International Women’s Day marked across Kashmir


    SRINAGAR : To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to pledge support to help forge gender parity, many functions were held today to mark International Women’s Day.

    The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is “Be Bold For Change”.

    In Srinagar, Women’s Study Centre of Government College of Education organized a two-day seminar titled ‘Creating Space, Not sympathy for Women’ to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    Legislator, Anjum Fazli, who was chief guest, discussed in detail role of women in creating and maintaining the social circle.

    She said that it is a good sign that today women stand shoulder-to-shoulder in all fields and have made their mark be it in Government or private sector.

    Later, Ms Fazli inaugurated Art Gallery at the Women’s Study Centre, depicting various illustrations made by artists on women and womanhood.

    A daylong seminar highlighting the importance of the Day was organized by Women’s Studies Centre and Dean College Development Council, University of Kashmir in collaboration with State Commission for Women at auditorium of EMMRC here today.

    Chairperson State Women’s Commission, Ms Nayeema Ahmed Mehjoor was the chief guest on the occasion, while as Vice chancellor Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Andrabi, presided over the function.

    Speaking on the occasion, Nayeema Mehjoor highlighted the importance of celebrating women’s day and called for socio-economic development of women. She said that the Commission will carry out a mass campaign of public education and awareness about the rights available to women under the State and Centre laws. She added that the aim of Commission is to make women aware of their rights and empower them. The Vice Chancellor, in his presidential address called for reviving and preserving ethical principles and moral values.

    Later, the chairperson visited Government College of Education and addressed the audience about challenges being faced by the working women.

    In Baramulla, under the direction Principal District & Sessions Judge, Syed Touqeer Ahmad, an awareness programme highlighting rights of women was held in Tangmarg in collaboration with Tehsil Legal services Committee Tangmarg.

    On the occasion, speakers urged the women participants to seek redressal of their grievances and made them aware of their rights. Many functions were also organized by Tehsil Legal Services Committee Sopore, Pattan and Boniyar to celebrate the Day.