News By/Courtesy: Sneha Suresh | 03 Aug 2020 15:26pm IST


  • Wants to make the State safer for women
  • Introduced female signs on traffic signals
  • Real effort taken or gaslighting the public?

Aditya Thackeray’s efforts for women empowerment

Tourism and Environment STATE MINISTER, Aaditya Thackeray has openly spoken about his plans for women empowerment and ensuring the safety of women to become a priority. His efforts are an attempt to make the same come true. He called for equal access and opportunities and the empowerment of women in all aspects of life. “We have to recognize the key role of women in every aspect of life. I am a feminist, and I support equal rights for women,” Thackeray said.

On the social media platform Twitter, Aditya Thackeray applauded BMC North for taking a stride towards gender equality with the new signs.

Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray seems to be taking slight steps toward increasing gender equality in Maharashtra. Though small, it’s not to be gone unnoticed.
With Uddhav Thackeray as CM, Aditya has self-embarked on a mission to make Mumbai roads safer for women. In an attempt for that, he is doing so by adding images of women pedestrians on traffic signals and signages.

The new gender-inclusive signs have been put up by the Brihanmunshi Municipal Corporation, and Thackeray shared an image of the same on Twitter.

“If you’ve passed by Dadar, you’d see something that will make you feel proud. @mybmcWardGN is ensuring gender equality with a simple idea- the signals now have women too!” Thackeray tweeted as a caption to the images.

Some netizens received this initiative with open arms and praised the politician for his efforts. The inclusivity was welcomed and appreciated, and various people spoke up in support of the same. 

Not all, however, were impressed and onboard. Some Twitter users commented that adding women to traffic signs did not help make roads safer for women or change other problems faced by women. Inclusivity isn’t security. Others thought such initiatives were just a way to take attention away from real issues that affect gender equality and gender empowerment, almost as though it was an attempt to gaslight the public.

Making signs inclusive has undoubtedly been a global phenomenon, with numerous countries such as Germany adopting gender-inclusive signage and traffic signals.

The project is a brainchild of Maharashtra Minister Aditya Thackeray, who has led the initiative under the “Culture Spine” project.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Aug 2020 16:49pm IST

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