On International Women’s Day, Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha has expressed his greetings and best wishes to all women. He emphasized the significant role that women have played in the socio-economic development of J&K UT and called for collective responsibility to encourage their participation at all levels in economic development. He also stressed the need to create an ecosystem that ensures the security, honour, and respect of women in society and urged everyone to redouble their efforts towards an equitable digital future and active participation of women in nation-building.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration and call to action for advancing gender equality and empowering women. The day serves as an important platform to raise awareness of critical issues such as violence and abuse against women, access to reproductive rights, and gender discrimination. This year’s theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” honours women and girls who are leading the way in digital innovation and education, while also highlighting the need to protect women’s rights in the digital sphere and tackle online gender-based violence. The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced back to the early 1900s. The first Women’s Day was observed in 1909 as a national holiday in the United States, where women marched for their rights in New York City. The idea of an International Women’s Day was proposed in 1910 by Clara Zetkin at the second International Conference of Working Women in Denmark. The following year, on March 9th, 1911, International Women’s Day was observed for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Since then, the day has become a powerful symbol of women’s resilience, courage, and determination in the face of discrimination and inequality. The United Nations officially adopted International Women’s Day in 1977 and designated March 8th as the date for its annual observance. Today, the day is celebrated around the world, providing an opportunity to reflect on progress made and to call for continued action toward gender equality.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is important for governments at all levels to take action to promote gender equality and empower women in their communities. They can achieve this by investing in programs and services that support women’s economic and social empowerment, and creating policies and regulations that promote gender equity in the workplace, and other spheres of life. By taking concrete steps to challenge gender bias and inequality, governments can help create a more just and equitable society for all. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made in promoting gender equality and justice and to renew our commitment to achieving these goals. By acknowledging the contributions of women and their struggles, we can celebrate their achievements and promote gender equality. As we move forward, let us continue to work towards a future where women and girls can thrive and reach their full potential.
Our J&K government’s commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality is commendable. By recognizing the significance of International Women’s Day and celebrating women’s contributions to society, the government has shown its dedication to creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable society for all. The government’s focus on eradicating the gender gap in digital access is a step towards a more equitable future. The call for collective responsibility to encourage women’s participation in economic development and ensure their security, honour, and respect in society is a progressive move that deserves praise.
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