International Women’s Day: President Pranab Mukherjee to give away ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the Nari Shakti Puraskars in New Delhi. The award is given to eminent(प्रतिष्ठित) women and institutions in recognition(मान्यता) of their service towards the cause of women empowerment. In his message on International Women’s Day, President Mukherjee said generations of Indian women have made an invaluable contribution to the development and progress of the country. He said the Centre has introduced and implemented historic legislations and far sighted programmes for women’s empowerment and equal participation in nation building. He said ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is an important initiative to prevent female foeticide (भ्रूणहत्या) and provide educational opportunities for female children in the country. President Mukherjee also called upon the people to reaffirm (पुनः पुष्टि करें) their commitment to gender equality and the true empowerment of women. The Defence Ministry will organise the awareness programme on the problem of anaemia on the occasion. The Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry is also organizing a conference on Women and Sports in India.
On the occasion of Women’s Day on March 8, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) will confer the Nari Shakti Puraskar to over 33 awardees to honour their contributions to the field of women empowerment(सशक्तिकरण). To be given out by President at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the awards will be conferred to awardees as diverse as Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl of Aizawl to Goa-based artist Amruta Patil. Also on the list are Alok Dixit of Chhanv Foundations for the Sheroes Cafe that hires survivors of acid attacks, Nagaland journalist Bano Haralu, and Ringyuichom Vashum, who runs the Ukhrul District Women Institute of Micro-Credit in Ukhrul in Manipur.
Leena Nair, secretary of WCD, said the awards are important in more ways than one. “They are to bring to the fore iconic women figures who are role models for women around the country to emulate,” said Nair.
Definitions of recognition मान्यता
the action or process of recognizing or being recognized, in particular.
synonyms: identification, recollection, remembrance