GUWAHATI, March 8 – The State government will undertake many more new schemes for empowerment of women and ensure equal rights to them. On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi assured that the government will work towards making women economically independent as well as improving the health status of mothers and the girl child.
The day was observed by the Social Welfare department at the auditorium of Vivek-ananda Kendra here. Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora addressing the meeting said that the department in association with the non government organisations is implementing various welfare schemes for women and many have benefited from them.
The Assam State Commission for Women has decided to give impetus to its awareness drive on protection of rights of women including prevention of child marriage in the rural areas where knowledge on the legal front is lacking.
The conference held by the Commission in collaboration with the National Commission for Women was attended by government officials and representatives of organizations working for the welfare of the girl child.
On the other hand, child protection officer of UNICEF Ved Prakash Gautam called for retaining girls in the education system and radical overhauling of the social system to prevent child marriage.
In the backdrop of rising anger against atrocities on women, World Vision India – Guwahati Urban Area Development Programme celebrated International Women's Day at the Community Hall – Christ Church Compound with the participation of over 100 under-privileged women.
The staff of Guwahati Urban Area Development Programme shared with the women about the responsibility the mother has at home and it is the mother who can provide a healthy future for her children.
Social activist Preeti Basumatary from Guwahati shared motivational stories with the women to fight for their rights.
A motivational film produced by Synod-CNI on HIV AIDS was also showed to protect the children from HIV and AIDS, especially the adolescent girls at home. The occasion was observed by different organisations in the capital city including Asom Establishment and Domestic Workers Union and NEN. Nemcare Hospital celebrated International Women's Day in collaboration with 93.5 Red FM at its premises with a free health check up including BP, Hb%, RBS check up for women.