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Hygiene tops Assam agenda

Sonowal speaks at the function in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: Health and hygiene issues of women and self-employment avenues were the main points for discussion at events held by organisations on International Women's Day on Thursday.

The subject of sanitary pads emerged from a hitherto taboo domain to take centrestage. Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) and Guwahati City District Mahila Congress Committee, in association with NGO Junior Commerce International (JCI), distributed free sanitary napkins to about 500 women living in Bhaskar Nagar.

The function was presided over by APMCC president Shahnaz Haque. Former forest minister Rakibul Hussain was the chief guest.

Zonal president of JCI Shweta Somani and Rakibul Hussain distributed the pads. Hussain also pledged to donate two machines - a sanitary napkin-vending machine and a disposal machine.

Another NGO, Child Friendly Guwahati, in association with KGMT Multi-speciality Hospital and Anuradha Cineplex, distributed free sanitary napkins at Bamunimaidan on the Cineplex premises.

Nemcare Hospital provided free heart check-ups to women.

The University of Science and Technology Meghalaya announced a driving school for women as a part of its outreach initiative. The course will also include training on basic skills like changing of tyres and maintenance.

The state social welfare department organised a function at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal attended the event as chief guest.

Sonowal said, "On this day I remember my mother who used to tell me never to compromise on human values and perform my duties with humanity. Men and women are born equal and should share all responsibilities equally. You should always think - I can win, I can do, I can perform. Women should pave the way for the development of the state and country."

Several men and women, including social workers, an advocate, entrepreneurs and doctors participated in a panel discussion, Biswaguru Bharat - Bharatiya Sanskritir Bahok Nari Samaj (women as upholders of Indian culture).

Gold medal-winning women boxer Ankushita Boro was appointed brand ambassador of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign in the state.

A free health camp for women was organised at the initiative of Excel Care Hospital, Guwahati, in collaboration with Gauhati University Officers' Association at the university.

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