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Mahalir Mela 2024 to mark International Women’s Day 2024

Venue: Aram Arangam , Shanti Ashram
Date: 2nd March 2024

Objectives of the 2024 Women’s Day celebration:
•Organize a series of capacity building programmes to highlight the 2024 theme through the Ashram’s
partnership platform
•Presentation of the Kasturba Gandhi Awards 2024 to Rural Women Entrepreneurs
•Conduct a panel discussion with women entrepreneurs on the theme ‘Invest in Women – Accelerate Progress’
•Honour 57 women leaders who ensure food and nutritional security at the grassroots through Public
Distribution Shops (PDS) Integrated Child Development Services(ICDS)
•Organize Interfaith Prayers for Peace & curate Artistic Presentations by girls and women
•Convene young men and women, boys and girls for volunteering and community service


Time Events
10.30 am Registration of Participants Ms.Jeeva, Ms.Thangakili, Ms.Devika & Ms.Tamilarasi
10.50 Interfaith prayer led by Shanti Ashram staff
Ms.Bagyamary, Ms.Monica Cristina, Ms.Ranisha, Ms.Eswari, and Ms.Banupriya
11.00 Artistic performance by the members from Shree Natya Niketan School of Dance
11.10 Overview of Shanti Ashram’s partnership in ensuring food security’
Ms.Monica Cristina, Sustainable Development Programm, Ms.Anandhi, Youth Leadership Program
11.15 Honouring 37 Women Leaders who are ensuring food security at the grassroots through Public Distribution Centres
Shri.Soundararajan, Director, CRI Pumps Pvt Ltd
11.30 A child’s message on International Women’s Day
11.35 Artistic performance by the Bala Shanti Children from Athisakthi Nagar
11.40 Special Address and honouring of the Kasturba Gandhi Awardees 2024
Shri.Kranthi Kumar Pati, I.A.S., Collector, Coimbatore District
Dr.Shobhana Madhavan, Associate Professor, Amrita School of Business
Dr.S.R.Subramanian, Head, Sustainable Development Programme
Interaction with the Kasturba Gandhi Awardees led byMs.Tamizhvani & Shri.Vijayaragavan Gopal
12.00pm Artistic Performance by Bala Shanti Children – Kasturi Garden
12.05 Report on the impact of National Deworming Day 2024
Ms.Ranisha, International Center for Child and Public Health (ICPH)
12.10 Honouring of Shanti Ashram’s young volunteers from National Deworming Day
Ms.Shobhana Kumar, Writer & Poet, Small Differences
12.20 Artistic Performance by vocational tailoring students
Awarding the winners from vocational tailoring batch by Ms.Punitha Deivanayagam
12.30 Ensuring nutritional security to vulnerable children Ms.Eshwari & Ms.Jeeva Bala Shanti Programme
Honouring 20 Women Leaders who are ensuring nutritional security in public service
M.Pavithra Rajagopalan, International Montessori Trainer
12.45 Children’s play from the story of Kannagi-Kovalan
12.50 Artistic performance by SHG Members, Machambalayam
01.00 Artistic performance by the staff of Shanti Ashram
01.05 Concluding remarks Dr.Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram
Shakthi Kodu! – a poem by Mahakavi Bharathiar
01.15 Community Lunch