Port Blair, March 9: The Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association, A&N Islands organized a function at Crusade House, Port Blair on 08th March, 2021 to celebrate the International Women’s Day. A seminar was organized on the topic “Women’s Equal rights in Health and Safety at Work and in Society” as a part of the programme.

Inaugurating the Seminar Ms. Salma Bibi, Deputy Secretary, A&N Administration exhorted women employees to create their space through determination and hard work. She also said each and every girl should be trained for self-defense as such training will instill confidence in them to deal with safety issues at work place and in society.

Ms. Suma Nair, a senior office-bearer of the Association who presided the meeting, explained the origin and objectives of the International women’s day. She further explained the importance of women’s equal rights in health.

Ms. T.S. Premlatha, Office Superintendent, A&N Administration recalled various incidents to explain that women are better to dealt with crises than men. She also said the nations with women heads like New Zealand performed in an exemplary way during Covid crisis and managed health and safety issues more effectively.

Ms Anitha Nath (PGT Education Department), Ms Meena Kumari (Radiologist, GB Pant Hospital), Ms Shabana Begum (AC Cadre), etc presented their views on women’s equal rights and safety at work place and in Society.

In the session for girl students, Ms Praveena Paulson, 1st year MBBS student, ANIIMS invited the attention to various inequalities prevailing in the present society and said the fire is there in every woman to overcome the hurdles. Ms Shahida and Ms Saoimoh Shamim also placed their strong views for equal rights for women and the importance of family atmosphere to achieve it.

In the cultural session that followed, Ms. Mehrun Nisa (AC cadre) presented a scintillating poem on womanhood. Ms. Sunaina Kumari (GTT, Education) and S. Bindu Kumari (CI, Education Department) had also presented beautiful poems during the session.

Shri T.S. Sreekumar, General Secretary of the Association concluded the programme by stressing the need for a rethinking at family and society level to ensure equal rights for women in Health. He also underlined the necessity to allot more funds to ICDS to ensure better health to girls and women.

Earlier, the meeting honoured all Mukhya Sevikas working under the ICDS project for their outstanding service during the Covid crisis. Ms Indira Devi and Ms. Uma Devi received the honour on behalf of the Mukhya Sevikas.

A large number of employees from various Departments attended the programme. The programme started with the welcome address by Shri S L Vinjit and ended with vote of thanks by Shri R Rajendran, President of the Association.