The Jagratha Samithi of Kochi Corporation, inaugurated last month, will kick start its activities with a seminar on safety issues of women this month. The samithi has a stated goal to make Ernakulam a woman-friendly city by the end of 2014.
The Samithi which met under Mayor Tony Chammany decided to conduct a legal awareness seminar on women’s safety on February 13. The seminar will be conducted jointly by the Kochi Corporation and State Women’s Commission. The meeting also decided to conduct Vanitha Commission adalat on February 19.
“We plan to launch at least one initiative per month which would better the lives of women in the city,” said Samithi member and councillor advocate Minimol. The corporation had made it mandatory to make Jagrathi Samithi’s
at the ward level with ward councillor as the chairman, the programmes of which will be monitored periodically by the Jagratha Samithi at the Corporation headed by the Mayor.
Apart from awareness classes by renowned speakers on the topic, a portion of seminar will be dedicated for a discussion on improving the working of the Samithi. The conveners at the ward level Jagratha committees can make their suggestions before the committee which will be seriously looked into, said Minimol. The adalat will listen to complaints related to women’s issues and will be followed up by appropriate action, says the authorities. Apart from the Mayor, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, Women’s Commission member Lissy Joseph, councilling practioner Sinimol, St Teresa’s College professor Nirmala Padamanabhan, Councillor and Welfare Standing Committee Chairperson of Kochi Corporation Essy Joseph and councillor advocate Minimol participated in the meeting.