The women councillors want the Corporation to conduct training programmes to help them do their jobs better.
What’s it about? A panel titled “Grassroots Democracy and Women Representatives,” organised by Voice of People, heard concerns from women councillors about interference by their male relatives. Currently, they’re given only a day’s training, but it isn’t enough.
- Congress councillor Amirta Varshini said most women aren’t aware of the basics. They aren’t aware of their roles, and regular training can change that.
- Another councillor P Yazhini detailed her experience of 11 people vying for the councillor position. However, her party leader decided to give the seat to a field worker since the others were spouses of party men.
Challenges faced: The women councillors face challenges in their daily work from meeting people to inspections. They also have to handle all types of people, some of whom can be unruly.