Parliament of Girls debates their rights

Teenagers would discuss gender issues in a mock House

A girl each from 243 Assembly constituencies of Bihar will articulate her views and suggestions on empowerment of women at a special ‘parliament’ session for them which would be held here on January 24.

The parliament for and by the girls has been conceived to give them exposure about the parliamentary system akin to Parliament and state legislatures where the elected representatives speak for their constituents, Principal Secretary (HRD) Anjani Kumar Singh said on Monday.

The selected teenaged girls would be given training for three days from January 21-23 to hone their oratorical skills on gender-related issues so that they would be able to articulate their views on the subject, he said.

The suggestions articulated by them at the parliament to be hosted by the HRD (gender section), women empowerment section of the social welfare department and the UN Children’s Fund, will be incorporated by the state government in the schemes for empowerment and development of the women, Singh said.

Stating that the parliament would be held in the legislative council premise on January 24, he said the inputs of the girls will help the administration streamline various schemes. Singh said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other dignitaries have been invited to attend the girls’ parliament.

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