International Women’s day celebrated

International-Womens-DayOn the occasion of Women's day, a slew of programmes to celebrate gender equality and empowerment were organized across Kerala. Government departments, self-help groups and voluntary organisations in Kerala joined hands to make International Women's Day this year truly memorable.
A leading mobile phone company opened a new retail outlet at Aluva near Kochi, with an all-women staff to mark Women's Day celebrations.
To celebrate the spirit of womanhood, on International Women’s Day 2013, HLL made its premium non-steroidal oral contraceptive pill- ‘Saheli’- available online, to enable easier access of the pill for women.
Renowned dancer and social activist Mallika Sarabhai and Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart presented a special performance ‘Women with Broken Wings’ in memory of the billion women tortured, raped and killed across the world.
In Kochi, a group of women activists reached a hotel run by a man called Kuttetan. They conveyed their appreciation to the man for closing his toddy (local liquor) shop and opening a hotel in its place.
Seminars, street plays, processions and meetings by various organisations marked the International Women’s Day across Kerala. The idea of the celebrations was to convey message of unity and solidarity to end crimes against women and girls.