A glittering ceremony marked the celebration of International Women’s Day in the city on Sunday. Kanchan Gadkari, Working President of Sanskar Bharti and Chairperson of Seva Sadan was the chief guest of the programme that was held at NMC’s Raje Raghuji Bhonsale Nagar Bhavan (Town Hall) in Mahal.
Delivering her speech, Kanchan Gadkari said, “The nation is basking under the glory of outstanding works and heritage of Rajmata Jijau, Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, Ahilyabai Holkar and Savitribai Phule. But the recent happenings in the country raise the question in one’s mind: Why should such happenings occur? If a woman in family receives good education the family becomes a well cultured one. Therefore, every woman should become self-reliant and every woman should fight against atrocities. Even she should take the form of Durga Mata. If a woman is given moral support then she can live happily in her home and also make other members happy notwithstanding whether she is rich or poor or belonging to any religion. On this occasion of International Women’s Day every woman should vow and ensure that other women become self-reliant,” said Kanchan Gadkari.
On the occasion, many women of matters were felicitated under the auspices of “Swayamsidhha” programme for exceptional contribution in their respective fields. Others seated on the dais included Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, DSP Dr Arti Singh, Principal of South Point School Dr Mrunalini Dasture, Chairperson of Women and Child Welfare Committee Ashwini Jichkar, Social Welfare Officer Sudha Iraskar and others.
Two little girls, Sakshi Kishore Didpaye and Pallavi Kadav, in the befitting attires presented one-act plays namely “Mi Savitribai Phule boltey and “Meri Jhansi nahi dungi” respectively. Care Hospital’s Gynaecologist Dr Neha Bhargav gave a presentation on cancers in women specifically the breast cancer, uterus cancer, their symptoms and care to be taken.
Boys and girls demonstrated the martial art skills under the guidance of Gyaneshwar Gurav and Savita Pande on behalf of Nirbhaya Beti Suraksha Abhiyan Samiti.
Other colourful cultural and social programmes were organized on the occasion to mark the International Women’s Day.
The Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Ruling Party Leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Chairperson of Committee Ashwini Jichkar, DSP Dr Arti Singh and Dr Mrunalini Dasture also delivered their speeches on the occasion.
Those women who were felicitated for their outstanding contribution in respective fields included Ashatai Rajeshwar Raut (farmer), Adv Priyanka Durgadas Verma (Lawyer), Ekta Khante (Sports), Singer Sonali Dixit (Culture), Pradnya Raut (rehabilitation of mentally challenged children), Dr Kavita Rattan (environmentalist), Anoma Sakhre (Bharatnatyam exponent), Leena Budhe (Social worker), Shailaja Subhedar (Social worker), Jayashree Dhok (Educational field), Bebitai Raut (Housewife) and Monika Vipani (Yoga and Sanskar Teacher).