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International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Our Institute, ICAR- Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, which functions with good understanding of the equality and diversity of gender in the workplace, organised International women’s day celebration on 8th march 2017 at Srinivasapuram. The village woman working with CIBA on the popularization of brackishwater culture in cages as an alternative livelihood programme actively interacted with CIBA scientists and reiterated their resolve in their new partnership with CIBA

Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA welcomed the new initiatives with the village, especially with woman members involved in alternate livelihood programme with CIBA. Ms. Kalaimathy, Secretary, National Slum Dwellers Federation and Ms.Vinothini, Board Member of Fisherwomen Co-operative Society spoke how to balance positions in both home and their community activities. Shri. Suresh, Member, Panchayat and Fishermen co-operative society thanked Director CIBA for the activities initiated by CIBA in Adyar creek and estuary with the involvement of Srinivasapuram fishermen. Followed by that Women staff from CIBA encouraged and motivated them to come forward to educate themselves with ICAR-CIBA technologies and to work in more spheres of fisheries activities.

The second part of the programme was conducted in CIBA headquarters in the afternoon on cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene under Swachh Bharat Mission. Dr. K. Vijayakumaran, Principal Scientist, Madras Centre of CMFRI, was the chief guest who addressed the gathering. To encourage, appreciate and motivate the contractual staff, housekeeping workers and canteen staff of CIBA HQ and Muttukadu Experimental Station of CIBA, token gifts were distributed to all the woman members who are working with CIBA as contractual staff, by the chief guest and Director, CIBA.