Auckland Malayali Samajam celebrated International Women’s Day empowering the females of the community on Saturday, March 7, at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Royal Oak.

The guest speakers at the event were Ella Kumar, Renjini Nair and Shila Nair who through their speeches lauded the efforts of women making a difference in the community. Puketapapa local board member Ella Kumar elaborated on the psychological perspective of women’s health and wellbeing. Ella also emphasised the need to have a goal in life and work towards it with will power.

Speaker from Shakti, an organisation working for the women suffering from domestic violence, Shila Nair addressed the issue of domestic violence and spoke about the need to create awareness about women’s rights.

Renjini Nair spoke about anti-ageing beauty therapies and promoting self-care and skincare through cosmetic beauty therapy. An interactive session to discuss and share the life experiences of ladies who attended the event made the program lively and exciting.

“President of Auckland Malayali Samajam Yeldos Varghese offered great support for this initiative,” Joint Secretary of AMS Dr Mary Smitha said.

The main highlight of the event was the display of art, paintings, craft, flower arrangement and vegetable carving by the ladies present at the event. The event was organised by the female committee members of Auckland Malayali Samajam - Dr Mary Smitha, Vidhya Elavakunnath, Julie Vinu, Kavitha Raj and Blessy Adarsh.

 “Women’s Day is an opportunity to think and reflect upon the contribution of women in every walk of our lives. Auckland Malayali Samajam aims for a better future where men and women enjoy the same rights, status, resources and opportunities,” Secretary of AMS, Abin Mathew said.