Biggest conclave of women a mega success

  • Participants endorse call for reservations

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The three-day National Women’s Parliament which concluded here on Sunday, first of its kind in the country, has echoed in unison the statement of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who said women’s quota is their right and not charity.

It was one of the greatest gatherings of women across the country to ascertain their power in politics and society. Thousands of students had used the conclave to air their views on the need for women’s empowerment.

The Andhra Pradesh Government had taken all the measures to make the international event a big success. That could be seen in the number of women present at the event. While 10,000 invitations were sent out, nearly 22,000 women, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and abroad, attended the conference.

An engineering student, Lakshmi Priya of Anantapur, said that she was lucky enough to participate in the world class women’s conference. She showered praise on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and AP Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao for the arrangements.

Without confining the conference to lectures of eminent women, the organizers took initiative to give girl students time to air their views on women’s empowerment. Many students, some of them from rural areas, were seen rushing to the dais to vent their views without any fear. At one stage the bold statements and innovative thoughts of students impressed the guests on the dais.

The State Government organized the event in such a way that no one has witnessed such kind a conference before.

The venue, on the Krishna river bank, was extremely pleasant. After day-long sessions, the delegates enjoyed the cool wind the lovely weather. An added attraction was Amaravati International Music and Dance Festival that was performed on a floating dais and another on the river bank.

The event manager Venkateswar A of Avens Expositions Pvt Ltd said that the main conference hall is the first biggest one in the country with a seating capacity of 14,000 delegates, including 1,500 VIPs. The aluminium hangar was raised covering two lakh sq ft, measuring 50 mts in width and 400 mts in length. He said AC equipment to the tune of 3000 tonnes was used to cool the conference hall. Generators were set up with 8000 kva to provide uninterrupted power supply.

The dais had 3D Buddhist Stupa in the background with moving clouds atop the Stupa. In addition, 120 ft LED screens were set up on both sides of the dais for the convenience of delegates.

Besides the main conference hall, a food court was put up with a seating capacity of 10,000 guests. A separate food court was arranged for VIPs. The organizers had arranged sufficient wash rooms not to cause inconvenience to the delegates.

A festival atmosphere prevailed at the conference venue right from 9 am to 10.30 pm daily with continuations of sessions and group discussions till 5 pm and music programmes from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm.

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