BRICS women's conference begins in Jaipur

| Updated: Aug 21, 2016 02:22 IST

Jaipur, Aug 20 (ANI): A two-day meeting of BRICS women parliamentarian's forum began today in Jaipur. In her inaugural address Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that government has chosen the path of removing poverty by empowering the poor. She said women are most vulnerable and, therefore, are most at risk from climate change. The Lok Sabha Speaker called on the BRICS countries to strengthen cooperative mechanisms and to innovate new institutional means for meeting the needs of the member countries. Earlier, T.R Modise, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, South Africa said, this forum will help to have one voice as women Parliamentarians to organise, mobilise, motivate and advance women. A total of 43 Parliamentarians from BRICS countries, including 28 MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, are participating in the meeting where sustainable development goals are being discussed. BRICS is a five-nation grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Theme of the second session, to be held on the second day on August 21, will be 'Containing Climate Change - Imperatives of Global Cooperation'. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will deliver the valedictory address and the Lok Sabha Speaker will give the concluding address on the second day. (ANI)