International Women’s Day is being observed today. The day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year to help forge a gender equal world, celebrate women’s achievements and their increasing visibility in every sphere of life. This day celebrates the cultural, political, economic and social achievements of women. It also highlights the extraordinary roles played by women in almost every walk of life and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women. The theme this year is – Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.
AIR correspondent reports that at every occasion, women have brought glory and laurels to the country and proved their abilities in various fields be it land, air and water. The Central Government has accorded high priority to the empowerment of women and undertaken many initiatives including access to education, better healthcare and improving gender sensitivity.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has prevented gender biased sex selective elimination and ensured survival and protection of the girl child. Government also enacted the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act to abolish the practice of instant Triple Talaq. The law has contributed towards women empowerment and dignity.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has provided free of cost cooking gas to women. Now there is no need for women to venture into forests to get firewood for cooking.
Over 700 one stop centres have become operational in 35 States and Union Territories, providing a range of integrated service under one roof to the women affected by violence and in distress.