International Women's Day was celebrated at Naidkhai Army Camp under the arrangements of 13 RR Bn with pomp & glory on March 8, 2018 where more than 300 girls from various orphanages of district Bandipora, Srinagar, Kupwara and Baramulla participated. The aim of the event was to spread the message of "Pledge for Parity, Promise for Equality".
The day started with a symposium on the theme "Empowerment of Women" followed by a counselling session for girl students on various academic and career avenues by prominent women personalities from our society which included Major Ekshita Rana of 207 Army Aviation Squadron (UH) followed by local government officials and ladies heading various NGOs. Thereafter, a cultural programme including scintillating song performance on "BetiBachao, BetiPadhao" theme & a Qawali were performed by the Pune based NGO Borderless World Foundation.
Major Ekshita Rana of 207 Army Aviation Squadron (UH) was especially invited for the event in the capacity of lead speaker. The officer's nomination was an apt recognition of her numerous achievements at a young age wherein she outpaced her male counterparts in Sainik School SujanpurTira and Officers Training Academy in almost all professional spheres and became one of the youngest lady officers in her times to get commissioned into Armed Forces.
Her dialogue lasted for over 30 minutes where in she connected well with the audience and exchanged real life experiences. She chose language comprehensive to the audience and yet delivered a powerful and inspiring message to them. By the end of session, there were certainly more enlightened and inspired souls roaring to do more not only for the Armed Forces but for the country as well.
The venue turned out to be the hub of fun and frolic in the second half of the event. The women folk enthusiastically participated in various games organised in the festival like Balloon Shooting, Carrom and Chess, Volleyball, Badminton, etc. A small documentary on Malala Yousafzai was also screened for the school going girls.
Outstanding women who have achieved distinction in various fields were felicitated and the orphanages participating in the event were gifted items like Auto Sweater Sewing Machine, Blankets, Solar Powered LED Lights, Sports Equipment and Stationary items. The event culminated with a motivational talk by renowned Bollywood star, Haider and Bajrangi Bhaijaan famed veteran theatre artist Bhavani Bashir Yasir.