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Rallies, meetings mark Women's Day

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VIJAYAWADA, MARCH 8. International Women's Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm by various women's organisation in the city on Monday. While some of them took out processions to promote awareness, others conducted programmes and meetings to highlight the plight of womenfolk.

The Vijayawada Mayor, P. Anuradha, stressed the need for women to be confident and think positive. She was participating in a function organised by the South Central Railway Mazdoor Union. The Sixth Metropolitan Magistrate, Prathibha Devi, speaking at the same meeting said women should make use of IPC and Cr. PC to protect them, but warned them against using the same to settle scores and get even with others.

The Mazdoor Union's divisional secretary, R. M. Lakshmi, and the SCR Women Welfare Organisation secretary, Kranti, spoke. International chess player, Koneru Humpy, flagged off a rally organised by Sivani Training Institute. The corporators -- A. Sunitha, P. Gowtham Reddy and others participated. The LIC Women Employees Coordination Committee organised meetings in all the LIC branch offices in the city.

They condemned the way women were being portrayed in some television serials. They also passed a resolution against globalisation, which they alleged was depriving women of their rights. Activists of AIDWA took out a rally in the city. They said the State Government, which spoke of women's empowerment did precious little for them. The AIDWA leader, V. Aruna, demanded the Government to implement the Mahila Reservation Bill and equal pay for equal work. Leaders of women's organisations, Y Mary and Sk. Maddar Bee, were felicitated at a function held in Rajarajeswaripet for their work to empower women.

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