The worth of any civilisation can be judged from the position it gives to women, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said as she asked countries to accord top priority to women's empowerment, key to a better life for all.
Addressing a global meeting of women speakers of parliament here, Mahajan said it is their duty to ensure that the laws enacted by legislatures are women-friendly.
She also said that parliament served as a model institution for creating a positive environment for women's economic empowerment.
"In order to create a more just and caring world, social and economic policies of countries should accord top priority to women empowerment as it is the key to a better life for all."
She made the keynote address on the theme "Building a Conducive Environment for Women's Economic Empowerment" at the ninth annual meeting, which concluded today.