There is a need to sensitise men about gender discrimination against women and other related issues, union minister for environment, forestry and climate change, Prakash Javadekar said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
"We need to give prescription to change the society's mindset and to create awareness about women's right for equal opportunity in each and every field through education, more so as women have much more qualities than men," said Javadekar while inaugurating a conference on 'Gender Parity in Media & Entertainment Sector,' organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
"Women have more compassion, conviction, consistence and courage than their male counterpart, these are the strengths of women," added the minister.
Citing the example of Bollywood, Javadekar said, "If actresses like Vidya Balan or Kangana can make movies successful on their own, then it is Salman Khan and other top male actors that must feel the heat."
"A lot has been lost world over by not providing enough opportunities and not partnering with women as plenty of talent, energy and capacities have not been utilised," further said the minister.
Sharing his perspective at the ASSOCHAM conference, noted filmmaker, Ramesh Sippy said, "Nobody has any right decide what a woman should or should not wear."
"Our film industry does seem to project, is often blamed for exploitation, it is not entirely true and not entirely false as we only reflect what is happening in the society," said Sippy.