Mukhi harps on women empowerment; acknowledges phenomenal success of women achievers

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GUWAHATI, March 9: Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi said, “We need to take responsibility for making our society more embracive, inclusive and sensible where women get fair share in the socio, economic, political and cultural development narratives of the state”.

Speaking as the chief guest in the celebrations of International Women’s Day at Gauhati University on Friday, organised by the Department of Women Studies, Gauhati University Governor Prof. Mukhi underscored the need of making International Women’s Day more than a celebration and transform it into an agenda setting occasion for empowerment of women.

Governor Prof. Mukhi said, “Women folk constitute a substantial chunk of our entire human resources and without the empowerment of women our society cannot progress”.

He however stated that empowerment in the right sense of the term means providing adequate opportunities to every woman folk to help them achieve their aspirations. He also said that an empowered India should provide opportunities to every woman to achieve her potential through education, health care, nutrition and employment. He also stated that the fact that the country’s position is not that encouraging in human development index, women empowerment becomes a paramount importance.

Assam Governor also said that women have demonstrated their leadership in governance, diplomacy, social norm, politics and gender equality and therefore, a society cannot have the leverage of putting them away from the agenda of priorities.

On the occasion of International women’s Day, the Governor said, “I pay my reverence to those women achievers around the world who have overcome all impediments and pushed the frontiers of women leadership and have paved the path for other women to follow in their footsteps and become future leaders”. He also offered his tributes to several women achievers like Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, Indira Gandhi of India, Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May of the UK, Golda Meir of Israel etc who had steered their respective countries to the path of excellence. He also made a mention to the achievements of the astronauts like Sunita Williams and Kalpana Chawla, Business Executives like Indira Nooyi who curved a niche for themselves in their respective fields. Even in our defense forces, flight lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi is one of the first female fighter pilots of India who is a source of inspiration to all other Indians. Even in sports the names of Hima Das, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and many others made their country proud through their achievements.

The Governor also conferred awards to Women Achievers of Gauhati University. The achievers are the girl toppers from the different faculties of the university in the academic year 2016-18 as well as the toppers of the Inter University Youth festivals in the field of culture and sports.

Vice chancellor of Gauhati University Dr.Mridul Hazarika, Head of the Department of Women Studies, Gauhati University Dr.Alpana Borgohain also spoke on the occasion.

Kutchina Foundation

International Women’s Day was celebrated by Kutchina Foundation for the first time in Guwahati, Assam through a day-long programme named “Kutchina Krittika Carnival 2019”.  Popular Assamese actress Nishita Goswami, Dr. Sreeparna Baruah, Head, Centre for Industrial Extension and other eminent luminaries of the city were present as special guests to support the occasion.

The carnival was organised with the help of three Kutchina Krittikas of North East India namely Samim Sultana of Guwahati who is running her own initiative of homemade food called Lunch Box, Bhaotina Mushahary of Kokhrajhar, Assam who is working for the development of the disabled women of her area and Faihamti Longmailai of Dimapur, Nagaland who is working for the youth of her city.



International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated on Friday by the department of Political Science at Royal Global University (RGU). Prof. (Dr.) Nilima Bhagabati, Former Professor, Department of Education, Gauhati University delivered a talk on the “Balance for Better.” Prof. Alak Buragohain, Chairperson (Academic) chaired the session and was attended by Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) S. P. Singh, faculty, staff and students of the university.

Prof. (Dr.) Nilima Bhagabati stated that gender equality will be possible if Govt. can improve gender representation in growth policies. Women should get sufficient space and independence, especially in decision making roles. Govt. should find innovative implementations to safeguard women in society like access to public services. She stressed on change of mindsets, starting early in life, especially from home. International Women’s Day is everyday, according to her.



Airports Authority of India at Guwahati Airport celebrated the spirit of womanhood with a series functions on International Women’s Day on Friday.

This day is celebrated on March 8 each year in honour of their remarkable contribution to the society. The day also commemorates the inspiring role of women around the world to secure women’s rights and build more equitable societies.

To honour them, the entire operations of all Air Traffic movements were controlled by the women ATCOs (Air Traffic Control officers) of Guwahati Airport on the day. The women ATC team of Guwahati Airport took over the full operations of Aircrafts at the Airport since the morning in different shifts.

Smart classrooms for ATCOs: A smart class was projected by the ATC incharge of the Airport to cater to the mandatory sensitization and refresher classes for the future online exams for the ATCOs licenses. The speciality of the project is that the basic smart class was operationalised by a lady incharge, on the occasion on the International Women’s Day the entrepreneur or vendor was a women.


Base Hospital

International Women’s Day was celebrated on Friday at 151 Base Hospital, Basistha Guwahati.  On the occasion, a series of health lectures and health camp was organised for the families of Narangi and Basistha Military Station. 160 families participated in the event. The event was inaugurated by Brig Yoginder Singh, Commandant 151 Base hospital. A health screening camp was also conducted which included medical examination and blood tests to screen the ladies for disease like Anaemia,  thyroid disorder, Diabetes mellitus and hypertension.



Border Security Force observed ‘International Women’s Day’ at Guwahati Ftr HQ and Field Formations under command on Friday. The event was organised under the aegis of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), to promote sense of justice, dignity and equality of women amongst people.



International Human Rights & Anti Crime Organisations Assam in collaboration with Morigaon College Women Forum celebrated International Women’s Day in Morigaon district. The organization conducted a free eye check up in support of Pragjyoti Eye Care Guwahati on the occasion. The programme was attended by more than 300 people in the presence of IHRACO state president Shashank Bharat, organising secretary to state Dr. Bedanta Deka secretary to the state women & Child welfare Monalisa Gogoi secretary Treasurer Shankar Poddar.

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