ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March 2023 following UN theme Digit ALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. The chief guest of the function Dr. Roli Mathur, Scientist -F, ICMR-Bioethics Unit, Bengaluru, in her address while emphasizing the importance of women in the global and Indian context described the UN definition of well-being/healthy. She also outlined the role of women in shaping the health of family and society and listed the 17 WHO’s sustainable development goals (SDG) addressing the health of women and society. Further, she also described the bioethical procedures that need to be considered when a woman or a human is included in clinical/medical trials.
The program started with the ICAR and IIHR songs at 11.00 am. Dr. G.R. Smitha, Nodal Officer, Sports and Staff Welfare Committee welcomed the guest and briefed about the history and significance of celebration of International Women’s Day. During this program, four progressive women farmers viz., Mrs. Prema. K., Mrs. Sujatha Vijayan, Mrs. Dhanalakshmamma S.C. and Mrs. Manju Mathew who have used ICAR and IIHR technologies in horticultural crops got better yield and self sufficiency were felicitated by the dignitaries. Dr..K. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIHR in his presidential remarks highlighted the important role played by women in our daily life and society. He also appreciated the achievements of ICAR- IIHR women staff in research, teaching, extension and also in sports. The official program ended with a formal vote of thanks and the National anthem. In the afternoon, a quiz program was organized for farm women labors and housekeeping staff and prizes were distributed. This was followed by a cultural program where all women staff of ICAR-IIHR participated and enjoyed the event. Dr. G.R. Smitha, Nodal Officer, Sports and Staff Welfare Committee and the members organized the entire program.