Bhubaneswar, March 9 (LocalWire): On the occasion of Women’s Day on Friday, a workshop was organised here to discuss different problems faced by single women in society.
The programme was organised by the District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) in collaboration with ActionAid, an NGO, at ADR Conference Hall.
Problems related to land, housing, education and protection, among other issues, faced by a single woman were discussed. ActionAid’s local partner CCWD facilitated over 20 single women to mark the occasion.
ActionAid’s regional manager Debabrat Patra said, “Single women are most vulnerable in society. They’re marginalized, and hence, there issues need to be prioritized.”
“Single women have been demanding social protection, better health services, share in land and housing, and other resources, for their development and well-being,” he said.
Patra further stressed that the legal service authority should focus on their issues, as speedy justice to single woman will help reduce their vulnerabilities in society.
B.N. Durga, programme officer of ActionAid, shared his experiences in working with the issues of single women in Ganjam district, and said that his organization has helped over 4,000 single women to get land, housing and other entitlements from the government.
“The state government should make efforts to define single women mentioned in the Odisha State Women & Girls Policy. It should recognize single women as an independent household to ensure entitlements and benefits from existing social protection schemes,” he said.
Satya Narayan Mishra, district Judge and chairman of DLSA, said the government should make special welfare policies for unwed single mother, as they have multiple vulnerabilities.
Others who attended the event were DLSA secretary Manas Ranjan Ray, Additional Secretary of Revenue & Disaster Management Department Shilendra Dwibedi, Deputy Secretary Health & Family Welfare Department Jasmin Pattnaik and State Women Commission members Kusum Rath and Sushmita Nanda, among over 250 participants, including judicial officers.