MAPUSA: The Goa Pradesh Youth Congress will launch a programme ‘Shakti Super She’, a women’s empowerment programme to help women to stand up for themselves, because the government has failed them.
Addressing a press conference North Goa Youth President Rinaldo Rozario said that the situation in the country proved that the government was all talk and no action, and prompted them to begin the awareness campaign.
“We will launch this campaign on August 15 to carry out awareness drives to empower women to take care of themselves because the government has entirely failed us. There are so many cases of molestation of women, but the accused get away because the abusers are powerful people,” Tahia Pinto, a member of the GPYC urged women to come out and join this campaign.
“Our nation comprises of 50 percent women. We have been put down by the society, our homes and now the government. It is high time we come out and will not sit quiet. The congress party will stand by the women from this state and aim to empower women to come out of their fear zone,” she added.
Rozario said that the programme will be taken to each vaddo of the state.
“It involves empowering women all across the country, all across the state, all across the villages and all across the vaddos in Goa,” Rozario said.
“Why? Look at what has happened in Manipur. Women are being paraded naked in the streets, gangrapes, children are killed. What does our prime minister do? nothing. What is the BJP government doing? Nothing. What is the CM of Manipur doing? Nothing. When we raise pointers all you do is shoot us down,” Rozario said.
”We will not stop here. We will empower our women. We will strengthen them through our initiative that has been initiated by the IYC,” he said.
“Let’s talk about our wrestlers. It was a proud moment when the women won gold and silver medals for us. The Prime Minister even came before the camera to say it was a proud moment. Where were you when the same wrestlers were begging for justice on the street? They were manhandled by the police and dragged to jail,” Rozario said.
“To Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. You are here to give promises, but you do not fulfil them. You talk about jobs to women, open your books and see how many you have empowered. Are women safe in Goa today? They are not safe,” Rozario said adding that over the last six months there were 43 rapes, 20 kindapping and 40 molestation cases registered in the state.
Also present was Goa Pradesh Congress Secretary, Danice Almeida.