International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

March 8, around the world is observed as International Women’s Day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day was ‘Press for Progress’. Now, more than ever, there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. Plan India’s effort on women’s day was to truly make a positive difference for women and give them equal opportunities to learn, lead, decide and thrive.

To mark International Women’s Day, Plan India, in alliance with the Delegation of the European Union to India and Embassy of Finland in India ran a 10 day digital campaign across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As part of the campaign, a 1-hour Facebook Live session was held on March 7, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The theme of the panel discussion was ‘Women and Economic Empowerment’ and was moderated by Aparna Vedapuri, CEO and Founder, Women’s Web. The panel included:Meri Beti Meri Shakti

  • Tomasz Kozlowski – Ambassador of the European Union to India
  • Nina Vaskunlahti – Ambassador of Finland to India
  • Bhagyashri Dengle – Executive Director, Plan India
  • Nisha – Community Member, Banking on Change project

The panel discussion highlighted several reasons that stops women, both in an urban and rural environment from playing a bigger role in regards to the economy. It brought focus to the most common reason of the prevalence of gender based discrimination in various forms, both within the families and outside.

A contest was run to bring some much needed attention to the issue of women and economic empowerment. As part of the contest, the general audience shared their questions for the panellists to answer during the FB Live session.

Our Work on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Keeping the essence of economic empowerment and providing equal opportunities to girls and women, Plan India has worked extensively in equipping girls and women with job oriented skills. Some of Plan India’s flagship programmes like Samanta, Saksham and Banking on Change celebrate economic empowerment and works extensively in providing the right skills and training to girls and women. Through these programmes, they are capacitated so that they can take informed decisions on their earnings, savings, spending and thereby securing the education and livelihood for their children and families. An extra earning power helps them provide for equal education and nutrition to their children and families thereby, not only positively affecting their lives but also in their communities.

Watch Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India speak on International Women's Day

Watch Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India speak on International Women's Day

Watch Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India speak on International Women's Day

Click here to read the Press Release

Click here to read Tomasz Kozlowski's blog on International Women's Day

Click here to read Nina Vaskunlahti's blog on International Women's Day