Jubilant Celebrations by ICUNR (Indian Council for UN Relations) on the occasion of International Women’s Day

6th March 2024, New Delhi: Leher Sethi (Secretary – ICUNR & Founder – Something Creative) & Neeraj Kumar (Founder – Le Magnifique Group) organized an afternoon to mark International Women’s Day on Monday, 4th March 2024 at Le Meridien, New Delhi where Ms. Shelly Oberoi, The Mayor of Delhi graced the occasion with her presence as the Chief Guest.

Awardee celebrated International Women's aday with Something Creative by Leher Sethi & Le Magnifique Group by Neeraj Kumar

The panelists Sakshi Malik, Sarvesh Mishra, Yogita Bhayana, Leher Sethi, Saurabh Shukla, and Yashovardhan Azad discussed “Efficacy of Movements & Laws in the Indian Context: A Discussion on the POSH Act and the impact of movements such as #Me Too”, which was moderated by Saurabh Shukla of The Red Mike. The topic discussed the effectiveness of legal frameworks and social movements in India, focusing on the POSH Act and movements like # MeToo, assessing the impact of these measures while talking about workplace harassment and trying to develop a comprehensive understanding of how they play out in our society.

UN representatives, Embassy Heads, guests, and Select Diplomats gathered to cheer the women achievers. In the light of International Women’s Day, women achievers from all walks of life received awards for their outstanding contributions to their domains.

The event’s Associate Partner was Hamdard, the Value Partners were COWE and Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust, and The Red Mike, the Media Partner. The event was hosted by Le Meridien Hotel. The awardees were gifted products by Kairali, Casa Decor, Aayna, and Clinikally.

ICUNR’s Secretary General Mr. K.L. Malhotra welcomed the guests, and Leher Sethi delivered a speech to set the tone for the event, which was talked by panelists and an awards ceremony followed. Chief Guest, Ms. Shelly Oberoi spoke on Women’s Empowerment and the need for such events, followed by some powerful acceptance speeches.

Smt. Maneka Gandhi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution in the field of animal welfare. The other awardees of the ICUNR International Women’s Day Awards were:

1. Dr. Aanchal Jain for Environment & Sustainability

2. H.E. Ms. Capaya Rodriguez Gonzalez, Venezuelan Ambassador to India, for Public Diplomacy

4. Caroline (Basanti) Roublin for Social Entrepreneurship

5. Dr. Geetanjali Sethi for Academia

6. Gita Ramesh for Wellness

7. Kalpana Srivastava for Public Admin & Policy

8. Leena Malhotra for Education

9. Mihika Wahi for Fitness

10. Prathibha Prahlad for Dance

11. Prisha Lamba for Hospitality

12. Rishika Roy for Indo-French Business Relations

13. Riya Rastogi for Social Activism

14. Sakshi Malik for Wrestling

15. Dr. Sanjukta Basu for Gender Studies

16. Seema Sharma for Research & Development

17. Shrutika Dewan for Brand & Marketing Strategy

18. Shrayana Bhattacharya for Economic Sciences

19. Sita Raina for Motor Sports

20. Sujata Prasad for Art & Culture

21. Tanushree Dutta for Women Empowerment

22. Tultul Niyogi for Publishing

23. Dr. Urvi Panchal for Beauty & Wellness

24. Vandana Bhargava for Jewellery Design

25. Yamini Jaipuria for Entrepreneurship

Beyond He & She Awardees: Akassh K Aggarwal, Reena Rai, and Shaine Soni

On this occasion, Mrs Leher Sethi, Secretary – ICUNR said, “We always need to remember that empowered women empower the entire society. We should acknowledge the success and achievements made by women while celebrating their strength and resilience. This year we have tried to go a step further to include the LGBTQ Community as inclusion cannot be achieved by excluding any gender. We continuously need to work together to foster positive change for a more inclusive and equitable environment for any and every one of us.”

Mr Neeraj Kumar of Le Magnifique Group said, “Every day, we should honour the women around us, who have not just managed households and families but also have made significant contributions across the globe. Happy International Women’s Day to every woman who has made sacrifices and has surpassed the potential known limits.”

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