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International Women’s Day 2020: No door in armed forces should be closed for women, says Rajnath Singh

International Women's Day 2020: With the theme "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights", the UN aims to focus on the need to bring gender parity in the new decade.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2020 8:01:01 am
international women's day 2020, pm modi on women's day, sheinpsires modi women's day, un women's day theme, women's day india celebrations, india news, indian express Citing the example of Tania Shergill, who led an all-men contingent in the Republic Day Parade this year, Singh said women are now leading on many fronts which were once not even open for them. (File)

International Women’s Day 2020: President Ram Nath Kovind was present along with his wife Savita Kovind and the Union Cabinet Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani to award the Nari Shakti Puraskars on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The fifteen winners present today came from diverse backgrounds but were united in their spirit and zest to do something for their community and inspire several women. Among them was a 103-year-old Mann Kaur who has won more than 30 medals in sports events across the world.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Women’s Day saluted the spirit and accomplishments of ‘Nari Shakti’. The prime minister announced on Twitter today that seven women achievers will share their life journeys through his social media accounts. “As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts.” he said

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Ever since the United Nations adopted March 8 as International Women’s Day in 1977, the day is celebrated across the globe as an occasion to honour womanhood and the progress made by women in all walks of life. With the theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, the world body aims to focus on the need to bring gender parity in the new decade.

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UN's theme for Women's Day 2020 is Gender Equality, as PM Modi hands over his social media accounts to women achievers in the country.

21:17 (IST)08 Mar 2020
No door in armed forces should be closed for women: Rajnath Singh

Women's participation in armed forces has increased over the years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday and expressed the view that no door in the forces should remain closed for them. Citing the example of Tania Shergill, who led an all-men contingent in the Republic Day Parade this year, Singh said women are now leading on many fronts which were once not even open for them. Speaking at the NITI Aayog-organised 'Women Transforming India Awards", he said it is the priority of the Modi government to further empower women in armed forces. (PTI)

19:48 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Niti Aayog confers awards on women changemakers on International Women's Day

The Niti Aayog on Sunday conferred awards on 15 women from different areas for their ground-breaking endeavours and displaying role as changemakers. These women from different walks of life were felicitated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Since 2018, the awards have been hosted under the aegis of Niti Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) with special focus on entrepreneurship. (PTI)

17:24 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Kashmir's Arifa shares her success story with PM Modi

Kashmir's Arifa shares her success story during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after receiving 'Nari Shakti Puraskar'.

17:22 (IST)08 Mar 2020
PM Modi interacts with 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' awardee Bhudevi

PM Modi while interacting with 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' awardee Bhudevi said, "I congratulate you for your efforts. Govt this year has taken up a very big mission for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), you must avail its benefits."

17:05 (IST)08 Mar 2020
This is how woman achiever responded when user asked for PM's Twitter password

A hilarious tweet from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter handle is making rounds on the internet and to everyone’s surprise, it is not tweeted by the PM but by a Chennai-based social worker. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Modi had signed off from all of his social media handles and handed them over to seven women achievers for them to “share their life’s journey” for the day. “As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts,” Modi had said on Sunday, after issuing women day greetings. Read more here

16:58 (IST)08 Mar 2020
PM Modi interacts with Nari Shakti Awardees

PM Modi while interacting with 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' awardees said, "When you started your work, you must have done it as a mission or to do something valuable in life or would have just gone with the flow. It must have not been for reward but today you've become inspiration for others."

16:31 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Seventh women to take over PM's social media is a mushroom grower

Veena Devi, fondly known as 'Mushroom Mahila' for popularizing mushroom cultivation, was one of the awardees. Devi, 43, is a mushroom grower and was 'sarpanch' of Dhauri Panchayat, Tetiabamber block for five years. She has trained farmers on mushroom farming, organic farming, vermin-compost production, organic insecticide preparation at home. She has been awarded for popularising mushroom production in five blocks and 105 neighbouring villages in Munger district, impacting 1,500 women.  She has been involved in spreading digital literacy and was awarded for training 700 women on how to use mobile phones by Tata Trusts.

16:14 (IST)08 Mar 2020
From bomb-blast survivor to water crusader, meet the women who took over PM’s social media accounts

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed off from his social media accounts Sunday, women achievers took over the handles to share their life stories with the rest of the world on International Women’s Day. Sending out greetings on Twitter in the morning, PM Modi said, “We salute the spirit and accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts.” Read more here

15:52 (IST)08 Mar 2020
International Women’s Day: How safe do women feel in Tripura?

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, many women in Tripura say they haven’t heard of the occasion at all and those who have, feel token celebrations won’t ensure their safety and freedom in the society. Tripura was dubbed as the capital of crimes against women in 2010 with 46.5 per cent of all crimes registered against women, then highest in the country as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports. Seven years later, the figures came down significantly with the state ranking 14 in crimes against women in 2017. NCRB report for the year came after a delay of two years in October last year; current reports are yet to come.

15:49 (IST)08 Mar 2020
How a mother and daughter’s shared love for reading made them start an online book store

There is no greater love than the love for books. Even better, when it is shared in the family. Thirty-two-year-old Deepthi Rohith was on her maternity leave when the idea to start an online book store came to her. She shared it with her family, pronto, and breathed life into the now-thriving Owlets Reading Room which, in her own words, is “India’s first WhatsApp-based books and toy store for kids aged 0 to 9”. This International Women’s Day, the Bengaluru-based freelance soft skills trainer, psychology graduate (who also has an MBA in HR), and a mother of two, tells indianexpress.com over the mail why she decided to start this venture with her parents, what teaming up with her own mother was like, and why it is important for young parents to inculcate the habit of reading in their children. Read more here

15:27 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Fifth women to take over PM's social media is an artisan from Banjara community of rural Maharashtra

The fifth woman to take over PM's social media account was Vijaya Pawar, an artisan from Banjara community of rural Maharashtra. "You have heard about handicrafts from different parts of India. My fellow Indians, I present to you handicrafts of the Banjara community in rural Maharashtra. I have been working on this for the last 2 decades and have been assisted by a thousand more women," she wrote.

15:22 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Meet Telangana's Padala Bhudevi who has worked for development of tribal women

Padala Bhudevi, 40, has been working for the development of tribal women, widows, Podu lands through a community based organization- CAVS (Chinnai Adhivasi Vikas Society), established by her father, in 1996. She was awarded for training 30 women in making mehendi cones and hair care products. Despite being forcefully married at the age of 11 years, facing mental and physical torture from husband and in-laws, Padala Bhudevi has come a long way, single handedly raising three daughters and successfully motivating women to participate in agri-entrepreneural activities. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Women's Day: ITBP releases song composed and sung by jawan

A jawan of the border guarding force ITBP has composed and sung a Hindi song to mark International Women's Day on Sunday, officials said. The 7:24 minute audio-visual song, titled 'Lado, meri lado', was released by the force on its official social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Head constable Arjun Kheriyal is a singing talent of the force and the song narrates the contribution of women for the family and nation-building, an ITBP spokesperson said. It has been composed and sung by the 35-year-old jawan who joined the force in 2002 and is currently posted in Delhi, he told news agency PTI.

15:17 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Meet Kalavati Devi, a 58-year-old lady mason

The award was also conferred on Kalavati Devi, a 58-year-old lady mason, who acted as a driving force towards reducing open defecation in the district of Kanpur.  She is responsible for building over 4,000 toilets in villages in and around Kanpur and has gone door to door to create awareness about the ills of open defecation.  (PTI)

15:13 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Meet Mann Kaur, also known as 'Miracle from Chandigarh'

Another awardee was 103-year-old Mann Kaur. Known as 'Miracle from Chandigarh', Kaur started her athletic career at the age of 93. She won four Gold (Track and Field) at World Masters Athletic Championship, Poland and has set a record by becoming the world's fastest centenarian at the American Masters Game, 2016. She has been associated with Fit India Movement and is the oldest person to walk along the top of Auckland's Sky Tower (2017). (PTI)

15:10 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Meet Bina Devi, fondly known as 'Mushroom Mahila'

Bina Devi, fondly known as 'Mushroom Mahila' for popularizing mushroom cultivation, was one of the awardees. Devi, 43, is a mushroom grower and was 'sarpanch' of Dhauri Panchayat, Tetiabamber block for five years. She has trained farmers on mushroom farming, organic farming, vermin-compost production, organic insecticide preparation at home. She has been awarded for popularising mushroom production in five blocks and 105 neighbouring villages in Munger district, impacting 1,500 women.  She has been involved in spreading digital literacy and was awarded for training 700 women on how to use mobile phones by Tata Trusts. (PTI)

14:53 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Flight lieutenant Bhawana Kanth: Award privilege to us for all hard work we put through


After receiving Nari Shakti Puraskar, Flight lieutenant Bhawana Kanth said, "Such an award is a privilege to us for all the hard work we put through. It gives a lot of motivation to the services that we are doing and to all the ladies who aspire of becoming something in the future."

14:25 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Fourth women to take over PM's social media, a water conservation and rainwater harvesting advocate

Kalpana Ramesh who has undertaken extensive rainwater harvesting initiatives and advocates water conservation is the fourth woman to take over PM's social media accounts today. Ramesh solicited for sustainable use of water. Small efforts can make a big impact.  Water is a valuable inheritance we got. Let's not deprive our next generations. Contribute by using water responsibly, harvesting rainwater, saving lakes, recycling used water and creating awareness, "she tweeted via prime minister's account. The spirit of dreaming big and not giving up was resonated in her tweets.

14:20 (IST)08 Mar 2020
A craftswoman who aims to revive kashmiri craft industry, the third women to take over PM's social media

A craftswoman who wishes to revive the crafts industry in Kashmir and empower local women is the third woman to take over PM's social media accounts for Women's Day. Emphasising the need for women to become self-reliant Arifa said "This gesture by PM  @narendramodi has boosted my morale and it'll help me to work harder for the betterment of craft as well as the artisans all over Kashmir. I feel it is important for more women to focus on becoming self-reliant and help other women."

13:32 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Women’s day special: An all-women crew ran this passenger train in Hyderabad

As part of the International Women’s Day campaign organized by the Indian Railways between March 1 and 10, the South Central Railways Friday launched an all-women-run passenger train between Secunderabad and Vikarabad. The train was flagged off by the women staff of Secunderabad railway station and had on board women personnel as the loco pilot, assistant loco pilot, train guard, TTEs and RPF personnel.  Read more..

Adopted by the UN in the year 1977, the day is observed across the globe with special events dedicated to women. Every year a theme is picked for the day. This year, it is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The UN Women has been focusing on the Generation Equality campaign for years. It aims at “bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country”, in a bid to drive actions that will lead to a “gender-equal world we all deserve”.

It first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th Century in North America and across Europe. T he day was initially celebrated as International Working Women’s Day and is believed to be held at a socialist-political event in New York City in 1909.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called 2020 as a “massive year for gender equality” and said the year was all about “Generation Equality”, in which “we’re mobilizing to realize women’s rights, and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action” – the historic and landmark gender equality plan drawn up in the Chinese capital.

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