Electronic gadgets to guard women: Muneer

muneerGovernment is contemplating over the use of electronic gadgets to protect women, informed Panchayat and Social Justice Minister, M.K. Muneer. Government has received many proposals of electronic bangles, SIM cards which when triggered by women send SOS to the nearby police station or to Women Jagratha Samithis.
The efficacy of the product will be scrutinized on a pilot project.  Women will be enquired upon whether they are willing to take this forward. Nothing will be imposed upon them by force, the Minister assured. Muneer added that Kerala will be the first to implement the ‘NirbhayaFund’ proposed in the Union Budget. A sum of Rs.1, 000-crore has been allotted for the Nirbhaya fund, in honour of the Delhi gang-rape victim, to promote women's safety.
The state government is also considering mounting the number of working women’s hostels in the state with the aid of Central funds.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 07:33

Union Budget 2013: What it has for the women folk?

union-budget-2013-14--pardaphash-72705Union budget 2013-2014 has something refreshing for women folk. This women centric budget has many measures to ensure safety and growth of Indian women. The gender budget has Rs. 97,134 crore and the child budget has Rs. 77,236 crore in 2013-14. The overall budget of the WCD (Women & Child Development) ministry was also hiked by 10% in 2013-14 budget - to Rs. 20,440 crore from Rs. 18,584 crore in 2012-13.

As per the proposed budget the country is all set to get an all-women bank to support businesses run by women. Government is to infuse an initial capital of Rs 1000 crore to set up the country's first women bank. India will start its first bank exclusively for women by November. The finance minister also announced Rs.1, 000-crore Nirbhaya fund, in honour of the Delhi gang-rape victim, to promote women's safety.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 07:27

Rima Kallingal bags Kerala State Film Awards

rimakallingal upRima Kallingal bagged the best female actress award for  her outstanding performance in '22 Female Kottayam' and 'Nidra' at the State Film Awards for the year 2012 .An eight member jury chaired by I. V. Sasi viewed 84 movies shortlisted for the awards  . '22 F Kottayam'deals with the travails of a nurse  Tessa (Rima Kallingal),who was victimised for no fault of hers and who takes revenge on her tormentors in a rather unusual manner. Nidra is a Malayalam romantic thriller film directed by Siddharth Bharathan which narrates the sensuous love story of Raju (Siddharth) and Ashwathy (Rima Kallingal).

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 10:18

Vanitha Women of the year 2012: Rita Panicker

Rita Panicker Little Treasures at TEDxCh 80362801 thumbnailRita Panicker , who has been working for street children and working children at Delhi ,Andaman  and Uttarkhand through her organisation ‘butterflies’ has been adjudged as ‘Vanitha women of the year 2012’. Vanitha , an Indian magazine published fortnightly by the Malayala Manorama group instituted this award to acknowledge the work done by Malayali women to serve our society. The winner will be awarded with 1 lakh rupees cash prize. When Rita Panicker started her social work 24 years ago, many children were benefitted as they got notebooks and other stationery items for their education. From there onwards she tried her best to empower street and working children with skills and knowledge to protect their rights and to develop them as respected and productive citizens.
A native of Kollam, Rita Panicker was born to Achutan Kunjukrishna Panicker and G.Rugmini Panicker. Rita completed her graduation in English literature from Fathima Matha College, Kollam and her post graduation from Tata institute of social sciences. She also acquired post graduation in developmental studies from Holland Institute of social studies. She got married to Jerry Pinto (former UNICEF, Program officer). This couple decided not to have their own children and dedicated their whole life to serve the society.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 07:30

Women technology park in Kerala

pic kerala 22Women’s Technology Park ,proposed by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and environment (KSCSTE) gets a nod from the  Central Department of Science and Technology. The technology park aims to promote technology based entrepreneurship among women.
State science and technology department principal secretary and council executive vice-chairman V N Rajasekharan Pillai stated that the work of the park will be kickstarted by April this year.The proposed park will be on the lines of the Chennai Bio-tech Park and is aimed at women empowerment and improving their livelihood , said K R Lekha, scientist and head of the women science division of KSCSTE .
The Technology Park aims to promote women-friendly technologies and energy saving devices like solar cookers and smokeless chulahs.Pillai said the ministry of non-conventional energy sources would support women entrepreneurs in energy sector while value addition of traditional agriculture products through food processing, preservation and packing, floriculture and vermiculture-based women entrepreneurship will also form part of the project. The Women Technology Park is proposed at Puthenthopu  at an initial project cost of Rs 1.5 crore .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 08:28

Women’s health at risk !!!

medicalGynaecological problems among women in Kerala are on the rise especially because of lifestyle changes and job-oriented problems. In their busy routine women hardly find time to exercise and keep them fit, which has caused an increase in gynaecological problems among women, opines Dr V P Paily, senior obstetrician and president of Kerala Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Cases of endometriosis , a gynaecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity and polycystic ovary , a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones are up the ante. Such cases were miniscule a few years ago, but now they are found more among women in the upper socio- economic circles. Astonishingly 30% of pregnant women have obesity problems too.

Official data indicates that the MMR of Kerala is just 27. However, Kerala Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (KFOG) put the MMR of Kerala around 50 because a lot of maternal deaths do not get reported at all. The cases of C-sessions are also on the rise, especially because many people are not willing to wait.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 09:46

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