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President Kovind and Vice President Naidu greet women of India on International Women's Day
President Ram Nath Kovind and vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have extended their greetings to all women on the eve of International Women's Day, March 8.

President Kovind in his released message said, "This is a day to recognise the contributions of women in different facets of life, whether personal or professional. India's women have succeeded admirably in their endeavours, often in the face of formidable challenges. They are a source of inspiration for their families and for our society and nation."

"On this occasion, let us resolve to build a better society where women can realise their full potential and can give their best for nation's development. Let us work to a future where every Indian woman gets what she deserves – equal treatment under conditions of equality," he added while wishing the observance all success.

Naidu in his message stated that social, economic and political empowerment of women, including providing reservation in the Parliament and State Legislatures, had to be accorded top priority for the country to achieve rapid progress.

"Time and again women have proved that they are not only second to none in any field, but better than men in multi-tasking. Women have made outstanding contributions in various fields in the country from building rockets to wielding a cricket bat. Be it politics, poetry, sports or business, women have excelled whenever they had an opportunity," he added.

He stated, "Many issues concerning women get highlighted today. But two things which I feel should receive renewed focus are gender equality and safety of women. We all have to act collectively to raise awareness against discrimination of the girl child. Every household, neighborhood, school, institutions and community should start gender-sensitization. The mindset to respect girls and women should be promoted at home and in schools, public areas, public transport and at every place and every stage."

He suggested that the change of mindsets should begin at home first followed by that of teachers. "An important area of concern is lower female literacy rate when compared to male literacy. This problem has to be addressed on a war footing to educate and empower women, " he added while stressing on the need to curb crimes against women through visible policing and patrolling.

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