Empowering International Women’s Day Celebration in Tangmarg: A Collaborative Effort by GDA and Local Authorities

In a vibrant display of solidarity and empowerment, the Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA), in collaboration with the Department of Youth Services & Sports Zone Kunzer/Tangmarg, and local civil and police administration, marked International Women’s Day with fervor and enthusiasm at Tangmarg.

The day unfolded with a series of engaging activities dedicated to celebrating womanhood and fostering empowerment. Commencing the festivities, a group of girls embarked on a trekking expedition from the town hall to Drang, a journey that was ceremoniously flagged off by the Chief Executive Officer of Gulmarg. Following this, a Capacity Building session was convened for women at the town hall in Tangmarg, featuring discussions on empowering women across various spheres.

The highlight of the event was a groundbreaking Girls’ Snow Cricket Match held at Tangmarg between Zone Tangmarg and Zone Kunzer, with Kunzer emerging as the victorious team. Mementos were distributed among the participants, commemorating their participation and achievements in this pioneering match. The girls, filled with jubilation, expressed gratitude towards the authorities for organizing the match and providing them with the unprecedented opportunity to play snow cricket in the picturesque playground.

The CEO of GDA emphasized that tourism and sports activities are not merely sources of recreation but also avenues for empowerment. He underscored the “Women-friendly tourism initiatives” being undertaken by the GDA, which include capacity building of local women for tourism services such as tourist guides and ski guides, aimed at catering to the needs of female travelers.

The event was graced by various dignitaries, including the Executive Officer of Tangmarg Municipality, Tehsildar Tangmarg, Tehsildar Kunzar, Padma Shri Awardee Faisal Ali Dar, CDPO Tangmarg, SHO Tangmarg, DO Babarashi Police, and officials from the Department of Youth Services & Sports, among others. Waseem Raja, CEO of Gulmarg, extended appreciation to all participants and expressed gratitude to the Department of Youth Services & Sports, revenue, ICDS, police, and others for their pivotal roles in the program’s success. He also acknowledged the constructive role played by the local media in promoting such events.

The celebration of International Women’s Day in Tangmarg serves as a testament to the collective commitment towards gender equality and the empowerment of women in society.

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