OBSERVE WOMEN'S DAY ON 8TH MARCH
It is said that half of this world belongs to women. But in reality it is not so. Women are yet to have their due share socially, economically, politically as well as in other spheres. Our society is suffering from the ills of female foeticide, discrimination between girl and boy child, dowry deaths, sexual harassment to women etc. Legislatures of many countries including our country are yet to provide 331/3% seats to women.
If not half, duties assigned to at least 30 to 40 percent of the seats of Central Government Departments attended by women. In many of the work places women are few in numbers. Working atmosphere and conditions every where are also not same and some places are not even conducive to Working Women. Definitely the women employees are organised under the employees' organisations of their respective departments and these organisations are fighting for the protection of the rights of the Women workers.
As a result of persuasion of the neo-liberal economic policies by the successive Governments through dismantling of Public Sectors and privatization, corporatisation, downsizing and closure of Government Departments, working people of the country are not only losing their jobs but basic rights including the social securities like old age Pension, health care etc. and the educated unemployed youths are not getting jobs.
In Civil Accounts organization, large numbers of
women employees are working at different stations. We appeal upon the Branches and Branch level Women Committees to observe International women's Day on 8th March and propagate following demands among the rank and file -
1. Reservation of 30% seats for women in legislature and government service.
2. Equal pay for equal work in all sectors.
3. Stoppage of projecting women as commodities by media and advertising agencies.
4. Expeditious settlement of cases of sexual harassment and incidents of misbehavior in work places.
5. Imposition of exemplary punishment on crime against women.
6. Making provisions of Ladies Common Room in all offices.
7. Setting up of Departmental level "Complaints Committee" in terms of the direction of National Commission for Women and Supreme Court of India.
8. Implementation all positive recommendations of VICPC in favour of women employees.
COM. (MRS.) KALPANA DUTTA, CONVENER, NATIONAL WOMEN COMMITTEE, NFCAA.