15 Mar, Gangtok (IPR) : The International Women’s Day was celebrated with great zeal, at Manan Kendra today.
The programme was organized by The State Commission for Women, Government of Sikkim and the theme for this year’s celebration was Press for Progress: “Time is Now Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”
The occassion was graced by Smt Tika Maya Chamling as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Minister for Social, Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department Smt Tulshi Devi Rai as the Guest of Honour.
During her address Smt. Chamling expressed her gratitude and congratulated all the awardees. She said that it is a time to reflect on the progress made by women, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who has played extraordinary role in societies, countries and communities. As a pre-requisite to ensure women rights, harmful practices against women and girls need to end, she added.
She appealed to all the women and girls to redesign, reshape and get benefited by the new transformations and innovations of the worlds which is available today.
Hon’ble Minister while addressing the gathering said that this year International Women’s Day 2018 comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Therefore it is an opportunity to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
She also stated that it is an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the agendas, building momentum for the effective implementation of the goals and schemes made by the Government.
During the programme an android Application SAHAYOG- for women safety alert was launched by the Chief Guest.
The programme also saw the felicitation of the Chief Guest Smt Tika Maya Chamling by Hon’ble Minister Smt Thulsi Devi Rai on behalf of the State Commission for Women, Government of Sikkim.
Also, seven individuals were felicited on the occasion:
1. Smt. Ongmu Bhutia, Sr.S.P (Traffic)
2. Shri. Passang Tshering Bhutia, Social Activist
3. Smt. Kincho Lhamu Lepcha, Social Activist
4. Smt. Lalita Lama, Social Activist
5. Ms. Kabita Sharma, Journalist
6. Shri. Kul Bahadur Chettri, Head Constable, Sikkim Police
7. Smt. Kabita Sharma, Constable, Sikkim Police
The programme also showcased dance performance by the girls of Subha Laxmi Home and Skit play by Arithang Mahila Kalyankari Sangh. The participants along with the press media representatives were graced by token of appreciations.
Earlier, Secretary Social, Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department Ms Sarala Rai welcomed the gathering present. She apprised about the various governmental schemes and functions for women and their empowerment which has been chartered by the state government.
Welcome address was given by Smt Rehna Rai Chairperson, State Commission for Women, who briefed about the Commission and its initiatives aimed towards uplifting women and girls in the State.