New Delhi: The United Nations-Women on Saturday said that it had tied up with the Madhya Pradesh Government to give priority attention to leadership development of elected women representatives in Sagar district of the state.

In a statement on Saturday, the UN body which works for gender equality and the empowerment of women said that special 'mahila sabhas' will also be conducted for women.

The addition of the district is part of an ongoing national programme to empower elected women representatives already operational in two other districts of Madhya Pradesh - Jhabua and Sehore.

Sagar has 760 gram panchayats and 5703 elected women representatives. The State currently has 54 percent representation of elected women representatives at the local level, the statement said.

The UN body also said that the mahila sabhas will help to monitor the performance of village ration shops and programmes to protect girl child and decline of child sex ratio.

Women functionaries in the village such as health workers and ASHA workers will work within Mahila Sabhas and implement gender equality proposals passed in the gram sabha.

At least 100 gram sabhas will be conducted in the district, with the participation of women citizens and women panchayat leaders to strengthen local planning and development.

"We want women to step out of the confines of their homes to vote, campaign and contest in local elections," said Sushma Kapoor, Regional Programme Director of UN Women South Asia.


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