New Delhi. “When we appreciate a successful woman who gets out of the house, we should not ignore a woman who chooses to stay at home with her own free will. These women also contribute to the development of the country,” said Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, while delivering the Friday Dialogue in the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Director-General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi was also present.
Expressing her views on Women Power in Democracy, the Union Minister said, 'Whenever we talk about women power in a democracy, it is generally about women in Parliament. We forget those who are working in different domains.'
Sharing real-life incidents, Smriti Irani said: “I was raised in Gurugram, Haryana. At that time, if I had said that a girl born in a barn would cover the distance of twenty kilometres from Gurugram to Delhi in forty-years, people would have laughed at me. But I was confident that my reason, passion, and aspiration could overcome a city boundary. I never saw the difficulties as an obstacle. I saw them as a creative opportunity to find a solution.”
The Union Minister address was interactive, and she welcomed questions from the students. The Union Minister said equality means that every woman should have the right to choose how she wants to live her life. A woman Sarpanch has similar importance in Indian politics as a woman Chief Minister.
On International Women's Day, Smriti Irani said there is no justification for honouring women on only one day. She has to face new challenges every day. Therefore, women are entitled to get respect every day.
Director-General of IIMC Prof. Sanjay Dwivedi said a woman is the form of power. Prof. Dwivedi said that in the New Education Policy, the entire focus of the government is that girls should get equal education opportunities. Prof. Sangeeta Pranvendra, HoD, Social Media and IT, moderated the programme.