More than 1500 Kudumbashree members convened & celebrated International Women's Day in all its glory. Shri. M.B. Rajesh, Minister, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala officially inaugurated the programme on 8 March 2023. Borrowing the words of the LSGD Minister, these 1500 members were none other than the members of Haritha Karma Sena who strengthen the 'Green Army of Kerala'! They were the participants of the Haritha Karma Sena Sangam organized by Kudumbashree in connection with the International Women's Day celebrations. The Minister also handed over of keys and flagged off the e-rickshaws provided to the Haritha Karma Sena units the using the CSR Fund of ICICI Bank and inaugurated 'Dheeram', the karate training programme for NHG members.
Shri. V. Abdurahiman, Minister for Sports, Government of Kerala presided over the function. The Minister also launched the logo of the 'Dheeram' project and distributed uniforms to the karate trainees. Both the Ministers jointly performed the distribution of awards to the Best Performing Haritha Karma Sena units and the local bodies that have provided the best support to them and handed over the Memorandum of Understanding for the 'Dheeram' project.
Shri. M.B. Rajesh, Minister, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala said that only by strengthening the Haritha Karma Sena system, the goal of waste-free Kerala can be achieved and the best contribution of Kudumbashree for effective waste management is the Haritha Karma Sena. He also said that it is the best system for doorstep collection and the service of Haritha Karma Sena is very valuable to achieve the government's goal of a waste-free Kerala. He also pointed out that 28,000 Haritha Karma Sena members working in the state removed 5000 tonnes of plastic waste in the last financial year. The Minister said that the 'Dheeram' project will help women in self-defense and increase their confidence and it is the most appropriate day to start the project to provide training in martial arts to women. 420 women will be trained in karate in two phases and then karate training teams will be formed in micro-enterprise model through the project.
Shri. V. Abdurahiman, Minister for Sports, Government of Kerala said that the objective of celebrating women's day is to appreciate the achievements of women and to create awareness about gender equality. Kerala is a state that implements many schemes for women to advance economically and socially. We pay special attention to important issues like gender equality and equal rights. Projects implemented by Kudumbashree to achieve gender equality and women empowerment are gaining world attention today. He said that learning martial arts is the best way to increase the physical capacity of women and face dangerous situations with confidence and the 'Dheeram' project implemented by Kudumbashree will be of great help to Kudumbashree women.
Shri. Jafar Malik IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree welcomed the gathering. Shri. B.K Venkatesh, Ms. Athira Kannan, Zonal Heads, ICICI Foundation, Shri M. Krishna Das, Municipal Chairman, Guruvayoor Municipality, Shri. Sujin, Chairman, Eloor Municipality, Ms. Vinitha P and Ms. Sindhu Sasikumar, CDS Chairpersons, Shri. Prem Krishnan IAS, Director, Sports Kerala Foundation, Shri. Anil P. Antony, Director, Kudumbashree and Shri. Ajay Kumar, Chief Financial Officer, Kudumbashree participated in the function. Ms. Sreebala Ajith, Kudumbashree, State Programme Officer delivered vote of thanks.
As a part of Women's Day celebrations, Dr. K. Vasuki IAS, Labour Commissioner conducted a motivational class for Haritha Karma Sena members. A talk show was also organized with selected Haritha Karma Sena members from the districts. Ms. Priya Paul, State Programme Manager, Kudumbashree was the moderator of the talk show. Shri. N. Jagajeevan, Consultant, Suchithwa Mission presented the topic.