March 8 : As the world celebrates the idea of womanhood today,Sameer Kumar Sharma delves into the lives of four city achievers who have carved a niche for themselves
Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but get only 10 per cent of the world’s income.
For over a century of celebrating the courage of women and honouring their economical,social and political prowess,the fairer sex has not only excelled in all fields,they have raised business empires,took on injustice against themselves and reached the corridors of power.
They have exceeded in numbers as well as fame in various areas as compared to their male counterparts. The 98th International Women’s Day,a global event,is held across the world to honour women for their achievements in economics,politics and social sector.
Among many women from the city who are inspiration to others today,Nimita Sharma has scripted a story of hard work and dedication despite her visual impairedness. There was a time when she thought things were all conspiring against her,but today she is teaching in the same college where she graduated from.
“My father did not want to send me to any special school and he put me in a school with all other normal students. Initially,my teachers would not allow me record but later I got the permission to record lectures and started brailling them,” she tells about her experiences.
Nimita not only went on to get a gold medal in BA (Hon),she also topped in Panjab University Chandigarh in MA (Vocal) and later in M Phil. Winner of ZEE TV’s Close-up Antakshari contest in 2000,she has been teaching music at the Government College for Women for the past 14 years.
As for Aarti Girdher,who set up one of the first beauty salons back in 1991 when there was very little scope for it,she carved a niche for herself by setting up Piazza,a successful business in the beauty industry. “I had come from a small town,Muktsar,where I was running a beauty salon,the first in the region there. Later when I decided to come to Ludhiana,there were some fears in mind. However,by and by the city has been really kind to me.”
In politics,Amrit Varsha Rampal,councillor in Ludhiana Municipal Corporation,who is the two-time winner now,had started her political career when the seat where her husband contested was declared a reserved seat.
However,she did not only pick up the nuances of politics fast,she earned
the respect in the local political circles by her boldness.
“Politics is a male dominating domain. The male leaders try to outshine the women leaders. Women should,therefore,accept the challenge,as I did and that too confidently,” she asserts. Rampal put her words into practice and the second time she contested elections,she beat up a well-known male leader from the opposite party.
Pappo Abnash Singh,known for her social services,especially in resolving matrimonial disputes,has been serving the society for over two decades now. In the 80s,she set up the Association for Social Health in India (ASHI) which has so far resolved over 300 matrimonial disputes. “It gives a sense of satisfaction that I have made a difference in lives of people,” she beams. She was also selected for her services as a member of the Punjab State Legal Services Authority in 2000 and has been part of numerous Lok Adalats as member of district Lok Adalat ever since.