Financially empowered women are a "bulwark against societal evils", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while interacting with more than one crore women associated with various self-help groups across the country. "For women empowerment financial independence is necessary. Women are enterprising, they don't need to be taught, only need to be given opportunities to perform," he said during the interaction through the Narendra Modi Mobile App. Highlighting the importance of women empowerment especially in rural areas for overall development. Modi also noted that agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which are vital for rural economy, cannot run without the participation of women. During the interaction, women also shared their inspiring and touching stories and how the self-help groups have helped them improve their lives. Modi said women self help groups are laying the foundation of financial prosperity in rural areas and added that women in the country have potential to transform the society.