Rajeshree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre inaugurates the 1st edition of Lokmat Women Summit in Pune.
August 5, 2011:
Encouraging women to realise their full potential is the crying need of today! With this in view, Lokmat Women Summit 2011, the pioneering step by ‘Lokmat Media Limited’ held in Pune on 31st July, discussed various issues related to women in their day-long seminar from women's empowerment, current educational set-up and gender imbalance. The summit was inaugurated by Rajeshree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development and Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director & Editorial Director, Lokmat Media Ltd.
Lokmat Media Ltd. bestowed the trail-blazers with Lokmat Sakhi Gaurav Awards to six illustrious women achievers for their stupendous work in their respective fields. They include Marathi actor Tejaswini Pandit (art and culture), Shubhada Kamalapurkar (education), Vanita Gunjal (entrepreneur and business), Soumya Swaminathan (sports), Sanskriti Menon (social sector) and Dr. Maya Tuplule (medicine).
Rishi Darda, Joint MD & Editorial Director, Lokmat Media said, “It was a great pleasure to have eminent personalities as part of our first initiative to empower women. It is our constant endeavour to raise the status of women in Maharashtra. With encouraging response from audience and distinguished panellist, we are confident to make a difference in the society with Lokmat Women Summit. Lokmat Media Limited would continue this effort in future as well and take the effort beyond the state's boundaries to national level.”
Speaking on the occasion, Rajeshree Birla said, “Many women have struggled and worked for the empowerment of women and rendered help in building the nation. There are many women at present who are fighting for the uplift of women.” She continued saying “We must not get dejected by failure, but make use of it as a stepping stone to success.”
Maharashtra Women & Child Development Minister, Varsha Gaikwad claimed, “The State had played a leading role in undertaking reforms for improving the plight of women in the state. Government has reserved seats for women in local self-governments. I am proud that our state has taken a lead on issues relating to women.”
India has been the raising ground for heroic women like Rani Laxmibai and Savitribai Phule to contemporary women like Smt. Pratibha Patil to Magsaysay award winner of 2011 Neelima Mishra. Yet, State of women in the era of globalisation is deplorable. 1/3rd of the total population in India are living in abject poverty, bereft of basic needs like potable drinking water, two square meals a day, shelter, health care facilities and education. Lokmat Women Summit urged women to come forward and extend active support in strengthening their fellow women.
Lokmat Women Summit also saw participation from notable speakers like Dr. Kiran Bedi - First woman IPS Officer of India & Social Activist, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar – Principal-Director, Symbiosis Society, Rashmi Bansal - Renowned Author & Entrepreneur, Advocate Jayshree Satpute - Noted Human Rights Activist and member of White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood, Abha M Banerjee - First Woman Motivational Speaker of India, Sucheta Shah – Chairperson – FICCI FLO, Mumbai Chapter, Veena Patil – Managing Director – Kesari Tours & Travels, Shailesh Lodha – Famous actor, writer, poet & anchor, Dr. Swati Lodha – Educationist, Author & Management Guru.
The success of LWS 2011 lies in its endeavor to bridge the growing disparity between men and women in this modern era by showcasing the successful present and ever more promising future for women in India.