As many as 23 women extension officials of the state agriculture and allied departments attended a four-day training programme on ‘Empowerment of Women in Agriculture’ that concluded at the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today.Dr HS Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI, said empowering women by imparting them education and making them economically independent would improve their leadership quality.

“Empowered women make empowered families and families empower society and nation,” he stated.Dr Rajesh Gill, professor of sociology, Panjab University, discussed issues related to gender discrimination and also dwelt on strategies for gender justice. She said the time had come for mutual sharing of responsibility between husband and wife.

Dr Sushma Jaswal, an expert, discussed various skill development activities which could help rural women become financially independent. Dr JS Jaswal, another expert, discussed the tools for managing stress so that women could balance their personal and professional life.Sessions on making women financially independent and taking decisions for their own investments were held.

An exposure visit was also organised to Talwara where the participants visited Unati Co-operative Marketing-Cum-Processing Society Limited that employs the rural unemployed women and youth in Kandi area of Punjab. Besides, participants visited Fruit and Herbal Processing Society (KAFRO), Rampur Sikri, and interacted with various women self-help groups (SHGs).