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Celebration of International Women’s Day 2022

Chennai, 10th March 2022: Hand in Hand India and Belstar Microfinance celebrate its plethora of strong and independent women this International Women’s Day 2022 at Hilton Hotel, Chennai. The event was presided by Chief Guest, Ms. Vidya Gajapathi Raju, former Princess of Vijayanagaram, and Dr. Kalpana Sankar, Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India and Managing Director of Belstar Microfinance limited.

Women form the backbone of the Nation and this International Women’s Day Hand in Hand India, Belstar and group entities are proud to have been a support system to ensure that these power players from rural communities are recognized and facilitated in the right manner. The theme for the year is ‘Gender Equality today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’ and Hand in Hand India since its inception has strived to empower women and build them as equal power players in their respective communities.


The event will be kick-started with a welcome address by Mr. Srinivas Krishnamurthy, President of South India Operations which will be followed by a brief address by Dr. Madhu Sharan, President of North India Operations on the significance of international women’s day, and Ms. Sahaana Sankar, Chief Operating Officer of Hand in Hand India highlighting the organisation’s journey and role in women’s empowerment over the last 17 years. The Chief Guest will then address the audience where highlighting her experience with entrepreneurship, fitness and how she has overcome challenges to become successful in her life. She also will share her message for all women staff for International Women’s day. The Chief Guest and Dr. Kalpana Sankar will then present the Women of Excellence Award to select staff who have performed in an exemplary way in the last year.

The event will conclude with a Vote of Thanks by Mr. S Chandrasekar, Advisor, CSR, and Corporate Communications, Belstar Microfinance Limited; which will be followed right after by a cultural entertainment event.

Women are the future and the torch bearers of society and they deserve to be celebrated with equality, rights, and recognition. Happy Women’s Day to all Women out there who are strong against all odds and achieved their goals and dreams!

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