.
While often interchangeably used, the more comprehensive concept
of gender empowerment refers to people of any gender, stressing
the distinction between biological sex and gender as a role. It
thereby also refers to other marginalized genders in a
particular political or social context.
Dr. Tanuja Trivedi participating in the Press Conference
announcing the World Women's Empowerment Day.
Discussing about the methodology for enabling women to get
empowered, she explained that land rights offer a key way to
economically empower women, giving them the confidence they need
to tackle gender inequalities. Often, women in developing
nations are legally restricted from their land on the sole basis
of gender. Having a right to their land gives women a sort of
bargaining power that they wouldn't normally have; in turn, they
gain the ability to assert themselves in various aspects of
their life, both in and outside of the home.
Another way to provide women empowerment is to allocate
responsibilities to them that normally belong to men. When women
have economic empowerment, it is a way for others to see them as
equal members of society. Through this, they achieve more
self-respect and confidence by their contributions to their
communities. Simply including women as a part of a community can
have sweeping positive effects.
Women were given a place in a forest conservation group. Not
only did this drive up the efficiency of the group, but the
women gained incredible self-esteem while others, including men,
viewed them with more respect. Participation, which can be seen
and gained in a variety of ways, has been argued to be the most
beneficial form of gender empowerment. Political participation,
be it the ability to vote and voice opinions, or the ability to
run for office with a fair chance of being elected, plays a huge
role in the empowerment of women.
However, participation is not limited to the realm of politics.
It can include participation in the household, in schools, and
the ability to make choices for oneself. It can be said that
this latter participation need to be achieved before one can
move onto broader political participation. When women have the
agency to do what they want, a higher equality between men and
women is established. It is argued that microcredit also offers
a way to provide empowerment for women. Governments,
organizations, and individuals have caught hold of the lure of
microfinance. They hope that lending money and credit allows
women to function in business and society, which in turn
empowers them to do more in their communities.
One of the primary goals in the foundation of microfinance was
women empowerment. Loans with low interest rates are given to
women in developing communities in hopes that they can start a
small business and provide for their families. It should be
said, however, that the success and efficiency of microcredit
and microloans is controversial and constantly debated.
Further examining the use of internet as a tool to empower
women, Dr. Tanuja Trivedi observed that the growing access of
the web in the late 20th century has allowed women to
empower themselves by using various tools on the Internet. With
the introduction of the World Wide Web, women have begun to use
social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for online
activism. Through online activism, women are able to empower
themselves by organizing campaigns and voicing their opinions
for equality rights without feeling oppressed by members of
society. For example, on May 29, 2013, an online campaign
started by 100 female advocates forced the leading social
networking website, Facebook, to take down various pages that
spread hatred about women.
In recent years, blogging has also become a powerful tool for
the educational empowerment of women. According to a study done
by the University of California, Los Angeles, medical patients
who read and write about their disease are often in a much
happier mood and more knowledgeable than those who do not. By
reading others' experiences, patients can better educate
themselves and apply strategies that their fellow bloggers
With the easy accessibility and affordability of e-learning
(electronic learning), women can now study from the comfort of
their homes. By empowering themselves educationally through new
technologies like e-learning, women are also learning new skills
that will come in handy in today's advancing globalized world.
Getting worried about the barriers to women's empowerment, she
noted that many of the barriers to women's empowerment and
equity lie ingrained in cultural norms. Many women feel these
pressures, while others have become accustomed to being treated
inferior to men. Even if men, Legislators, NGOs, etc. are aware
of the benefits women's empowerment and participation can have,
many are scared of disrupting the status quo and continue to let
societal norms get in the way of development.
Research shows that the increasing access to the internet can
also result in an increased exploitation of women. Releasing
personal information on websites has put some women's personal
safety at risk. In 2010, Working to Halt Online Abuse stated
that 73% of women were victimized through such sites. Types of
victimization include cyber stalking, harassment, online
pornography, and flaming. Sexual harassment in particular is a
large barrier for women in the workplace. It appears in almost
all industries, but is most notable in the following: business,
trade, banking and finance, sales and marketing, hospitality,
civil service, and education, lecturing and teaching According
to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), sexual
harassment is a clear form of gender discrimination based on
sex, a manifestation of unequal power relations between men and
Furthermore, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is urging for increased
measures of protection for women against sexual harassment and
violence in the workplace. 54% (272) had experienced some form
of workplace sexual harassment. 79% of the victims are women;
21% were men.
Recent studies also show that women face more barriers in the
workplace than do men. Gender-related barriers involve sexual
harassment, unfair hiring practices, career progression, and
unequal pay where women are paid less than men are for
performing the same job. When taking the median earnings of men
and women who worked full-time, year-round, government data from
2014 showed that women made $0.79 for every dollar a man earned.
The average earnings for working mothers came out to even
less-$0.71 for every dollar a father made, according to a 2014
study conducted by the National Partnership for Women and
Children. While much of the public discussion of the "wage gap"
has focused around women getting equal pay for the same work as
their male peers, many women struggle with what is called the
"pregnancy penalty." The main problem is that it is difficult to
measure, but some experts say that the possibility of having a
baby can be enough for employers to push women back from their
line. Therefore, women are put in a position where they need to
make the decision of whether to maintain in the workforce or
have children. This problem has sparked the debate over
maternity leave in the United States.
However, despite the struggle for equal pay in the United
States, the tech industry has made progress in helping to
encourage equal pay across gender. In March 2016, tech career
website Dice released a study of more than 16,000 tech
professionals that found that when you compare equivalent
education, experience and position, there is no pay gap-and
hasn't been for the last six years. This new industry is paving
a way for other companies to do the same. However, this industry
also struggles to employ women in executive positions. This is
partially due to the barrier of sexual harassment and pregnancy
that was aforementioned.
Such barriers make it difficult for women to advance in their
workplace or receive fair compensation for the work they
Elucidating about the measurement whether women are getting
empowered she further observed that women empowerment can be
measured through the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM), which
shows women's participation in a given nation, both politically
and economically. GEM is calculated by tracking "the share of
seats in parliament held by women; of female legislators, senior
officials and managers; and of female profession and technical
workers; and the gender disparity in earned income, reflecting
economic independence." It then ranks countries given this
information. Other measures that take into account the
importance of female participation and equality include: the
Gender Parity Index and the Gender-related Development Index.
Participating in the interactive meet for explaining the
importance of women, she commented that entire nations,
businesses, communities and groups can benefit from the
implementation of programs and policies that adopt the notion of
women empowerment. Empowerment is one of the main procedural
concerns when addressing human rights and development. The Human
Development and Capabilities Approach, the Millennium
Development Goals, and other credible approaches/goals point to
empowerment and participation as a necessary step if a country
is to overcome the obstacles associated with poverty and
Sharing her knowledge and experience regarding economic benefits
reaching women, she opined that the most women across the globe
rely on the informal work sector for an income. If women were
empowered to do more and be more, the possibility for economic
growth becomes apparent. Empowering women in developing
countries is essential to reduce global poverty since women
represent most of the world's poor population. Eliminating a
significant part of a nation's work force on the sole basis of
gender can have detrimental effects on the economy of that
nation. In addition, female participation in counsels, groups,
and businesses is seen to increase efficiency.
For a general idea on how an empowered woman can impact the
economy, a study of Fortune 500 companies found that "those with
more women board directors had significantly higher financial
returns, including 53 per cent higher returns on equity, 42 per
cent higher returns on sales and 67 per cent higher returns on
invested capital (OECD, 2008)." This study shows the impact
women can have on the overall economic benefits of a company. If
implemented on a global scale, the inclusion of women in the
formal workforce (like a Fortune 500 company) can increase the
economic output of a nation. Therefore, women can also help
businesses grow and economies prosper if they have, and if they
are able to use, the right knowledge and skills in their
Dr. Tanuja Trivedi, in her capacity as the Convener of the World
Women's Empowerment Summit 2017 invited the Vice Chancellors of
all Universities, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of all
countries, Principals of Colleges and Schools to participate in
this Summit by also nominating experts who have contributed in
the respective areas of women's empowerment, for getting
felicitated in the inaugural and in the valedictory sessions at
9.30 am and 2 pm respectively on 11th July 2017 at
India International Centre, 40 Lodi Estate, New Delhi.
She also encouraged the Central and the State Government
Ministries and Departments besides all the educational outfit in
the country to contact her through email : [email protected]
or another email : [email protected]
She also advised the aspiring delegates to contact her by
writing letters by post to the Director, Women's Agency for
Generating Employment (WAGE), A 42-43, Paryavaran Complex, South
of Saket, New Delhi-110030.
Finally, she displayed the titles of the World Encyclopaedia of
Women's Development running into 50 Volumes as given below :
world encyclopaedia of women's development
Volume 1 Women Today
Volume 2 Feminist Theology
Volume 3 Feminine Psychology
Volume 4 History of Feminism
Volume 5 Feminist Theories
Volume 6 Introduction to Women's Studies
Volume 7 Women : Past and Present
Volume 8 Status of Women
Volume 9 Women's Education
Volume 10 Crime Against Women
Volume 11 Violence Against Women
Volume 12 Women : Family, Marriage and Social Operation
Volume 13 Women's Development
Volume 14 Women : Gendering Work, Feminism and Postmodernism
Volume 15 Women's Welfare
Volume 16 Women's Health
Volume 17 Women : Fertility, Contraception and Family Planning
Volume 18 Women's Issues
Volume 19 Policies, Programmes and Commission on Women
Volume 20 Women's Challenges
Volume 21 Contemporary Women's Studies
Volume 22 Women's Empowerment
Volume 23 Women and Entrepreneurship
Volume 24 Women in Politics
Volume 25 Equitable Development for Women
Volume 26 Women in North East India
Volume 27 Gender Sensitisation
Volume 28 Economic Development of Women
Volume 29 Political Socialisation of Women
Volume 30 Indian Women Writing in English
Volume 31 Women and Religion
Volume 32 Exploitation of Women
Volume 33 Women Rights and Duties
Volume 34 Women's Movements in India
Volume 35 Women's Equality and Development
Volume 36 Women and Law
Volume 37 Women and Employment
Volume 38 Women and Social Change
Volume 39 Working Women
Volume 40 Future of Women
Volume 41 Women and Rural Development
Volume 42 Domestic Women Workers
Volume 43 Indian Women and Globalisation
Volume 44 Tribal Women and Society
Volume 45 Women in India
Volume 46 Substance Use Among Women
Volume 47 Women and Advertising
Volume 48 Women and Agriculture
Volume 49 Feminist Economics
Volume 50 Ecofeminism
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