Speaking at an event organised in Kolkata to discuss women empowerment, she said that it should be 'men and women together' and not 'men vs women'.
The event was attended by a large number of women from various parts of the city where De shared her thoughts and suggestions with audiences.
De started addressing the event with few lines from the poem 'Silence' by poet and activist Anasuya Sengupta.
She said, "Too many women in too many countries speak the same language of silence."
She tried to explain the caring, compromising and silently adjusting nature of women and still becoming victim through these lines by Sengupta.
"Now it is time to break that silence of suffering. I have broken it long ago and every women should," said De.
The event lasted for more than an hour where she delivered a strong message to empower and build confidence of women. De believes both social and economic factors have their role in the recent increase in violence against women.
She said identity of individuality over gender must be given preference to end sexual discrimination.
Responding to a question, she told IBNS that cases where financially independent, successful women of liberal backgrounds become victims and yet maintain silence, were usually due to complex reasons and individual scenarios.
Many times some sort of bad experience from an early phase of life is the reason behind their silence, said De.
De also threw light on several factors like a woman's minimal attention towards herself because of all responsibilities and caring nature towards family.
She said, women give more than they take and deserve something better than their present scenario in the society.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-08-2013)