GK NewsBoard March 2020
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1. Nari Shakti Puraskar
To acknowledge Women’s achievements, the Government of India confers Nari Shakti Puraskars on eminent women
and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment.
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It is initiated in the year 1999. The awards are given away by the President of India every year on 8 March, International
Women’s Day. The Ministry of Women and Child Development announces these national level awards for eminent
women, organisations and institutions. The Nari Shakti Puraskar carries a cash award of Rs.1 Lakh and a certificate for
individuals and institutions.
Each of the six institutional categories is named after an eminent woman in Indian history.
• Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award for Best Civil Society organization (CSO) doing outstanding work for the welfare and
well-being of women, named after Rani Gaidinliu, a 20th-century Naga spiritual and political leader
• Rani Lakshmi Bai Award for Best Institution for Research & Development in the field of women empowerment,
named after Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and erstwhile queen of Jhansi.
• Rani Rudramma Devi Awards for two District Panchayats and two Gram Panchayats, named after Rudrama Devi, a
13th-century ruler of Deccan Plateau.
2. International Women’s Day 2020
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a day when the world comes together to appreciate
womanhood and their importance in society. The day also celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political
achievements of women.
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According to the United Nations Women, the theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is “Generation Equality:
Realizing Women’s Rights”.
Earlier, it was called National woman’s day and was acknowledged by the U.S. on February 28, 1909. This was done
because of the labour movement which was started in 1908 where 15000 female employees went on strike in New
York City to protest against poor working conditions.