|Mumtaz Kazi while driving a train|
“May we grow in a world where our potential and those of 50% of the planet is fully realized in safety and with opportunity”, writes Paris-based India’s Ambassador to UNESCO Ruchira Kamboj in her message on the International Women’s day celebrated across the globe. And the Indian Diplomacy, the official Twitter account of India's public diplomacy under the ministry of external affairs, released the photo of CB Muthamma, the first woman to clear the ICS examinations. Muthamma who was the first woman to join the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is indeed the trail-blazer of Indian diplomacy. Another officer, an IAS, calls women an…invisible power. “Women being vital part of agri work force, play most crucial role in building Indian economy. My salute to this invisible power on #IWD2017”, posts Arabinda K Padhee, former GoI joint secretary and present director, country relations at ICRISAT, a non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The comment is accompanied by a woman in an agricultural filed.
Principal secretary to government of Haryana and IAS Ashok Khemka took to Twitter to say how March 8 is a day “to celebrate the feminity present in each one of us - the worship of Shiva as अर्धनारीश्वर!”
And the railway minister Suresh Prabhu says he is proud of the Indian Railways’ women employees “who toil to run this massive system”. The minister was reacting to the news of Indian Railway’s motor woman Mumtaz Kazi being awarded Narishakti Puraskar by the ministry of women and child development today.
US Ambassador to India (in-charge) MaryKay Loss Carlson has posted a 48-second video in Twitter introducing her as a diplomat for three decades before commenting how she is “proud to work on behalf of the US to strengthen #USIndaDosti”. “I stand with #WomenAtWork”, she posts.