Women self-help groups should be supported: President

President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said self-help groups should be supported to make women economically independent.

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 19:07 PM IST

Pune: President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said
self-help groups should be supported to make women
economically independent.
"Finance should be made available for (self-help groups
of) women for starting their own businesses so that they can
become economically independent. Dalit women should also go
ahead on the path of social progress without any sense of
inferiority," she said addressing a function here.
Patil said education was the first means of empowerment
of women and laid emphasis on free and compulsory education
for all girls and boys in the 6-14 age group.

A film, "Ranraginincha Desh" (A country of women
warriors), depicting heroic feats of the female freedom
fighters, was screened on the occasion.

PTI