As part of the first day of the celebrations, thousands of women, including police, home guards and girls' school students took part in a parade, organised at each district capitals in the state, an official press release said.

Chief Minister Anandi Patel had earlier said that the government would undertake a statewide awareness drive for women during this period to educate women against issues affecting them, such as domestic violence, harassment of women and other social evils.

In the coming days, programmes will be organised as per different themes, which include 'Daughter's Day' on August 2 to spread awareness about stopping female foeticide and providing equal opportunity to girls, the release said.

Other themes include Women Self-reliance Day, Women Leadership Day, Women Health Day, Women's Pride Day, Women Cattle Rearer's Day, etc.

On August 14, the chief minister will address a women's conclave in Patan, which is chosen for the Independence Day celebrations by Gujarat government. The closing ceremony will be held the next day.

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