Friday, March 9, 2012

103rd International Womens Day in Jammu Kashmir

103rd International Women’s Day was celebrated across the State with enthusiasm and zeal.

State Commission for Women (SCW) in collaboration with Government College for Women (GCW), Parade, celebrated 103rd International Women’s Day with zeal and enthusiasm. The topic of the day was "Women and Society".

On the occasion, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, was the chief guest while as Shamima Firdous, Chairpersons, SCW, was the guest of honour.

Principal of the College, Dr Kiran Bakshi, presented the welcome address and threw light on celebrating the day across the State as also the country.

Secretary of the commission, Hafiza Muzaffar, Vijay Laxmi Dutta and several other dignitaries spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of the day.

Several students of the college took part in the debate titled "Women and Society" and expressed their views. Certificate of participation were presented to them by the dignitaries.

Addressing the function, Abdul Gani Malik, said that with the high standards in education and life style, women have already occupied their place in the judiciary, politics, administration and social activities.

"There is no doubt that girls are outshining boys and in almost all the examinations girls secure higher marks and excel in the disciplines of Arts, Commerce and Science", he added.

Dr Aruna Dubey, presented vote of thanks.

Minister for Relief, Revenue and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla said that today’s women are playing vital role in every field of activity greatly contributing towards the progress of the nation.

He said this while addressing a function at Gandhi Nagar, here today.

He added that the Government has envisioned and implemented a number of programmes aimed at women empowerment, which includes providing 50 per cent reservation to women in Panchayat elections, helping them to become self reliant through different schemes.

Bhalla further stated that 58 per cent women got elected in recently concluded Panchayat elections, which was an encouraging sign towards their empowerment.

Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo emphasized upon women in general and self help groups in particular to come forward and work unitedly for their rights and socio-economic empowerment.

She was speaking on the occasion of International Women's Day in the auditorium of the Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, organized by the State Women's Development Corporation

She also stressed the need for education of the girl child, the only tool for women empowerment.

Khem Lata Wakhloo Chairperson State Social Welfare Board and MLAs Bimla Luthra, Indu Pawar and Nazir Ahmed Gurezi were also present on the occasion.

The gathering was also addressed by Seema Khajuria Senior Advocate and Dr. Madhu Khullar Director Health Services, deliberated upon medico-legal pertaining to the women cause.

On this Occasion Minister also distributed Cheques to the tune of ` 24.75 lakh among 36 women beneficiaries and also inaugurated the two days sale-cum-exhibition of products prepared by SHGs assisted by Women's Development Corporation.

Literary discourse and Short Story recital marked the International Women’s Day celebrations at premises of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages here today.

As part of the day long all women events, comprehensive short story recital session was held at KL Saigal Hall here in which several writers recited their women centric short story collections.

The writers who recited their women oriented stories were Prof Nirmal Vikral, Santosh Sangra, Gurdeep Kour and Surinder Neer.

The recital session was presided over by Former Secretary Academy, Prof Rita Jitendra, who later also recited a women oriented story titled "Kirya Karam".

Earlier in her welcome address, Academy’s Additional Secretary, Savita Bakshi said that the aim of holding women oriented activities was to recognize the contribution of women in varied fields of human life.

International Women’s Day was celebrated at Government Hospital, Sarwal.

On the occasion, Dr Madhu Khullar, Director Health Services was the chief guest.

A blood donation was organised in which nurses and the female students donated their blood.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Khullar spoke about the women empowerment and importance of female education. She also gave examples of top women in India including President of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, etc, which shows that women can take top positions and are fully committed if given a chance.

Dr Arun Sharma, Superintendent of the Hospital, Pathologist Dr AK Bhardwaj, UK Padha, Chief, Blood Bank, Gandhi Nagar hospital and other staff of the laboratory were also present on the occasion.

A convention of women activists chaired by Sunita Bhagat was held here today to observe International Women’s Day.

Addressing the convention, Sunita Bhagat said that domestic violence is widely prevalent in the society. Due to persistent efforts, women of different communities are challenging the discrimination practices, which subordinate them and are speaking up for their rights at different levels.

Mohd Yousuf Tarigami, MLA, State secretary, CPI (M), while addressing the convention said that it is a day to remind the world that equal rights and opportunities for women are imperative for human progress.

Gender equality and political empowerment of women can be instrumental in harnessing the latest potentialities of the women folk and making them agents of social change, he added.

Among others who spoke were CPI (M) leaders, Sham Prasad Kesar, Om Parkash, Javid Ahmed Zargar besides women activists.

MC Khalsa College of Education organised one day workshop to observe International Women’s Day.

On the occasion, Harbans Singh, Former Minister and Managing Trustee was the chief guest.

The topic for the workshop was "Challenges to Women Emancipation in 21st Century", in which coordinators of five groups presented their papers.

Dr Madhu Singh, Principal of the college, delivered a talk on the important issues related to women enlistment and her emancipation to generate the issues related to the problems faced by women.

KCS College of Education (Women) celebrated International Women’s Day in the college premises with great enthusiasm and fervour.

The programme was declared open by Principal of the college Prof OP Sharma, who while speaking said that women comprise of fifty per cent of world population, therefore, they must be empowered in every walk of life.

Apart from speeches, cultural programme was also presented wherein students presented different cultural item depicting the theme of women empowerment.

Among others present were Deepti Gupta, convener, Co-curricular Activities Committee, Sneh Khanna, Rajan Suri, Lecturers and Sunita Sharma were also present.

Ramisht College of Education, Basholi, in collaboration with Swarn Youth Club celebrated International Women’s Day in the college premises.

The student speakers in their speeches said that female child should be given proper education as well as nutrition. There should be no difference between a female and male child.

Chairman of the college while speaking, said that as compared to men, women are more loyal to their family, society and nation.

"We should pay respect to women and help in the enforcement of their rights, he said.

A legal awareness camp was organised under the chairmanship of Swati Gupta, Chairman, Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Munsiff, JMIC, Bishnah in observance of "International Women’s Day".

In her address, Swati Gupta apprised the general public about the rights of the women as provided under various provisions of Law.

Among others present were Shalender Kumar, SP Hqrs, SS Sambyal, SDPO, RS Pura, SHO Bishnah, Yogesh Bomba, Prosecuting Officer, Members of Bar, DK Singh, KS Saini, SS Manhas, BD Sharma, Sham Lal, Sonika Moten, Sister Moosa, Principal, Convent School, Arnai, Rajni Bala and general public.

In connection with International Women's Day celebrations a function was organized by Women's Wing of National Conference at Barnai under the leadership of its president Vijay Laxmi Dutta. While stressing on the importance of the day, she said the coalition Government led by Omar Abdullah has taken various steps for the empowerment of the women in the State and the women should take full advantage of the same.

Mrs Dutta asked the women to come forward and work for the enlistment of their sisters living below poverty line in different parts of Jammu region. On the occasion she distributed two sewing machines among the two ladies. She also apprised them of various schemes launched by Social Welfare Department for enlistment of women.

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