New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan issued a heartfelt message for all women on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Addressing the Parliament, she said that empowering women was one of the most important challenges faced by society today. "If we work together in the same direction, then we can achieve progress and growth faster," she said.
The Lok Sabha Speaker also recited a few lines.
"Kal ko mathe par tilak sa rakh aaj ki ungli pakad chal rahi hai woh ujjwal bhavishye ki ore dig bhraamit ko vishw darshan karane. Mein sabhi mahilaon ko antarrashtriya mahila diwas par badhaai deti hun," she said while addressing the Lower House.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi too wished the "sheet-anchor of society" on the occasion of International Women's Day.
"On International Women's Day, greetings to women in India and across our planet," the President tweeted.
The President said women are the inspiration for their families as well as the nation and provide stability to the society.
The President urged people to work for a future where every woman has the right to dream and fulfill them.
The Prime Minister, extending greetings on the occasion, said India is moving from the development of women to women-led development.
PM Modi said, "Women are leading from the front in the making of a new India."
Giving an example of 'Swachh Bharat' icon Kunwar Bai, the Prime Minister said several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind through their exemplary deeds.
The Prime Minister also used hashtag 'SheInspiresMe', which has been trending on Twitter, and urged people to write about women who inspired them.
"They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you. #SheInspiresMe," the Prime Minister tweeted.