Mysore, Mar. 29 (KCU&KK)- More than two thousand women drawn from various women’s groups in the district are participating in the day-long International Women’s Day celebrations at the Sahakara Bhavan premises on Chamaraja Double Road in city today.

The celebration, which includes an exhibition-cum-sale, has been jointly organised by the District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Women and Child Welfare Department, Karnataka State Women’s Development Corporation and Karnataka State Women’s Commission.

Leader of the Opposition and MLA Siddharamaiah, who inaugurated the programme and the expo, regretted that the society was still male-dominant with rampant gender bias.

"Women's reservation bill would be a boon and the long struggle of women would see the light soon. Women have proved strong socially, politically, culturally and economically but they should develop an awareness to comprehend the ills of the system. Despite women having proved themselves in every sector, the evil habit of female foeticide continuing is a very distressing factor. Women should take an oath not to resort to foeticide on any count," he advised.

Deputy Mayor Sharadamma ZP Vice-President Nandini Chandrashekhar, Women and Child Welfare Department Deputy Director Vijay, Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chairman B.P. Manjunath and others were present.

An expo featuring about 40 stalls displaying and selling products made by members of Women's Self Help Groups (SHGs) was an added attraction.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore