Two elderly women from Kerala to receive 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' on women’s day

South India

KOCHI: Two elderly women, Bhageerathi Amma and Karthyayini Amma from Kerala, who have passed the Class IV literacy equivalent examinations will be bestowed with the Nari Shakti Puraskar today.

The award, the country's highest civilian honour for women, will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on International Women''s day on March 8 at a function in Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned about the achievements of the two women in his monthly "Mann ki Baat" programme recently.

Bhageerathi Amma was inspired to take the examinations conducted by State Literacy Mission in Malayalam, Mathematics and Environment in November, 2019. 

She is the oldest literacy equivalent learner under Kerala State Literacy Mission. She had to quit education to take care of her siblings. 

However, Bhagirathi has not travelled to Delhi due to her old age. 

98-year-old Karthyayini Amma appeared for writing the fourth standard equivalency course under Kerala Literacy Mission's Akasharalaksham Scheme in August 2018. 

She bagged the first rank and scored 98 per cent marks. She aspires to clear tenth standard equivalent examination when she turns 100 and also to acquire computer skills. She was also selected as the Commonwealth of Learning Goodwill Ambassador.

The International Women's Day is celebrated globally every year on March 8 to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

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