Women’s Political Empowerment Day Celebrations - Panchayats, Women and Safe Drinking Water

25 Apr 2011

Date: 25-26 April, 2011

Venue: New Delhi

Organised by: Institute of Social Sciences

Supported by: UNDP India, UN Women, WaterAid

Since its inception in 1985, the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, has been working for strengthening Panchayati Raj in the country. When the 73rd Constitutional Amendment with the provision of not less than one-third seats reserved for women became Part IX of the Constitution on 24th April 1993, the Institute took the initiative to celebrate this historic day as “Women’s Political Empowerment Day” at the national level every year. The goal of the Women Political Empowerment Day is to bring about the awareness, advancement, and development of women. The Institute has also initiated an annual award for the Outstanding Women Panchayat Leaders since 1999. The award is being presented on Women’s Political Empowerment Day 24 April every year.

From 1994 onwards, the Institute has been bringing together more than 600 elected women panchayat representatives on 24 April to Delhi from all over the country to celebrate women’s political empowerment day. Each year these celebrations focus on a specific theme.This year’s theme is: Panchayats, Women and Safe Drinking water and the celebrations will be held on 25th and 26th April 2011 at Viswa Yuvak Kendra, Circular Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Last year’s Women’s Political Empowerment Day was celebrated on 24th and 25th April 2010. The Chief Guest of the celebrations was the Honourable Smt. Gursharan Kaur, social activist and the wife of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. More than 750 women elected representatives from across the country participated in this programme.

Last year’s Women’s Political Empowerment Day was celebrated on 24th and 25th April 2010. The Chief Guest of the celebrations was the Honourable Smt. Gursharan Kaur, social activist and the wife of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. More than 750 women elected representatives from across the country participated in this programme.

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