Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Says India Has 260 All-Women Post Offices. That’s Great For Employment
Somewhere down the line, the very essence of the word “feminist” has been turned into an insult. If I had a rupee for every time a guy told me, “oh you’re one of those feminists” my bank account would not look so malnourished. Bad joke? Sorry. Here’s the thing though, I am a feminist but not the kind that believes women can do no wrong. Oh, and I don’t hate the very existence of men. All we “feminists” want is equal opportunities, women empowerment and a decline in violence against women. But it’s been an uphill battle.
Which is why I believe that every move that contributes even the slightest to women empowerment, needs to talked about and celebrated. And that is exactly what we are doing today.
You see, on Monday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that India 260 all-women post offices. He said this during the inauguration of the Department of Posts Schemes in Bihar.
Ravi Shankar Prasad is the union minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology. During the virtual inauguration, he said that the Modi government believes in women empowerment and thus has made it a priority to open all-women post offices in different parts of the country.
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Inaugurated the first all women post office of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar and distributed Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana passbooks to beneficiary girls. Also inaugurated the India Post parcel hub in Srinagar, which will improve parcel delivery and eCommerce services. pic.twitter.com/VN4tG3TadN
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) January 23, 2020
India’s first-ever all-women post office was opened in Delhi on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013. Now, in 2020, there are all-women post offices in cities like Patna, Trichy and even Mumbai. The first all-women post office in Patna christened ‘Mahila Dak Ghar’ was also inaugurated Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in September 2019
This contributes to women empowerment a great deal because it boosts women employment. We live in a country where women are just supposed to look after children and do domestic chores. This is a break from that patriarchal pattern. It’s an amazing initiative as it opens up various opportunities for women.
Even though with the advent of technology, the concept of post has become a little redundant, we love this concept of all women-post offices. For too long, women have not been allowed to do much outside the four walls of their house and it’s initiatives like this one that can help change that.
Let’s hope the Modi government really is prioritizing women empowerment and they start more campaigns and initiatives like this one.
This is a step forward!