Mumbai Sets Another Example For Other Indian Cities promoting Gender Equality
GUWAHATI: Economic prosperity and Woman Empowerment go hand in hand and there is no more effective tool for development than the Empowerment of Women, and one city has proved the same to the world.
In a welcoming move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed signs with female figures in a move to promote gender equality. The city’s civic body is reportedly changing its road signs and pedestrian signals on the Dadar- Mahim arterial road.
“If you have passed by Dadar, you will see something that will make you feel proud. @mybmcWardGN is ensuring gender equality with a simple idea – the signals now have women too,” tweeted Maharashtra’s environment and tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray to inform people about the newly installed signs.
The initiative will make Mumbai the first city in the country to have female symbols on road signages.
First All-Women Railway Station
Prior to this move, Mumbai was the first city in India which had an all-women operated railway station. The Matunga Railway Station, under the initiative of Central Railway’s Management had taken the initiative to make the station an all-women operative in July 2017 to empower women. The station had a staff strength of 41 – all women, right from the Railway Protection Force to the Station Manager.
First Female Locopilot
In the year 1988, the first female locopilot (train driver) on the Central Railways was a woman named Surekha Bhosale Yadav for the Mumbai Region putting aside all gender stereotypes around locomotive pilots. She became Asia's first woman train driver to drive the prestigious Deccan Queen from Pune to CST through difficult yet scenic topography on Women's Day of 2011, which was her dream come true.
The Ladies Special Train
In the year 1992, Mumbai became the first city in the world to have introduced the Ladies Special Suburban Train on the Western Line. A train with entire seats reserved for women passengers only.