I extend my greetings to all the women around the world, especially women in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on International Women's Day, which is an occasion to celebrate and emulate the success of women in different walks of life.

The contributions made by women in today’s fast changing as well as challenging society are highly laudable and their role in every field is no less than their male counterparts.

In fact, women have proved their mettle far better than men in many fields. Women are our strength, women are our inspiration.

In Andaman and Nicobar Islands we have several examples in sports, education, health, politics and business fields, where women have done extremely well.

As we celebrate this day in recognition of achievements made by our womenfolk in social, economic, cultural and political fields, let’s call for accelerating gender parity and women empowerment.

Kuldeep Rai Sharma

Member of Parliament

Andaman and Nicobar Islands