Rallies, meetings, blood donation camps and recognition of women for their extraordinary work marked the International Women’s Day celebration in the city on Wednesday.
Service organisations, NGOs, educational institutions, hospitals and a number of Rotary, Lions and Jaycee clubs celebrated the occasion.
At the American College, a host of successful women from different sectors of the society addressed the students about the need for women education and development. There were acts against women, but it should not come as a deterrent. This is an era, where women cannot be innocent or ignorant, Helen Christina from Sri Meenakshi Government College of Arts for Women said and wanted the women to be independent. College Bursar J. Helen Ratna Monica welcomed.
High Court advocate J. Anandhavalli addressed the students of Sermathai Vasan College for Women on women’s day. Along with her, speakers including Rajaram spoke on ‘women as champions’. D. Karthigairani principal (in-charge) welcomed.
In association with Institute of Company Secretaries of India, the Lady Doak College celebrated Women’s Day on the theme: Women in the changing world of work. Dr. Revathi Subhalakshmi of Senthamil College spoke on the challenges faced by women in the changing world at the inaugural session. Stressing the need for women to join politics, Madurai Central constituency MLA P.T.R.Palanivel Thiagarajan, said that it was important for the youth to be a part in the nation building exercise and showcase their leadership talents. Centre for Women Studies honoured Beulah Rajkumar and Tamilarasi on the occasion for their commendable role in building the Centre at the LDC, said Caroline Nesabai Centre Director.
The Young Indians (Confederation of Indian Industry, Madurai chapter) conducted a breast cancer awareness camp at the Madurai airport. Airport Authority of India Director V.V. Rao was the chief guest. Yi Madurai chapter chairman Vijay Darshan Jeevagan welcomed the gathering. N. Chitra Anand, a breast cancer counsellor said that women should not shy away from examination as any symptoms diagnosed early would be curable. Renuka Ramakrishnan, vice-president of India said that healthy diet would keep women fit.
The M.S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation honoured Selvi Santhosam, Head-Administration of Lakshmi Vidya Sangam on the occasion. Trust Executive Director R. Rajakumari, City Health Officer V. Satish Raghavan addressed.
The Dhan Foundation conducted a rally comprising women SHG members in Moondrumavadi. Later, at a kalyana mandapam, the members shared their experiences and success stories. The executive director of Dhan Foundation, M.P. Vasimalai appealed to the women to cultivate savings habit and thus eliminate poverty. The nuances of solid waste management was shared by Madankumar, programme and explained the ways of making wealth from waste.