He also called for bringing in composite development of the country.
Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of International Women's Day, the president said discriminating between men and women was essentially a problem of mindsets.
"To ensure composite development of the country, it is necessary to remove such discrimination. Every person in the society is responsible for changing such a mindset. We should listen to voices of our daughters and provide them all opportunities to make the most of their lives.
"We should change the customs and traditions that hinder giving equal rights to our daughters," he said while presenting the 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Kovind said awareness and education were effective tools to overcome gender inequality.
"Education provides the power and understanding to eradicate distinctions between people in society," he added.
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