Wednesday, 6 April 2016

IRRI India celebrates International Women's Day 2016

The International Rice Research (IRRI) India offices celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March to commemorate the contributions and achievements of women in institute’s workforce.

In the IRRI India office in New Delhi, Ms.Rashmi Dhamija, the office’s new corporate service manager, opened the event with an overview of the staff gender equity within IRRI as whole and IRRI India. The IRRI India office has improved in hiring more females for senior positions, but there is still room for improvement in including more females to the general workforce, according to Dhamjia.

In his motivational speech, Mr.Vimlendu Jha, founder and CEO of Green the Gap and executive director of Swechha and Swechha (We for Yamuna), encouraged the staff members to move beyond general gender stereotypes and appreciate the increasing contributions of female workers. The event also featured messages from IRRI Director General Matthew Morell and Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, a scientist at IRRI India. Dr. Sujata Gaunguly, IRRI India gender specialist, provided an update on IRRI’s gender activities in India.

The event was marked by wearing purple clothes (the official color of IWD) and a team lunch. Refrigerator magnets were given to all staff as tokens of remembrance.

At Hyderabad, the IRRI South Asia hub staff jointly celebrated IWD with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Female staff members (dressed in red in above photo) shared their views on the importance of women in all arena of work, especially, in the field of agricultural research. The male colleagues were of the opinion that women should be given more opportunities and encouraged them to excel in their fields. The celebrations ended with sumptuous refreshments.

On the occasion of IWD, a felicitation was organized in Bihar recognizing the contribution of Ms. Sugandha Munshi, a gender specialist at the IRRI India office in Bihar. She has been working for women empowerment for the past 6 years in the state. The event was inaugurated by Honorable Speaker of Bihar Legislative Council Shri Awadesh Kumar Singh and the felicitation was given by Padma Shri Awardee, Dr. Usha Kiran Khan, a renowned Hindi-Mathil writer and academic historian.

HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2016-011

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