Women’s Day 2021 Highlights: Special schemes, protest march and new trends celebrate one half of world

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Updated: March 8, 2021 8:56:15 pm

The theme of this year's Women's Day is -- Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world. 

International Women’s DayOn Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra greeted women on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day HIGHLIGHTS: March 8 is observed as International Women’s Day to celebrate the spirit of women. The aim is to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge their increasing visibility in every sphere of life. The idea behind celebrating the day is also to highlight the extraordinary roles played by women in almost every walk of life and salute their courage and determination. The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is — Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.

On Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted women on the occasion of International Women’s Day. PM Modi said India takes pride in their many accomplishments. Modi on Twitter said, “Saluting our indomitable #NariShakti on International Women’s Day! India takes pride in the many accomplishments of the women of our nation. It is our Government’s honour to be getting the opportunity to work towards furthering women empowerment across a wide range of sectors.”

President Kovid also took to Twitter to greet women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, he wrote on the social media platform. “Women in our country are setting new records and achievements in various fields. Let us collectively resolve to promote gender justice and eliminate inequality between women and men,” he tweeted.

 

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    20:51 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Increasing number of women paying for kids' education, says report

    More and more women are breaking the traditional gender roles, as a survey has revealed that in over 20 per cent of families surveyed, women are paying for their children's education now. The survey was conducted among 1.5 lakh education financing firm GrayQuest's women customers across the country, spread across 2,209 pin codes. According to the data, 28 per cent of the women borrowers belonged to non-metro cities. In more than 20 per cent of families, women are paying for their children's education, according to the GrayQuest report. - PTI

    20:48 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: EPFO office work overtime to clear all pending claims of women members

    Retirement fund body EPFO's Delhi West office worked on last weekend to settle all pending claims of women subscribers marking International Women Day on Monday. Women officials were supported by their male counterparts in this exercise, said Uttam Prakash Regional Provident Fund Commissioner Delhi west. All social security claims of women were processed or settled to celebrate International Women's Day. Talking to PTI, Prakash said that "100 per cent claims of Women processed to celebrate International Women's Day at EPFO Delhi West." The women officials at the EPFO Delhi West office located in Dwarka, took a unique challenge to celebrate International Women's day. - PTI

    20:29 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Thanks to liquor ban, women safe in Gujarat, says CM

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday said women were safe in the state because of total prohibition on liquor here. While addressing the Assembly on Monday, Rupani said any relaxation in these restrictions would jeopardize the security of women. "Women's safety and security is the responsibility of the government. Since liquor is a social evil, we never gave any relaxation in the prohibition policy. The day we give relaxations, women will no longer be safe," Rupani told the House on the occasion of International Women's Day. -PTI

    20:20 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: International Women s Day celebrated in Nagaland

    Marking the International Women's Day, Nagaland on Monday honoured and felicitated 10 women achievers and three women-led organisations in recognition of their services in different fields. In the state capital, two separate programmes were held to celebrate the occasion with Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCE), Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) coming together under Social Welfare Department while in the second, Women Resources Development Department conducted the MykiFest. - PTI

    20:13 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: All-woman COVID-19 vaccine booth launched in Karnataka

    Karnataka celebrated the participation of a large number of women in the war against coronavirus by launching a Pink vaccination booth for them on Monday, coinciding with International Women's Day. The state government has decided to set up one such vaccination booth, to be manned by women for women, in each district, authorities said. - PTI

    20:11 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: India women to square off against England in one-off Test

    BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Monday announced that the Indian women's team will be pitted against England in a one-off Test match, which will be held later this year. The last Test match that Mithali Raj and her team played was against South Africa women at Mysuru in December, 2014 and it will be another traditional format game after six long years. Currently, the 'Women in Blue' are playing the five-match ODI series against South Africa in Lucknow after almost 12 months of COVID-19 enforced break. This series will be followed by a T20 series. - PTI

    20:09 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: India Post recruits Woman customer Welfare Officer in 12 divisions of Kolkata region

    A Woman Customer Welfare Officer was recruited in each of the 12 divisions in India Post's Kolkata Region on March 8, the International Women's Day, an official statement said on Monday. The Customer Welfare Officers will look after the postal small savings and related requirement of the women and the elderly - services such as pension, stamp/stationary, speed post, SB account opening, postal life insurance/rural postal life insurance, delivery inquiry, postal rates enquiry, the statement said. - PTI

    20:07 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Activists paint barriers with names of victims in Mexico

    The names of women victimized by violence were painted on metal barriers hastily erected around Mexico's national palace late on Saturday, ahead of a major women's march as activists turned the fencing into a makeshift billboard for their movement.Near the front of the colonial-era building that serves as the president's offices, activists wrote: "Victims of Femicide" in huge letters across the top of the barriers, with the names of many women scrawled underneath.A day earlier, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. - Reuters

    19:59 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: ICC events for women to have more teams from 2026

    The ICC tournaments for women cricketers will have more teams from 2026 onwards with the governing body on Monday announcing its expansion plan for the game to mark the international women's day.The ICC said the T20 World Cup will have 12 teams instead of 10 from the 2026 edition. The ODI World Cup will also be expanded -- from eight teams to 10 -- from the 2029 edition. The 2024 T20 edition will continue to be a 10-team affair and the next two ODI World Cups will have eight teams which is the norm at the moment. - PTI

    19:55 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Zimbabwe''s women battle gender discrimination amid pandemic

    There are very few female truck drivers in Zimbabwe, but Molly Manatse doesn't like to be singled out for her gender. 'It has always been known as a male job, but don't say I am a female driver. We are just drivers, we do the same job,' insists 31-year old Manatse, a Zimbabwean truck driver whose income helps take care of relatives who have lost jobs due to COVID-19. From driving trucks and fixing cars to encouraging girls living with disabilities to find their places in society, women in Zimbabwe are refusing to be defined by their gender or circumstance, even as the pandemic hits them hardest and imposes extra burdens.

    19:53 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: FLOTUS Jill Biden helps honor women from 15 countries for courage

    US First lady Jill Biden says nearly two dozen women the State Department is honoring for their courage made an 'intentional decision' to persist and demand justice despite their fear. The 21 women being recognized Monday with the department's International Women of Courage Award include seven from Afghanistan who are receiving posthumous honors. 

    19:50 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Concession in stamp duty for women, increased tax on liquor in Maharashtra Budget

    The Maharashtra government's budget for 2021-22, presented on International Women's Day, offered one per cent concession in stamp duty if property is transferred exclusively in women's name. Deputy Chief Minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar on Monday presented a budget with revenue deficit of Rs 10,226 crore in the state Legislative Assembly. 

    19:47 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: 5 countries including India account for about half of total child brides in world

    Five countries, including India, account for about half of the total child brides in the world, according to a new analysis released by the UNICEF said on the occasion of International Women's Day. According to the analysis 'COVID-19: A threat to progress against child marriage', 10 million additional child marriages may occur before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing the practice.

    19:46 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Only 19 of 223 candidates announced so far in Assam are women

    Political parties make a plethora of promises to woo the 49.35 per cent strong women electorate in Assam but they score low in gender equality as evident from the preliminary list of candidates for the upcoming assembly polls in the state. With most of the parties having released their first list of candidates, only 19 are women of the 223 names that have been announced, comprising 8.52 per cent of the totalcandidates.

    19:44 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: 678 sexual harassment cases reported in 2019-20, says report

    Indian companies reported more cases of sexual harassment in 2019-20 compared to a year earlier, according to the Excellence Enablers' report on Corporate Governance. According to data compiled from annual reports of Nifty 50 by Corporate Excellence, 678 cases were reported under the anti-sexual harassment law in 2019-20 compared to 663 in 2018-19.

    19:38 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Blue Dart inaugurates its first women-run service centre in Navi Mumbai

    Blue Dart, South Asia's express air and integrated transportation and distribution company, on Monday said it is all set to launch its first 'Women Service Centre' in the city, a PTI report said. Located in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, the all-women service centre comprises a team of 16 enthusiastic women who don the role of managers, customer service representatives, security personnel as well as sales and counter staff, the company said in a statement.

    19:37 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Uttarakhand govt launches interest-free loan scheme for women SHGs

    The state government on Monday launched an interest-free loan scheme for women self-help groups and distributed loans worth Rs 5.27 crore among 156 such groups at a programme in Gairsain to mark International Women's Day, a PTI report said. Addressing the event virtually, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced a cash incentive of Rs 10,000 for all anganwadi and asha workers who offered their services during the COVID-19 crisis.

    19:35 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Women still prefer cash transactions followed by AadhaarPay, says survey

    A majority of women still prefer doing cash transactions followed by AadhaarPay, according to a survey. The survey of more than 3,500 retail stores to understand the financial transaction behaviour of women revealed that more than 65 per cent of women still prefer dealing in cash followed by AadhaarPay, UPI QR codes and cards.

    19:05 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Rajya Sabha members demand women reservation in Parliament, state assemblies

    Several Rajya Sabha members on International Women's Day on Tuesday pushed for at least one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, saying this will ensure they get adequate representation. The demand comes in the backdrop of a bill which sought to give 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies lapsing a few years ago. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion appreciated the services rendered by women members of the House for the country's development and prosperity. "We need to ensure an environment that allows women to express themselves to their full potential in the form of both words and deeds," he said and wished them more strength and power. The chairman also acknowledged the contribution of women citizens to the development of the nation. (PTI)

    18:43 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Padma Aangmo from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Leh declared 'Khushiyon ki Brand Ambassador'
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    18:22 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Padma Aangmo from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Leh declared 'Khushiyon ki Brand Ambassador'

    On International Women's Day, Minister of Education, Govt of India Shri @DrRPNishank declared Padma Aangmo from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Leh as the 'Khushiyon ki Brand Ambassador' (Ministry of Education)

    18:10 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Rijiju, Irani launch online training programme for women PE teachers, coaches

    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Women and Child Development minister Smriti Irani on Monday launched an online training programme exclusively for female physical education teachers and community coaches to celebrate the International Women's Day. According to a Sports Authority of India (SAI) release, the initiative, which is a convergence of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and 'Fit India' programmes, aims to empower women teachers in primary, secondary and senior secondary schools by giving them fitness training so that they can in turn empower students. The programme has a registered participation of 12,500 PE Teachers and community coaches, who will be imparted training for free. The online program will have a total of 28 sessions (in Hindi and English) i.e., two sessions of 90 minutes each daily and will commence from Monday till March 26. Elaborating on the collaborative events planned ahead, Rijiju said, "This online training programme is the first of many of projects that the ministries will organise together. (PTI)

    17:54 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Women legislators in Bihar seek reservation in Assembly

    Cutting across party lines, women lawmakers in Bihar on Monday sought reservation in Parliament and state legislatures. As the Assembly session began at 11 am, Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha extended his greetings to women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, and said they will continue to play a constructive role in the nation's development. Priority was given to women during the Question Hour. They got a chance to ask their questions first during the session. Several women MLAs of the ruling alliance and the opposition camp demanded 50 per cent reservation in Parliament and state assemblies, while some others pushed for 33 per cent quota at the decision-making Houses as proposed in the Women's Reservation Bill, which is waiting Lok Sabha nod. (PTI) 

    17:53 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Women farmers hold protest marches, delivered speeches at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur protest sites

    Thousands of women farmers held protest marches, delivered speeches at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur protest sites at Delhi's borders on International Women's Day (PTI)

    17:37 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Women MPs want to discuss women empowerment, says Lok Sabha Speaker

    Today's International Women's Day. Women MPs want to discuss women empowerment and draw your attention towards it. I request you that today House be dedicated to women, chaired by women and they discuss their issues and other issues: Lok Sabha Speaker, as Opposition MPs create uproar in House (ANI)

    17:33 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Karnataka govt women employees to get 6 months of child care leave along with maternity leave

    Karnataka govt women employees will be given 6 months of child care leave along with maternity leave: CM B S Yediyurappa on International Women's Day (PTI)

    17:27 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Punjab Assembly unanimously passes resolution saluting indomitable spirit of women

    Punjab Assembly unanimously passes resolution saluting indomitable spirit of women in contributing to progress of the nation on International Women's Day (PTI)

    17:01 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Women’s growth in the tech sector has bridge the potential opportunity gap for future generations

    In the 21st Century, we have seen that women have contributed equally to the growth & development of any nation. Earlier women were underrepresented by various sectors, whether you talk about the IT industry, developers, finance, activists, etc. But now, we have recognized numerous role models who have motivated the world with their dedication & skills and suggest to us that women can excel in any sector with the help of the two. |READ MORE

    16:53 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Focal point of all Delhi govt policies has been to benefit women, says CM Kejriwal

    The focal point of all the schemes and policies of the Delhi government has been to benefit ordinary women, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. He was speaking at an awards programme organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on the occasion of the International Women's Day. 'The focal point of all our schemes has always been to benefit the ordinary woman, and make their life easier. 'In the last five years, all the policies that the Delhi government has made, we have tried to ensure that it benefits the ordinary women,' he said. Among the policies that were made keeping in mind the welfare of women were making power and water free of cost, the chief minister said. (PTI) 

    16:21 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Union Minister Smriti Irani addresses a gathering on International Women's Day

    Women here are oft celebrated societally for strength and achievements. Not many look at the chip on our shoulders, a chip on which we falter at times publically in social media where we give back as strongly as we get from so-called trolls but also an opportunity in august House where irrespective of our political ideologies, we speak on issues that bring transformation in the lives of millions of women across the nation: Union Minister Smriti Irani on International Women's Day

    16:18 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal calls PM Modi's appreciation of Assamese Gamusa a moment of great pride and honour

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    16:13 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Union Minister Smriti Irani on promoting women entrepreneurs
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    16:10 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Under PM's leadership, narrative has shifted from women's development to women-led development, says Smriti Irani

    Under PM's leadership, narrative has shifted from women's development to women-led development. We now lead change not just for us but also for other women. Because of this, for 1st time in National Education policy's history, we've Gender Inclusion Fund: Union Minister Smriti Irani (ANI)

    16:10 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Under PM's leadership, narrative has shifted from women's development to women-led development, says Smriti Irani

    Under PM's leadership, narrative has shifted from women's development to women-led development. We now lead change not just for us but also for other women. Because of this, for 1st time in National Education policy's history, we've Gender Inclusion Fund: Union Minister Smriti Irani (ANI)

    16:07 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: There are still skies to touch, says Union Minister Smriti Irani on International Women's Day

    There are still skies to touch. Our flag and constitution are one despite being from different political ideologies: Union Minister Smriti Irani on International Women's Day (ANI)

    16:01 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Women’s Day

    On International Women’s Day, I truly appreciate the role of India’s #NariShakti in strengthening the foundations of this great nation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted on Monday.

    15:58 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Rahul Gandhi on Women’s Day

    Women are capable of creating history and future with formidable grace. Don’t let anyone stop you, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

    15:54 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Dharmendra Pradhan on Women’s Day

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    15:38 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: Six-months child care leave for women employees in Karnataka!

    On international women's day, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurapps on Monday announced a proposal to provide six-months child care leave to women employees of the government. He also announced a grant of Rs 37,188 crore for women-oriented programmes. Presenting the 2021-22 budget in the Legislative Assembly, he proposed upgradation of Anganwadis situated in Bengaluru and other cities into creches for the benefit of urban working women. Yediyurappa announced loan facility of up to Rs 2 crore at a subsidised rate of four per cent through Woman Development Board/Karnataka State Finance Corporation to women entrepreneurs in the service sector.  (PTI)

    15:29 (IST)08 Mar 2021
    International Women’s Day 2021 LIVE: One-day Home Minister!

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    The first-ever Women’s Day was organised in 1911 by the early 20th century Marxist from Germany Clara Zetkin, who was born in Germany’s Wiederau. Two years later, in 1913, the date was changed to March 8, and it continues to be celebrated as such every year.
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