New Delhi,March 09, (Scoop News)-Gandhi Global Family New Delhi in a simple yet impressive programme presented Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal to Ms K M Kerpelman, Director UNIC India and Bhutan, for strengthening people to people contact amongst the countries in general and spreading proactive gender equality awareness programs in particular. The prestigious medal has also been conferred earlier to His Holiness Dalai Lama, K.R. Narayanan (former President of India), Prof Dominic Shellard (UK) and others.
“I accept this award from the bottom of my heart and this is a great honour in my life.” said Ms K M Kerpelman after Gandhi Global Family (GGF) conferred on her Mahatma Gandhi Seva medal (MGSM) in a function at the International Youth Hostel, New Delhi on March 8th, International Women’s Day 2014. During her address she expressed her emotions for honouring her with the prestigious medal and it encourages her to work hard in future for the betterment of the society.” She made an appeal to all NGOs particularly GGF to work for gender equality at the rural and urban level. She further emphasizes on women empowerment and their security. During her speech she recalled her relation with GGF started four years back when she first met Padmashri S P Varma at Chhatisgarh. In the end she quoted UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon’s message- “human rights and equality is not a dream, it is a duty of Governments, the United Nations and every human being.”
“It is a matter of pride that we have leading lights like Ms K M Kerpelman and she is responsively committed to empower women and girls through education and training, and support their full participation and leadership through equal opportunity and inclusive economic growth.” said by Padmashri S P Varma Vice President Gandhi Global Family. He further added, “Women should be considered as equal partner with men in the development of our society and that no real development could be achieved without the involvement of women.” Moreover he also disclosed that GGF is considering giving 33% reservations to women at all levels.
In his welcome address, the GGF Delhi Chapter Chairperson Shri Ashok Kapoor appreciated the efforts of Ms K M Kerpelman for the significant role she has been playing in gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in India and Bhutan. Highlighting various activities of the GGF, a global NGO, Shri Kapoor, disclosed that GGF initiated Gandhian Parikrama (Journey by walk) in order to reach to the masses and particularly to women’. He also appreciated the resolution adopted by the GGF House to work for providing every women the right to dignity, right to security and freedom.
Earlier the medal was jointly presented by GGF Senior Executives Dr Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya of Delhi University and Prof Qamar Ghaffar of Jamia Millia Islamia University. Both Profs shared their views on this occasion and requested K M Kerpelman to frame more women centric awareness programs for the welfare of our society. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were Ms Gayatri (Chennai), Ms Diksha (N Delhi), Chanchan Sharma (Imphal), Alka Bindroo (Kashmir), Navjoot Kour (Amritsar), Anandi (HP), Amina Begum (Jammu), Ms Priya (Jammu), T S Tanwar (Haryana), Ajay K Mishra (Lucknow) (BSF),Yudhishtar (YHAI- CEO), Mr Laviral Kalra (YHAI- Marketing Head), Vijay Sharma (GGF Delhi Gen Secretary), Dalip Swan (Orissa), Mr Joy Messi (N Delhi), Sourab Agarwal (M.P), Shaikh Imtiaz Malik (Srinagar), Ms Jyoti (Kerela), Mrs Ranjani Sanyal (WB) and Ms Malini Reddy (AP)
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