Regn. no : S/1L/8159(2001-2002)
             Estd. 2001

From the Desk of Secretary

The upcoming year we like to focus on women issues. Always our target is to reach the women byhealth education, safety and sirely about the need they have to give the best care to their children and family.we like to focus on these issues- to make a better community.
The ability of women to control their own fertility is absolutely fundamental to women's empowerment and equality. When awoman can , she can plan her family the rest of her life. When she is healthy, she can be more productive. And when her reproductive rights—including the right to decide the number, timing and spacing of her children, and to make decisions regarding reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence—are promoted and protected, she has freedomto participatemore fully and equally in society The roles thatmenandwomenplay in society are not biologically determined - they are socially determined, changing and changeable.
Reproductive Health : Women, for both physiological and social reasons, are more vulnerable than men to reproductive health problems. Reproductive health problems, including Maternal mortality and morbidity, represent a major – but preventable - cause of death and disability for women in developing countries. Failure to provide information, services and conditions to help women protect their reproduction health therefore constitutes genderbased discrimination and a violation ofwomen's rights to health an life.
Stewardship of natural resources : Women in developing nations are usually in charge of securingwater, food and fuel and of overseeing family health and diet. Therefore, they tend to put into immediate practice whatever they learn about nutrition and preserving the environment and natural resources.
Economic empowerment : Morewomen thanmenlive in poverty. Economic disparities persist partly because much of the unpaid work within families and communities falls on the shoulders of women and because they face discrimination in the economic sphere.
Educational empowerment :About two thirds of the illiterate adults in theworld are female. Higher levels ofwomen's education are strongly associated with both lower infant mortality and lower fertility, as well as with higher levels of education and economic opportunity for their children.
Political empowerment: Social and legal institutions still do not guarantee women equality in basic legal and human rights, in access to or control of land or other resources, in employment and earning, and social and political participation. Laws againstdomestic violence are often not enforced on behalf of women.
• Empowerment throughout the life cycle: Reproductive health is a lifetime concern for both women and men, from infancy to old age.
Experience has shown that addressing gender equality and women's empowerment requires strategic interventions at all levels of programmingand policy-making.
We expect the programmeto improve the lives of adolescent girls by
• delaying marriage and pregnancy
• increasing thedemandfor and use of quality, rights-based, voluntary family planning
• improving sexual and reproductive health and HIV knowledge and practices
reducing school drop-out
• enhancing girls' autonomy, social networPositive, protective assets for adolescent girls
creating an enabling environment to uphold girls' rights and entitlements Tomorrow is Today Aged 10 and She's a Girl. Change Her Life, Change theWorld

Dr. Minakshi Ganguly