Outstanding Women-Achievers Felicitated At a function to felicitate some outstanding women- achievers, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Indian Council for Human Relations at RCSC on March 7 the speakers laid deep stress on the empowerment of women. Held on the eve of the International Women's Day, the function comprised an award-giving ceremony and a panel discussion on "Protection of Women's Rights in the Modern World".
Addressing a large gathering, Dr. Najma Heptulla, former Chairperson, Rajya Sabha, and Member of Parliament, lauded the commendable role played by women in nation- building activities. Pointing out that today in every walk of life woman shows her worth, she made a clarion call on the protection of woman's dignity, honour and rights. Recalling her old association with the RCSC, Dr. Heptullah lauded the sincere efforts of the Centre in organizing such functions on a noble cause. She also wished the women-achievers more success in their future endeavour.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Salem Saleh Al-Wahishi, Chief Representative of League of Arab States Mission in India, underlined the rights and privileges of women enjoyed in countries like India and Russia. Crossing all barriers, women deserve equality with men, he added. Dr. Najma Heptulla, along with H. E. Dr. Ahmed Salem Saleh Al-Wahishi, gave away Awards for excellence to some woman-celebrities such as Maa Sushma, for religious services, Dr. Kiran Modi, for community work, Dr. Nisha, for service to community, Mr. Uma Vasudev, for literary work, Dr. P. Sharma, for education, Ms. Bahar Dutt, for environmental activities and education, Mrs. Ludmilla Chakrabarty, for painting, Mrs. Klera Singh, for the art of painting and broadcasting, Mrs. Alla Artur, promotion of dance, Mrs. Nataliya Kurochkina (Chamber of Commerce & Industry), Mrs. Savitri Roshan Lal, Life-Time Award, Mrs. Seema Abid, Secretary, Indo-Arab Fraternity, and Ms. Senorita Issace, Bombay, for social service. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Director, RCSC, noted that it is momentous to deliberate on the rights of women across the world cutting across all barriers particularly on the eve of celebrating a glittering day in their life.
Mr. Ranji Thomas, Secretary, AICC, while lauding the efforts of women in showing a great mark in every field they are working, called for more initiatives to have greater recognition and encouragement for them. Tracing the background of the International Women's Day, Mr. Maxim Kozlov, Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that Russia started celebrating International Women's Day in 1913, but it was only after the February Revolution of 1917 that women in Russia got the vote, and the first woman was appointed as a minister. She was Countess Sofia Panina and headed the ministry of social care. October Revolution proclaimed equal rights for women and men, and thereafter it was endorsed by several constitutions of the country. Article 19 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equal rights and equal opportunities to women and men. Prioritizing of social issues by government in recent years has helped to alleviate a number of problems faced by women. The number of woman leaders of Russia's 89 Federal Regions has doubled.
The share of women Deputies in the current State Duma, elected to serve from 2008 to 2011, has increased compared with the previous Duma, from 9.8 per cent to 14 per cent. International Women's Day is marked every year in Russia on March 8 to recognize women for their strength, achievements, leadership and contribution, Mr. Maxim Kozlov concluded. He congratulated the women award winners. Mr. K. L. Malhotra, General Secretary, Indian Council for Human Relations, proposed a vote of thanks. The official part of the function was accompanied by a cultural prograamme presented by the Russian Embassy School.