Bhubaneswar: The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar observed International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2018. The theme for 2018 International Women’s Day is “Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. This year’s theme captures the vibrant life of the women activists whose passion and commitment have won women’s rights over the generations, and successfully brought change. Women all over the world are gathering strength, demonstrating the power of speaking with one voice, as they call for opportunity and accountability, drawing momentum from grassroots networks and coalitions that stretch right up to government leadership. Women have bravely spoken out to gain access to justice, such as those from the Me-too movement, who in recent months have found their voice in social media in more than 85 countries to expose those who have preyed on the less powerful and shown how when women support one another, they help to overcome stigma and ensure that their stories are believed.
Shri R. K. Dash. SP, Special Intelligence wing, Govt. of Odisha joined as chief guest of the occasion and highlighted on the prevailing laws and policies formulated exclusively for the security and social development of women both at work place and family level. He expressed his dissatisfaction regarding the misutilization of various acts and imprecise enforcement of law. He flagged up with the slogan, “WOMEN SHOULD NOT REGIST TO THE INJUSTICE TO THEM”.
Smt. Lalita Pattnaik, educationalist from UNICEF, Odisha graced the occasion with her visionary words and thought provoking remarks. She opined that, the social activists for women empowerment must be from both the genders. She reiterated the fact “SPEAK UP” for the female of our society who are undermined under the patriarchate of social values.
Dr. S. S. Mishra, Director In-Charge and HOD, FHMD, ICAR-CIFA addressed the gathering and emphasized that; the potential of women can be enhanced by providing education to them. Our society can change only when attitude towards women will change and we can certainly provide them a positive working ambience.
Dr. K. D. Mahapatra, Principal Scientist and chairperson of Internal Women Complaint Committee, ICAR-CIFA, welcomed the gathering an introduced the guest on dias. She expressed her tribute to the women who have immensely contributed to shape the society. In addition preference for male child in terms of their higher education, fooding and economical rights unlike that of female child has created gender inequity at family level.
During the occasion DR. M. Mohanty, DST Scientist presented the works done by the women researchers in ICAR- CIFA.
Dr. (Mrs.) U. L. Mohanty, ACTO proposed vote of thanks.