Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday had a ‘Chai Par Charcha’ session with the state’s women sanitation workers on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The session was an interactive one where the Chief Minister was accompanied by all-women security personnel and a female chauffeur.

On the occasion, Shivraj Singh Chauhan issued a statement said that his ‘safai karamchari’ sisters who leave their kids at home in the morning have been keeping the state’s streets clean. He added, “I am glad I started the day with them.”

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also spoke in length about his interaction with the female sanitation workers and said that when he inquired what these women need, the first thing they told him was “respect”. “The biggest wish of women is to be treated respectfully,” the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister added. He also stated that the Narendra Modi-led government is constantly making efforts to protect the honour of women across India. He also said that all the “daughters” of Madhya Pradesh are getting the full benefit of the Ladli Laxmi Yojna.

Taking to Twitter on the morning of the International Women’s Day, the MP Chief Minister said, “There is a provision for reservation for women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Bodies. The percentage of women in government jobs is also increasing continuously.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and congratulated women on the International Women’s Day and said that the nation takes pride in all the accomplishments. Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi said:

Besides the Prime Minister, President Ramnath Kovind, Indian Union Minister, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and more extended their International Women’s Day wishes on Twitter.

On the day which celebrates the strength and wisdom, women possess the CSMT-Panvel local was for the first time in its history operated by Manisha Mhaske, a motor woman. Along with her, Surekha Yadav, the first woman driver of Indian Railways drove the all-women-staffed Mumbai to Lucknow train today.

The Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to celebrate the monumental event and said, “NariShakti Rail: The first woman driver of Indian Railways, Smt. Surekha Yadav drives the all-women-staffed Mumbai-Lucknow Special, in celebration of #InternationalWomensDay.”

He also tweeted the photos of the operation carried in Bundelkhand Special Train that was managed by an all-women team.

The Interesting History of International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day has been in existence for over a century now. While most people think the day is a feminist cause, it has its root set up in the United States of America labour movement. The day was first organized in 1911 by the 20th Century Marxist Clara Zetkin who hailed from Germany. Clara was associated with the Social Democratic Party- one of the biggest political parties. She was an influential figure in both labour movement that swept up the world and the women’s movement that transpired within it.

Zetkin went to Switzerland as a self-exile in the 1880s. During her phase as an exiled person, Zetkin wrote and distributed literature, met leading socialists that could support her movement and played a significant role in the Socialist International formation.

When she returned from Germany, she became the editor of Die Gleiccheit- an SDP newspaper targeted towards women. She also associated herself with the leftist thinker and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. In 1910 she became the co-founder of the International Socialist Women’s Congress. As a co-founder of the organization, she proposed that women’s day be celebrated on February 28.

In a conference comprising of 100 women from 17 countries across the world, that were socialist parties leaders, union leaders and female legislators, a Women’s Day proposal was put forward and was unanimously approved.  The conference was observed in 1911. In 1913, the date was shifted to March 8 and since then, the day has been celebrated as International Women’s Day.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, today the CSMT-Panvel local was operated by motor woman Manisha Mhaske.