New York, NY, March 8, 2024 - The Consulate General of India in New York, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of NY-NJ-CT-NE, proudly celebrated the 6th edition of their annual International Women's Day event at the prestigious India House, New York City, on the eve of International Women's Day. This celebrated event recognized the achievements of four extraordinary women, celebrating their significant contributions across various fields and reinforcing a commitment to empowerment and recognition.

The celebration commenced with a welcoming Meet & Greet, followed by a compelling digital showcase of the FIA's dedication to fostering diversity and gender equality. The night's proceedings were expertly facilitated by Ms. Payal Shah, Co-chair of International Women's Day, who served as the emcee, ensuring a fluid and engaging experience for all attendees.

Emphasizing its long-standing tradition, the FIA and the Indian Consulate highlighted the remarkable achievements of women who have left an indelible mark in their respective areas of expertise. The primary goal was to motivate women to rise above their circumstances and make impactful contributions to their families and communities.

The event was marked by video presentations that not only celebrated past honorees but also introduced this year's awardees, whose endeavors have significantly influenced their fields. This year's honored women included:

  1. Her Royal Highness Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad, a visionary committed to education and community empowerment through her philanthropic work.
  2. Hon. Deputy Mayor Ms. Neena Singh, celebrated as the first Indian and Sikh woman Mayor in New Jersey, known for her dedication to mental wellness and community engagement.
  3. Dr. Indu Lew, who rose from a clinical pharmacist to become the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at RWJBarnabas Health, demonstrating exceptional leadership in healthcare.
  4. Ms. Megha Desai, President of the Desai Foundation, whose work focuses on improving health, livelihood, and menstrual equity for women and children in rural India.

The celebration included heartfelt addresses by FIA President Dr. Avinash Gupta and the Consul General of India, Mr. Binaya Srikanta Pradhan. They both acknowledged the indispensable role of women in society and the significant strides made toward women's empowerment in India, commemorating the spirit of International Women's Day and applauding the awardees' contributions.

A special highlight of the evening was the award ceremony, where CG Mr. Pradhan honored the awardees with a Sash, Trophy, Bouquet, and Proclamation, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions. The awardees expressed gratitude for the recognition, sharing their visions for a progressive future.

The event concluded with a special dinner prepared and served by Dwarka Princeton, a women-owned and operated business, symbolizing the FIA's commitment to supporting women-led enterprises. This annual observance of International Women's Day is a testament to the FIA's ongoing dedication to promoting gender equality and empowering women to enact positive changes in society.

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