Sunday, March 20, 2016

International Women's Day celebrated in Portland

 Dr Rabin Man Shakya
State Education Director, NRNA-NCC-USA, Oregon chapter

Non-resident Nepalese Association, National Coordination Committee, USA Oregon chapter organized a program emphasizing "Pledge for Gender Parity" to mark the International Women's Day (IWD) on Saturday March 19, 2016 at Nekusing Memorial Theater,  (US West Coast Taekwondo Hollywood) Portland.

Group Shot
Poem Reading 
A one-minute silence was observed at the beginning of the program in memory of the late Helen Ward Mali who passed away last year in Portland due to breast cancer complications.

On the occasion, Anjali Bajracharya and Kusumabati Bajracharya recited poems on women's issues while Naveena Shakya, former food-research officer at the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control of Nepal (DFTQC) presented a poem on Nepal-America friendship.

Addressing the gathering, IOFTC general secretary Karen Blackledge said that women can do whatever the men do, therefore  there should not be any gender inequality.

Angela Mckenzie-Tucker, president of Hollywood Booster, speaking on the occasion underlined the need for creating equal opportunities for women.

Speaking about women empowerment 

President of Nepalese Association of Oregon Ganga Sharma expressed the view that women should just not be treated as pretty faces, not just as objects as today millions of women are professionals in different fields.
The Speakers for the Event 
Master Sita Rai shed light on her experiences, on vicissitudes before becoming a taekwondo professional.

General secretary of NRNA-NCC-USA Oregon chapter Sunil Rajkarnikar shed light on the importance of women empowerment at the program which was attended by about 150 Nepalese people living in Portland and its periphery. The program was conducted by vice president of World Newah Organization and NRNA Oregon chapter vice president Daya Shakya.

The Audience

It is to be noted that on Feb 28, 1909, the Socialist Party of America celebrated  the first International Women's Day by honoring female garment workers who were protesting against poor working conditions.

Since the first IWD was marked, there has been a significant improvement in the lives of women across the world in terms of gender equality, education, health, awareness and women empowerment.

Meanwhile, earlier on the same day, a workshop on "Inspired by Laser Light: Career in Science" was also organized by NRN-NCC-USA Oregon chapter at Nekusing Memorial Theater, Portland.

Dr Manoj Kansakar dwelt on what a laser is and its use in applications ranging from household electronics to solving world energy problems and exploration of many scientific endeavors.
About 50 Nepalese community members benefitted from the workshop.


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