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Kamala Sarup: Women Rights Are Limited in Seminars

Women Rights Are Limited in Seminars

By Kamala Sarup

It is always nice to hear about women rights from women perspectives. And we also hope our seminars and workshops are educating and improving women's rights and hope women will never go hungry!

At the present time, we are also organizing the seminars to improve knowledge of women rights. I am pleased that the NGOs or government are organizing more seminars, so that the women discrimination will end. But I am never hopeful.

With respect to seminars, the outcome is always has been limited. Sometimes, If a compromise is reached, it will be many years before a new development program is passed by the Government or by the NGOs, INGos on women rights.

The seminars have been passed a many law that allow no women discrimination, no violence for them. Many seminars have also passed a version of law and regulations that permits a women development program for the poor women. If and when a compromise is reached, there may or may not be a women development program for women's rights. If a seminars program is approved by the government sometimes, there will still be several years of waiting, before women can be benefited.

Every Conferences and seminars on women rights have its own agenda. It is going to be up to the women leaders to figure out what should be done to protect women rights from discrimination. We should not forget only addressing the problems is not going to solving the problem. There may also be social issues amongst the seminars that must be sorted out for the greater good of the women rights.

Several programs and conference on women freedom or rights only demonstrate on the seminar paper the things that women or Government can do to help women and also seek ways to resolve the problem. In my opinion seminars should be ready in any way to help to women in real action. This help should not be on seminars only which will only aggravate the discrimination.

If seminars action programs come for developing women's health, education, employment that will indeed be good for women. But any seminars on women have shown no action in various sectors such as women involvement on social and development sectors. Women are seeking development, education and good health with human security. Still if conferences and seminars programs will benefit the women's economy by increasing the development projects under which the women can work.

People should not forget that a permanent program will also encourage women. The combined effect should result in improved income as well as wealth creation for women.

Even we agree that social organizations can play their part in achieving women's rights by keeping away from political factionalism of helping the women regardless of their race, beliefs and political affiliation. I do not know if that can be construed to be an equal part. Organizations are doing what they say they will do but I believe, actions speak louder than words.

It is always true that development work only will made women's administrative structures. Another aspect is the formulation and enforcement of regulations that make it possible to implement the policy.

Only organizing seminars on women rights is useless. The growing women violence is a threat. With the government doing so little to address this issue, women's threat will likely further cripple.


Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup ( Journalism) is an editor of

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