Gender equality can be attained only through shift in mindset of men, says Mr. Patil . “I am very happy and feel grateful to All India Association of Industries for felicitating our brave and committed lady police officers on this International Women’s Day. I am confident that this gesture will boost their morale and will also inspire other women officers as well. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Beijing Declaration on Gender Equality. In these years, significant progress has been made in passing legislations to prevent atrocities against women and promote women’s empowerment. However, real empowerment can happen only when men change their mindset towards women.” said Mr. Vishwas Nangre Patil, Joint Commissioner, Law and Order, Government of India at the Felicitation event to mark International Women’s Day 2021. The Felicitation event to honour Lady Police Officers was organized by All India Association of Industries (AIAI).
Mr. Patil informed that Government of Maharashtra has taken various measures to protect women against violence and discriminatory practices. Specifically, the police department of the state has formed Counselling Centres for women and Mahila Suraksha Samiti at every police station to expedite pending cases on offenses related to women.
Mr. Patil also emphasized the need for effective implementation of laws for preventing gender selection at birth, sexual harassment at workplace, child trafficking, molestation, rape, domestic violence and dowry deaths.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Rajiv Jalota, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, Government of India said, “Women have excelled in almost all fields of society and have proved biologically and physiologically stronger than men. Women are the CEOs in at least 45 Fortune 500 companies in the world. We have also seen how women in the police force played a role in enforcing COVID 19 guidelines at the ground level and brought the pandemic under control. These women have demonstrated their commitment to duty even at the cost of family responsibility and by risking their life. A few days ago, the Shipping Corporation of India made history by flagging off an oil tanker vessel, with all its 14 crew members women. These women have challenged gender stereotype and they serve as role model for other women in the society.”
Mr. Jalota emphasized on the need to attain gender equality even in rural areas, where women continue to face challenges in the form of child marriage, malnutrition and lack of access to education.
Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, President-All India Association of Industries (AIAI) said, “Women account for almost half of our population and hence their role in overall development is paramount. India needs to have greater participation of women in labour force, entrepreneurship and public administration to accelerate economic growth and development. However, reservation is not the only solution to empower women. AIAI and World Trade Center Mumbai have demonstrated women’s empowerment by having women in the leadership role. Other organizations should also provide equal opportunities for women in management, board room and at the factory floor. We need to ensure gender equality in business, academic, sports, entertainment, public administration and other fields.”
During the event, AIAI felicitated six lady police officers for their valuable contribution in controlling the spread of the pandemic in Maharashtra and also for their role in protecting law & order. The felicitated police officers are: Ms. Kalyani Deepak Kasode, Ms. Varsha Prabhakarrao Dhale, Ms. Shamal Arun Amle, Ms. Suvidha Suresh Pawar, Ms. Shubhangi Rajendra Kamble and Ms. Varsha Prakash Kakde.
Ms. Sangeeta Jain, Senior Director, AIAI delivered vote of thanks for the event
The event was attended by senior officials from various departments of the state government, women entrepreneurs and academicians.
From (L-R back row ): Ms. Sangeeta Jain-Senior Director, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) Mr. Vishwas Nangre Patil-Joint Commissioner, Law and Order, Mr. Rajiv Jalota-Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, Mr. Vijay Kalantri-President, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and Chairman World Trade Center Mumbai, Ms. Rupa Naik-Senior Director, World Trade Center, Mumbai, Mr. Somesh Batra-Vice Chairman , Ms Harshita Narvekar- Corporator with Lady officers and Constables – Ms. Kalyani Deepak Kasode, Ms. Varsha Prabhakar Rao, Ms.Shamal Arun Amle, Ms. Suvidha Suresh Pawar, Ms. Shubhangi Rajendra Kamble and Ms. Varsha Prakash Kakde at the felicitation ceremony organised by All India Association of Industries (AIAI)on the occasion of “International Women’s Day”