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Empowered Women – is society ready?

NZICA Annual Women’s Conference 2019 organized by the New Zealand Indian Central Association was held on Saturday, 19th October 2019 at the newly built Diversity Centre of the Indian association, Papatoetoe, Manukau under the theme of “Empowered Women – is society ready?” where more than 150 delegates, mostly women were participated from different sectors in the society.

Among the Chief Guests were Minister of ethnic Affairs, Hon. Jenny Salesa; Priyanca Radhakrishnan; Indian Newslink editor, Mr. Venkat, etc.

Ashima Singh was invited to the women’s conference and it was an honour to address the conference as one of the six panellists who were invited to discuss many issues faced by the women population in New Zealand and around the world including rising occurrence of family violence and vulnerability of victims.

Amongst many on-going issues raised in the women’s forum such as gender inequality, women’s health issues including mental health issues, parental apathy, child sex abuse, relationship, parenthood, reproductive rights and domestic violence by Dr Pushpa Wood, Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre Director, Minal Rai (Teacher at AUT), Harpreet Kaur (University of Auckland Law & Commerce student), Malti Kumar Sharma (Legal Executive at PatelNand Legal) and Danish Lang Siu (Barrister & Solicitor at Counties Manukau District Health Board), Ashima Singh discussed the topic “ Marriage is a joint responsibility, yet why are women blamed for its failure”?.

Thus, Ashima Singh conducted an insightful and informative session on stigma encountered by women in failed marriages and also discussed how to break the “glass ceiling” when addressing major issues revolving around it. Considering the gravity of the issue in the society, Ashima suggested the solution to all delegates that we all required to train ourselves not to jeopardize women, but to solve marriage related issues amicably with-out pointing out faults in one particular gender.

Annual women’s conference was a great success and Ashima’s contribution to the women’s forum was immense as she addressed this burning issue by giving the most pragmatic solution to the society.


Yasodara Kodithuwakku

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