The panelists highlighted the importance of bringing women issues to the forefront while drafting the manifesto
Bangalore, April 24, 2018: (WO)Manifesto, a panel discussion by women of different sectors was held with the aim to bring a change in policies for women. Along with a group of panelists, prominent members of political parties also discussed the importance of bringing women to play a greater role in Karnataka and the positive impact on the state. This discussion was held in order to convince political parties to include these measures in their manifesto. The session was moderated by Sandhya Mendonca a popular journalist, well-known writer and publisher in the city.
The panelists included Manisha Bhatt (Founder, M Square Networks), Dr. Nilima Kadambi (Colours of Life), Vishalakshi Padmanabhan (Founder-Buffalo Back), Arundhati Raja (Former Founder, Jagriti Theatre), Teresa Bhattacharya (Former Chief Secretary), Tristha Ramamurthy (Founder, Ekya Schools) and Nina Nayak (former Chairperson for Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights).
Smrthi Harits, BJP Manifesto Committee, Sowmya Reddy, INC Spokesperson and Shantala Damle, AAP Spokesperson represented their parties at the panel discussion.
Women in Karnataka need to play a larger role in governance, employment and scholarships in order to take the state and the country to greater heights. The aim of this event was to bring together the women from across Karnataka and to learn about the current legislation affecting women’s lives and to inspire new policy initiatives that will impact the future.
The panelists along with the women attending this event drafteda set of rules that they believe should be included in the manifesto, for the wellbeing and safety of women in the state. This would not only help empower women, but also provide a sense of support and encouragement for all those who believe that women have the strength to create a change for this world and make it a better and safer place to live in.