Correspondent (Delhi) Aatm Nirbhar Women’s Association ( ANWA ) team hosted The International Day of Girl Child at Khandelwal Seva Sadan. The ANWA team includes Pawani Khandelwal, Kirti Bansal, Tanya Agrawal, Priyam Chaturvedi, Gargi Gaur, Vatsla Mittal, Shipra Rathi, Alka Agrawal, Rekha Khandelwal. This event was being organised with the special support of social activist Parull Mahaajan. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr Shrikant Sharma, Hon. Minister of Power, UP Govt. The event had completely been organized and sponsored by Mathura’s businesswomen from different spheres. The major sponsor for the event were Vedic Invites & Elite New Generation International School.
Mr Gaurav Gupta- Indian Council For Human Relations & Mr Sameer Verma-Secretary of commissioner of the Municipal Corporation were the guests of honour for the event. The International Day of Girl Child is celebrated on 11th October every year by the United Nations to promote girls empowerment and fulfilment of their Human Rights. The programme was being launched by United Nations general assembly in 2012, to focus on the issues like education, equality, child marriage, access to services regarding puberty and sexual health and addressing issue around gender-based violence.
For the first time in Mathura, ANWA had taken an initiative to celebrate this event and raise awareness about the rights of the Girl Child across the city. This event was completely organised by the businesswomen of the city, Anita Chaudhary, Neeru Mittal, Rashmi Khandelwal, Karishma Beriwal, Garima Jaggi, Ruchi Soneja, Upasna Gupta, Rasna Baijal, Tanvi Agrawal, Neha Agrawal, Kanika Bansal & Smita Jaggi along with Kavita Maheshwari Ji.
Over 10,000 students from 20 + schools and colleges participated through various competitions which were awarded at this event. Apart from award distribution, the main highlights of the event were awareness talks on issues relating Girl Child, Odissi Mangla Charan dance performance, stand up comedy by artist Parakram Singh and a band performance by Ninad Band. ANWA is Mathura’s first and only active association of Mathura’s businesswomen founded on Women’s Day 2018 With the vision to connect aspiring female entrepreneurs to business opportunities and help existing businesswomen fully capitalize on their resources
Ms Pawani Khandelwal, Founder of Aatm Nirbhar Women’s Association said at the event, “If our girls grow up with equal rights and opportunities, we won’t need women empowerment movements in the coming years.” Pawani is also the Founder of Aatm Nirbhar Learnins Pvt Ltd, which is a scooty driving school for women, facilitated by women. Currently operational in 5 cities – Mathura, Agra, Jaipur, Lucknow & Bharatpur, it has trained over 1500 women to learn to drive scooty and be self-dependent and plans to go pan India by 2020.
Parull Mahaajan, Social Activist said at the event, ” Worshipping Godess Durga during the nine days of Navratras is completely pointless if you don’t respect women all round the year”