Women's Day: Widows of Vrindavan vaccinated against COVID-19
Two dozen widows at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district got vaccinated against COVID-19 on International Women's Day on Monday, according to a non-government organization (NGO). The widows, most of them aged over 80 years, participated in the vaccination drive at a state-run public health facility in the temple town, NGO Sulabh Hope Foundation said.
'Happy after taking the vaccine,' one of them said
"We have followed all restrictions and remained inside our ashram for the last one year and now we are feeling happy after taking the vaccine along with two dozen other sisters," said 86-year-old Kamla Adhikari, according to a statement.
Many other widows to be inoculated in the coming days
The foundation's Vice President Veenita Verma expressed gratitude to the government authorities for their support. The NGO, which supports hundreds of widows living in ashrams since 2012, said many other widows would be inoculated in the coming days. Karnataka, too, celebrated the participation of a large number of women in the war against coronavirus by launching a Pink vaccination booth for them on Monday.
Women's Day celebration in Karnataka
The State Government decided to set up one such vaccination booth, to be manned by women for women, in each district, authorities had said. Donning sarees, salwar suits, masks, and caps, all in pink, the women corona warriors had painted the COVID-19 vaccination booth in the shade at the CV Raman Hospital in Bengaluru, which was inaugurated by Health Minister K Sudhakar.
Politicians and leaders took to Twitter to convey their message
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union Ministers, and leaders of political parties conveyed their wishes on Monday on the occasion of International Women's Day, extolling the role of nari shakti in various fields. Union minister Smriti Irani saluted women healthcare workers, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "women are capable of creating history and future with formidable grace."
Here is PM Narendra Modi's tweet
Women are playing a leading role in India’s quest to become Aatmanirbhar. On International Women’s Day, let us commit to encouraging entrepreneurship among women.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2021
Today, I bought a few products that celebrate women enterprise, creativity and India’s culture. #NariShakti