STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, March 8 - With a call to ensure the safety of women and also to ensure the State’s accountability in promoting and protecting women’s rights, International Women’s Day was celebrated across the State today along with the rest of the world. A number of events on awareness about women’s rights and health were held in different parts of the State along with special programmes to felicitate woman achievers in recognition to their contributions to society.
Inmates of Mother Old Age Home in Guwahati celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday. – UB Photos
In Guwahati, Asom Mahila Sangha, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Sadou Asom Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha and North East Network, along with a number of renowned feminists of the State organised a meeting on awareness about women’s rights and the areas that need immediate government interventions so far as women’s safety is concerned.
Popular writer Nirupama Borgohain, while speaking at the event, delved on the history of Women’s Day and the need to protect women’s rights in the country.
Other noted women, including Sudakshina Sarma, Toshaprabha Kalita, Rani Gohain and Asomi Gogoi among others discussed the issues like Women’s Reservation Bill, the condition of women in society, equal opportunity for women, etc.
The women’s group led a march from the Guwahati Press Club to the office of the DC, Kamrup (Metro) and submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The North East Network also organised a sports competition for women at Sarpara ME School near Mirza today.
A physiotherapy camp exclusively for lady scribes along with the spouses of other journalists was organised at the Guwahati Press Club, where three female physiotherapists namely Dr Pallabi Goswami (PT), Dr Pooja Saikia (PT) and Dr Ivy Neog from the College of Physiotherapy and Medical Sciences offered free consultations to the participants.
Celebrating International Women’s Day, NEMCARE Heart Institute and Superspeciality Hospital today organised a free heart check-up camp for women, where over 40 women were given free heart check-up. Celebrating one year of the superspeciality hospital, another free heart check-up camp will be held in the hospital premises from March 9 to 14. The camp will be open for all men and women, said Dr Hitesh Baruah, managing director of the hospital.
Kalpavriksh, a Sangeeta Ghosh Institute of Performing Arts, celebrated International Women’s Day and held a special event recognising their achievements by conferring the ‘Women who Inspire’ award on four inspiring personalities from different fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangeeta Ghosh, director of Kalpavriksh said that the distinguished women chosen for the award have made exemplary contributions in their fields and have risen amidst all challenges to carve a niche for themselves.
Padma Shri Late Pushpa Bhuyan, a legend in Indian classical dance and founder of the Pushpanjali Cultural Academy was given the award posthumously in the performing arts category. Her daughter and renowned danseuse Sangeeta Bhuyan Mehta received the award on her behalf.
Senior journalist and writer Indrani Rai Medhi was given the award in the category of media and journalism. Mitra Som Saha, Principal, St Vivekananda English Academy was given the award in the field of education, while Rosie Kalita, additional DCP, Crime Branch, Guwahati was chosen for the award in the Selfless Service category. Kalita, however, could not attend the award ceremony.
The Hengrabari Housing Colony Mahila Samaj marked the International Women’s Day with a meeting on the colony premises here today. Samaj president Golapi Devi chaired the meeting. Noted actress and a colony resident Chetana Das and senior woman resident Sewali Kakoti were felicitated on the occasion.
Social activists and local residents Gita Ojha, Dorin Hazarika and Putuli Kayastha spoke on the significance of the day and global struggle for women’s rights.
General secretary of the Samaj Ila Bhuyan elaborated on this year’s theme for the day. The meeting adopted two resolutions, demanding declaration of holiday by the government on International Women’s Day, and commemoration of birth or death anniversary of legendary Assamese woman Mulagabharu by the State government.
Celebrating the occasion, the Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Guwahati has launched a month-long free health check-up camp in the hospital exclusively for woman journalists starting today at 10 am.
Rengoni Beltola, the Women Cell of Beltola College organised the day with a fruitful meeting presided over by the Principal Dr Ajit Borkotoky. Padma Shri Eli Ahmed delivered a valuable speech on women empowerment. Former professor Bharati Bhattacharjee spoke words of encouragement for the girl students. All the Women Cell members, teachers, staff and students of the college and parents were present at the meeting.
Child Friendly Guwahati (CFG) – Snehalaya celebrated Women’s Day by organising an awareness campaign jointly with KGMT Multispecialty Hospital, Guwahati and Anuradha Cineplex among nearly 500 women from the slum area of Bamunimaidam.
Free sanitary pads, baby products and gifts were distributed among the slum women.
State Bank of India celebrated Women’s Day by felicitating a few woman achievers. A felicitation programme was organised at the bank’s local head office here where a number of noted women of the State were felicitated. They included Nirupama Borgohain (literature), Chetana Das (drama), Tayabun Nisha (athletics), Madalasha Hazarika Baruah (table tennis), Kirti Jally, Staff Officer to the Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam and Archana Barthakur (social work).
PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager; Digmanu Gupta, General Manager of North Eastern Circle and other executives and employees of SBI attended the programme.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Radio Mirchi 95 FM honoured five women who have excelled in diverse fields. Well-known beauty educationist Madhumita Saikia, senior journalist Samim Sultana Ahmed, passionate bike rider Nirmali Nath, actor and model Yankee Parashar and promising athlete Aranyanee Gogoi were feted for remarkable contributions in their respective fields.
As part of its Women’s Day programme, SMC’89 Guwahati today organised an awareness workshop under ‘Mission Pragya’ – a project for spreading awareness among girl students related to physical and social issues – among students of PCPS Girls’ Polytechnic, Bamunimaidam.
Anurita Pathak Hazarika, human rights activist and director of North East Network and Dr Dipti Goswami, gynaecologist and social activist spoke on the occasion. Dr Goswami spoke on the importance of personal hygiene of adolescent girls. Pathak spoke at length on the safety of women in public and work places and the different laws and rights related to the girl child.