New Delhi, 3 March 2023 (TDI): The Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gunda Reire, spoke about women’s empowerment in the digital age at high-level events in New Delhi.

She is on her official visit to India to attend Raisina Dialogue 2023. Gunda Reire attended an event organized by the Embassy of Latvia in India.

She underlined the importance of women’s participation and gender equality. She stressed that Latvia upholds the notion of women’s economic independence and empowerment.

There is a need to make strenuous efforts to enable target support for women to learn digital technologies and study science and technology-related disciplines. This endeavor will increase possibilities for women’s integration into the labor market.

She drew attention to Latvia’s prioritizing theme of women’s empowerment in the digital age in its work in the women’s rights-related ventures in the United Nations (UN) system & its efforts to gain membership in the UN Security Council.

The international cooperation and development of joint projects on women’s empowerment between India and Latvia were also discussed.

Gunde Reire also attended an academic discussion organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University. She engaged in a fruitful discussion with students and faculty on women’s empowerment in the age of modern technologies.

She spoke of the issues through a humanist perspective with both academic and political sides of the spectrum. Women’s empowerment involves justice, dignity, and security. Both genders deserve life-enriching opportunities on equal footing.

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The Parliamentary Secretary highlighted her perspective quoting Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

Professor Ummu Salma Bava and Professor Bhaswati Sarkar, as well as students from Jawaharlal Nehru University also participated in the discussion. The event emphasized the critical role of women in the decision-making process in a vibrant democracy.

Both Latvian and Indian representatives agreed on involving women in technological sectors. They encouraged women not to be the submissive user of technologies but rather creators of them.

Latvia pledged continuous support for facilitating women’s representation and economic integration emphasizing improving digital prowess is the first step in this regard.