New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said International Women's Day is an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to ensuring the safety and security of women.
In his message on the occasion of International Women's Day on Friday, Mukherjee said: "I extend my warm greetings and felicitations to the women of India for their monumental role in shaping the destiny of the nation. Celebrations of this day on March 8 are an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to ensuring the safety and security of women. We must strive for a world based on gender equality and justice. Women must be given their due and treated with respect and dignity," he said.
He said women are always a source of inspiration for the family, society and the nation. "In India, women have been in the forefront of every progressive movement, making their mark in each and every walk of life and taking part in the forward march of the nation in a major way," he said.
"It is our duty to empower the girl child with value-based education so that the family, society and ultimately the nation is empowered."He wished women health, happiness, safety, success and continued progress as well as prosperity in the years ahead.