Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Women are fighting big battles: Aroon Purie

Prachi Rege

At the 3rd India Today Woman Summit, Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of The India Today Group, in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests attending the summit. He said that it is a different energy every year to attend and organize the Summit. He also added that women are special - they are caring, warm and emotional in their approach to everything in life.

Speaking of a new decade which can be easily dedicated to woman empowerment, he pointed out the achievements of women in different fields. "Women are fighting battles both big and small stepping out of their houses and joining the workforce," he said.

Mr Purie touched upon the high points in women empowerment in previous year. "This is a year when women from small towns have made their mark in sports by winning medals at International sporting events," he said. He also referred to the large number of women being elected to the Assembly in Bihar. It is because of such achievement that this Summit is about 'Changing the Game'.

Mr Purie said that the society which acknowledges women's role at home is coming to terms to acknowledge their role in the workplace. Inspite of these advancements, there are still places where the society is still lacking in some ways. While the Supreme Court recognized live-in relationships as legal the women in such relationships are still considered keeps and cannot make financial claims if the relationships break. Honour killings, gender gap and reservation in the Lok Sabha are still the areas which need to be looked upon. He ended his welcome speech by saying that he believes that our society will solve these problems and further empower its women.

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