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Women�s Day celebrations on March 8

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 4 - Celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and advocating affirmative action to celebrate gender parity, a number of women�s organizations would celebrate this year�s Women�s Day with the demand of proper implementation of the laws meant to protect women in the society.

North East Network (NEN), Asom Mahila Sangha, Young Women�s Christian Association, Sadou Asom Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha and All India Democratic Women�s Association would celebrate Women�s Day on March 8 in Guwahati opposite the Assam State Museum, Dighalipukhuri from 11.30 am onwards.

The solidarity meeting will put forward a set of recommendations to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup.

The women�s organizations have demanded effective implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, immediate notification of a nodal agency with budgetary allocation to implement the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Act and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.

From a common platform, demand would also be raised to make functional the 1091 women�s helpline, which has been defunct for more than a decade now.

Regularization of the work of frontline workers like Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, ICDS workers and enhancing their pay to Rs 10,000 per month is also one among the demands of the NGOs.

In Kokrajhar Relief Camp for internally displaced person, NEN will organize a play for peace among different communities through local sports competition and cultural activities on March 9.

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