Nilgiris: Women urged to strengthen anti-plastics campaign

Welfare aid disbursed to differently-abled, underprivileged women

Udhagamandalam: Women should help make the anti-plastics campaign in the Nilgiris meaningful. This was emphasised at a function organised by the All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), the Nilgiris chapter, at Finger Post near here on Monday to mark the International Women’s Day celebrations.

Lamenting that the campaign, launched about a decade ago, has over the past many years not been serving its purpose, the president of the chapter Indu K. Mallah opined that the residents should shoulder the blame to a significant extent for the campaign losing steam.

Much-needed: Indu K. Mallah, president, All India Women's Conference, the Nilgiris chapter, distributing blankets at Finger Post ,near Udhagamandalam, on Monday.

Pointing out that the growing practice of setting ablaze discarded plastic items has become a major health hazard, she regretted that not many are aware that it is carcinogenic.

Exhorting women not to patronise banned plastic items like carry bags and disposable cups and plates, she urged them to strike a balance between their rights and responsibilities.

She felt that it would be a fitting tribute to the centenary of the International Women’s Day.

Stating that the women’s movement has evolved from women’s welfare to women’s development to their empowerment, she said that awareness about women’s rights and achievements in various fields is on the rise.

If all the women do what is expected of them, social justice will come to their doorsteps. Activist Jayamma welcomed the gathering and activist D. Josephine proposed a vote of thanks. Distribution of blankets and cooking accessories to differently-abled and underprivileged women formed part of the occasion.


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