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Women empowerment cornerstone of NC ideology: NC

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference today said women’s political participation besides being a human right, is also a key to thriving democracy and the Party has traditionally and frontally worked to end gender bias.

While addressing a meeting of party’s Women’s Wing Functionaries including party’s women DDC members, Party’s State Women’s Wing President, Shameema Firdous, asserted the cornerstone of the development programme of the party is to empower the women of J&K saying that whenever the party was in power implementing gender-neutral, youth-focused policies and programs have topped its to-do-list.

On the occasion, Shameema said that it was Sher-e-Kashmir who brought women of Jammu and Kashmir into the political discourse and sought to question their silence. “It was NC that took upon itself to change the fate of women of J&K under its revolutionary Naya Kashmir manifesto. In the later decades also, whenever NC was in power, it left no stone unturned to transform its vision of empowering women into reality. It was Madre Meharban, who used education as a fundamental tool to bring about change in the attitude of women on the line of the vision enshrined in Naya Kashmir document,” she added.

Er. Sabiya Qadri in his address to the functionaries said that the contemporary women of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering from more predictable issues as a result of conflict, household violence, dowry, destitution, poverty and unemployment. “There has been no headway towards bolstering the socio, economic and political prospects of women since 2015. The successive governments since 2015 claimed much as an act of tokenism but on the ground, nothing was done to mitigate the suffering of women,” she said.

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