Manali: The International Women’s Day observed here was aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements. Reducing the global pay gap between men and women and making sure all are equal – and balanced – in activist movements, boardrooms and beyond.
“It’s a time to reflect on the progress for women and call for ways to address the unfinished business in working. The day celebrates “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, “toward equality,” said Dhaneshwari Thakur Zila Parishad Member from Kullu.
The organizers encourage women to host events that are “all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level.”
Overseas, there will be commemorations Friday and through the weekend. The girls 12 to 18 will learn how to code, develop apps. In Manali, mass walkouts on local mall road were planned for 3 p.m. local time Friday to demand action on various gender-based issues, including violence and harassment against women, the gender pay gap, labor conditions and reproductive rights.
At Campaign for Female Education, a non-profit that supports education for girls worldwide, organizers are encouraging everyone to “pause and consider the challenges many women face around the world” and how they can make a difference, according to Dhaneshwari Thakur
Mera Sharma , a first lady of Kullu district who is IFS also called for women to create a dialogue among friends, family and coworkers to support women and their passions and ideas.
“Women are great at organizing in their own communities and asking tough questions,” while speaking on occasion she said. “We’re living in an amazing time where we can recognize the talents of so many women.”
International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909 when an estimated 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding fair wages, labor standards and guaranteed voting rights.
The award was given to Meera Sharma for serving in ZIKA project as Conservator of forest, Dr Dechen Wangmo working as Medical officer actively providing information on cancer amongst women, and Smt Pushpa Talwar social worker for contributing to welfare of orphans.
Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice.
He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express.
With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology.
Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.