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International Women's Day 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind to present Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

The 2019 International Women's Day was observed in India by the way of conferring the Nari Shakti Awards to various individuals and organisations that are working towards empowering women.

Mar 8, 2019 10:26 IST
International Women's Day 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind to present Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

8 March: International Women's Day

The International Women's Day 2019 was observed across the world on March 8, 2019 with an aim to empower women in all settings, be it rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who work constantly to assert women’s rights and realise their full potential.

The Day is observed to stand in harmony with all those fearless women fighting for gender equality, and highlight those women who often pass unnoticed.

Theme: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’

The 2019 theme ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality and empower women, particularly in the areas of social protection, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

Women empowerment and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

International Women's Day is also an opportunity to achieve the goal number 4 & 5 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number

 

How International Women’s Day 2019 was celebrated in India?

The 2019 International Women's Day was observed in India by the way of conferring the Nari Shakti Awards to various individuals and organisations that are working towards empowering women.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will confer the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018. This year, 44 awardees have been selected for the Award.

This year, one of the winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar is the ‘One Stop Centre’ which have shown exceptional progress in improving child sex ratio at birth under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.

Nari Shakti Puraskar

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is the national honour conferred on individual women for their exceptional achievement and exemplary service to the cause of upliftment of women.

Established in 1991, the awards are conferred by the President of India on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8 every year at New Delhi.

The award recognises the spirit of courage of women in difficult circumstances and the pioneering contribution of an individual in empowering women and raising women's issues.

About International Women's Day (IWD)

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.

Two years later in December 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.