Sambalpur: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) celebrated International Women’s Day with Women In Public Sector (WIPS) and Jagriti Mahila Mandal organising various events to commemorate the occasion.
Dr Nisha Thakur, president of Jagriti Mahila Mandal was the chief guest at a function organised to honour women achievers. “Independence to progress and self respect are the key factors that ensure empowerment of women in the society” Dr Thakur said in her address here yesterday.
Large number of working women as well as homemakers participated in the programmes, which included cultural programme, discussion, healthcare and charity.
Dr Aloka Patel Patel, Reader, Department of English, Sambalpur University and Ms Reena Trivedi, Advocate, first chairperson of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation were invited guests on the occasion.
In her address, Dr Patel said that women should learn to make their voice heard rather than suffering silently.
“Support of the family plays a pivotal role in the development of empowered women,” added Ms Trivedi.
Vice presidents of Jagriti Mahila Mandal Ms Naushina Afrin Ali, (Advocate-Chhatisgarh High Court), Ms Padamja Singh and Ms Padmini Vasudevan were prominent among large number of women participants at the events in the headquarters.
Meanwhile, similar programmes were also organised by WIPS members and Mahila Mandals in different areas of the company.