INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (IWD)

 

Our ISAW members from the SAARC Region participate in the International Women’s Day (IWD) Celebrations in their respective countries. ISAW also celebrates IWD in Berlin, Germany.

 

IWD 2019

 

On the eve of International Women’s Day, on 7th March 2019, Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) honoured Women Achievers at a prestigious event in Berlin. Since 2012, on International Women’s Day, ISAW has been honouring exceptional women who have worked for women empowerment, girl child and the community at large in their respective countries. The awards were conferred by Dr. Talib Rifai, former Secretary General of United Nations WTO.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prem Ahluwalia, Director ISAW, said, “the focus of this year’s activities of ISAW will be to adhere to this year’s UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019, that is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. ISAW programmes will be focussingon innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. We understand that to achieve Sustainable Development Goals transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions are required, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt ‘business as usual’ are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.”

 

ISAW honoured exceptional women with ISAW Women Achievers Awards 2019 . For details please see Awards page

 

 

 

IWD 2018

 

ISAW celebrated International Women’s Day at ITB Berlin on 8th March 2018 at ITB Berlin where exceptional women from the travel industry were honoured with awards. Sandra Carvao, Chief of Communications & Publications, United Nations WTO conferred the awards to the following:

 

Left to Right Sandra Carvao, Chief of Communications & Publications, UNWTO, Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, Principal Secretary, Ministry Of Tourism, Kenya, Prem Ahluwalia, Director, ISAW and H.E. Lina Annab, Minister Of Tourism & Antiquities Kingdom Of Jordan

 

IWD 2016

 

Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, United Nations WTO releasing the coffee table book ‘India’s Most Powerful Women’ authored by Prem Ahluwalia, journalist & women rights activist, at the International Women’s Day event in Berlin, Germany

 

 

International Women's Day was celebrated by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) with the cooperation of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at ITB Berlin, Germany on March 10, 2016.  The Chief Guest was Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, United Nations WTO. On this occasion India’s first coffee table book on women, ‘India’s Most Powerful Women’ authored by Prem Ahluwalia, was released by Mr. Taleb Rifai.  He said he was happy that the book on powerful Indian women was being released on International Women’s Day and appreciated the work by the author. He further said the book would be an inspiration for women not only in India but worldwide. The event was well attended by Ministers, dignitaries, women activists and media from all over the world.

Women in India are emerging from the shadows to claim an equal stake in society, redefining the scope of power.  They now rule the corporate world and are at the helm of public life. They headline the financial, technology, trade, and medical sectors. They are achievers in arts, culture, sports, and entertainment.  However, it was no easy task for these super achievers. In this book, these remarkable women talk about their lives, their struggles, and achievements and most importantly about their journey and on-going tryst with power. These are inspirational stories of women who are truly empowered.

The author, Prem Ahluwalia is a journalist and a women’s rights activist. She is the Associate Editor of Young India and the Editor of Safari India. She is Founder Member and National General Secretary of All India Mahila Dakshata Samiti and Director, Institute of South Asian Women. Widely travelled, she has attended several conferences in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. She has organized seminars, workshops, and rallies on women issues and has been honoured with several awards for her contribution towards the women’s movement in India. Prem is also an artist and enjoys painting with oil and acrylic. Her paintings can be viewed on her website www.artprema.com.

 

IWD 2013

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Prem Ahluwalia, Director, Institute of South Asian Women speaking at the International Women's Day celebrations at Berlin, Germany in 2013


International Women's Day was celebrated by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) with the cooperation of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at ITB Berlin, Germany on March 7, 2013. The Speaker for the occasion was Ms. Prem Ahluwalia who spoke on the UN theme for the year’s International Women's Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”. She said, “Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace. It both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. In all societies, to a greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class and culture. A WHO multi-country study found that between 15–71% of women aged 15- 49 years reported physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. According to a UN study over 59 per cent of women, depending on where they live, experience physical violence at least once in their lifetime.” She requested every delegate to take a pledge to do their bit to end violence against women.

The Chief Guest was Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO.On this occasion awards were given to two ministers in recognition of their achievements. The hall was packed with delegates and media from all over the world.

 

IWD 2012

 

Prem Ahluwalia, Director, Institute of South Asian Women addressing the gathering at the International Women's Day celebrations at Berlin, Germany in 2012

 

International Women's Day was celebrated by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) in cooperation with Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) at ITB Berlin, Germany on 8th March 2012. The Speaker for the occasion was Ms. Prem Ahluwalia who spoke on the year’s theme “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”While outlining the history of International Women’s Day, she applauded the efforts made by women all over the world but said much needs to be done for women to be truly empowered.  She said, “The challenges, even today are manifold. Even after a century, we women are still struggling, by and large, to have equal participation in all aspects of life. Economically, women are still struggling for equal job opportunities and equal wages. Socially, women are still treated as the inferior sex and exploited. Violence against women is still rampant. Women still suffer from lack of proper medical facilities in many rural areas. Girls are still deprived of equal education and care, especially in the developing countries.  The issues still remain the same. Though we have come a long way and made strides, there is much that still needs to be done. Perhaps the voice of women needs to be a little louder.......”

 As a parting shot she pleaded, “Almost one person in five-1.2 billion, is living in extreme poverty in less than a Dollar a day. The cost of eradicating poverty is 1% of global income. So shall we all take a pledge to do our bit and work towards removing hunger and poverty from the face of the earth?”

The meeting was well attended by Ministers from several countries including India's Tourism Minister Mr. Subodh Kant Sahai. The Chief Guest was Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO.The hall was packed with delegates and media from all over the world. On this occasion three distinguished women ministers were honoured with awards along with the Speaker Ms. Prem Ahluwalia. The awards were given by Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO.

 
 

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