With an aim to acknowledge the accomplishments of diverse women, Udant organised a series of sessions on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Guest of honour at the morning session was World Beauty Queen 2019 second runner up from Saligao, Nakita Tania Fernandes. In her address, she encouraged women to achieve their goals by disregarding the hurdles in their way.
The morning session consisted of a training session in flower jewellery conducted by Rekha Borkar followed by an enlightening talk on ‘Building Immunity with Nutrition’ by professor at Goa College of Home Science, Varsha Naik.
The afternoon session began with a game wherein the women present had to create clothing or accessories out of newspaper. This was followed by a motivational talk by psychology professor and emcee, Alisha Da Cunha; actress Veloshka D’souza and ainger Silvina Lopes.
On the occasion, the accomplishments of several women were celebrated. The women felicitated at the hands of chief guest and winner of Rubaru Miss Goa 2019, Narusha D’souza included youth icon and singer, Akshada Bandekar; entrepreneur of Star Agro Products, Shradha Sawant; singer, Silvina Lopes; tennis star, Natasha Palha, Special Olympics World Games 2019 gold and silver medalist in table tennis, Sabita Yadav and TGPC Miss India first runner up and Femina Stylista 2020 from Varca, Amanda Vas.
Earlier Udant had invited stories and poems written by women from all walks of life; to inspire, challenge, entertain and provoke thought from a gender angle. The winners of the ‘Celebrate Women’ contest were headmistress of GHS, Morpilla, Morena Noronha for best story and student from Vasco, Tara Lamani for best poem.
The programme also features singing performances by Johnny B Gud, Sidney and Silvina Soares, Veloshka D’Souza and Akshada Bandekar.