A Miniature Sheet consisting of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the International Women’s Day (IWD) :
Issued on Mar 8, 2007
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a set of four commemorative postage stamps on “Women’s Day”.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta, based on the paintings provided by Ms. Jayasri Burman, a renowned artist.
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500, 500, 1500 & 1500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million each
Miniature Sheet : 0.1 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- 8th March is observed as International Women’s Day the world over. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is the story of ordinary women as makers of history. It is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. This is a day to remember the historic and revolutionary role of women’s movements including the role or women’s movement in the freedom struggle of our country. The International Women’s Day signifies the fact that securing global peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedom require the active participation, equality and development of women and to also acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
- The status of women in India has been subject to many changes over the past years. Women in India now participate in all activities such as education, politics, media, art and culture, service sectors, science and technology etc. Our Constitution guarantees equal rights for men and women. The Constitution is firmly grounded in the principles of liberty, fraternity, equality and justice. It contains a number of provisions for the empowerment of women. Women’s right to equality and non-discrimination are defined as justiciable fundamental rights. The Constitution is explicit that affirmative action programmes for women are not incompatible with the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sex. India has always attached great importance to the protection and promotion of the human rights of women. National Plans and policies have consistently reflected a vision of progress that is not narrowly confined to expanding incomes, but gives a central place to the achievement of human rights, freedoms and well-being for all.
- The impact of the various developmental policies, plans and programmes implemented by the Government over the last few years has brought forth a perceptible improvement in the socio-economic status of women. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 is the first of its kind and gets into the private sphere of a household.
- This year, the theme adopted for the International Women’s Day by the Ministry of Women and Child Development is ‘Survival to Success: Celebrate her life’. The postage stamps being released on the occasion of International Women’s Day portray woman in her role as the nurturer and preserver. They symbolise all the hopes, aspirations, skills, confidence and the yearning for emancipation, respect and rightful place in society. The flowers depict the natural blooming of hope and joy in every women’s life. The swans resonate with many celebrations singing paeans to glory of womanhood.
- Text : Based on material provided by the proponent.