Bhubaneswar: The country representative of UN women Ms. Susan Jane Ferguson today called on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas and discussed a range of issues concerning women empowerment in the State.
During the discussion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the State Government has an objective to ensure that at least one-third of the graduates from technical education would be girls. He added that the participation of women in technical education and further employment in industries is a priority area of the State Government.
The Odisha CM cited the example of schemes like Sudakshya which has helped to increase enrolment of girls in ITIs from 6 percent five years ago to 18 percent recently.
Stating that the manufacturing industries in recent times are witnessing a kind of revolution with looking for all women factory floors, Patnaik said that UN women can lead the efforts for ensuring facilities like quality accommodation and crèches.
The Odisha Chief Minister sought the support of the Second Chance Education Programme of UN Women which, in collaboration with the State Government, can help women who have not been able to complete their education. They can be helped with re-skilling, up-skilling support to make them employable in the job market.
CM Naveen Patnaik also spoke about the iconic projects like World Skill Centre that promotes global standard skills in the State. He wanted the UN Women to partner with such institutions to ensure gender parity and women’s participation in such projects.
Ms. Ferguson, during the discussion, appreciated the State Government’s initiatives in women empowerment. She spoke on the effective role played by Mission Shakti in empowering Odisha women. She also appreciated the pace of poverty reduction in the State.
Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister, VK Pandian was also present during the discussion.