FICCI FLO, Pune Chapter honours COVID19 Frontline Women Warriors

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Pune, March 1 , 2021: In order to acknowledge the supportive and constructive work put up by frontline women warriors in their fight against COVID19, the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), Pune Chapter in association with Magarpatta City honoured 12 such women on Saturday in presence of Madhuri Misal, BJP MLA from Pune and Ayush Prasad, CEO, Zilla Parishad and members of FICCI FLO, Pune Chapter including Aneeta Sanas, Chairperson, Usha Poonawala, Senior Vice Chairperson, and Sonya Rao, Committee Member among others.

The frontline women warriors who were felicitated included Dr. Sonali Pathrikar and Jyoti Phalke from Zilla Parishad, officials from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) including Dr. Vanashree Labshetwar, Deputy Commisioner and Dr. Anjali Sabne, Medical Officer and Kishori Shinde, Officer from Shivajinagar constituency, Dr. Geeta Bora from Spherele NGO, Deepti Ghatge, Film Director, Sarika Shinde, Deputy Sarpanch from Pimpri Saandas village, Dr. Reema Tandale and Tripti Nanda, Chief Nursing Officer from Noble Hospital and Shilpa Chawan, Senior Inspector of Sahakarnagar Police station and Minakshi Mahadik, Police official from CP office.

Speaking on the event, Madhuri Misal said, “In India about 1 crore people were infected but we were able to restrain the spread of virus unlike the USA, mainly because of the work put up by our COVID essential workers and for our unity. All doctors, nurses and police personnel united in time of the crisis and worked for 24 hours only for the welfare of the nation. I am glad to be a part of this award.”

Ayush Prasad stated, “I remember visiting Sassoon Hospital in Pune once when the pandemic was at its peak and found that all the helpers in hospital including doctors, nurses and other staff were women who worked round-the-clock without taking leaves. Such is the strength of our women.”

He also said that the Zilla Parishad also found lots of cases of ‘Shadow Pandemic’, which is domestic violence during the lockdown. “Lots of women had to bear the brunt of violence at home so we formed 3 departments across 7000 wards to conduct a survey and act as mediators to pacify the household members. We found 927 cases of violence against women and 38 divorce cases,” he said.

Aneeta Sanas said, “Women ignoring their own health and safety, worked tirelessly to safeguard us all against COVID and displayed their humility, kindness, diligence and strength. In regards to that we had to felicitate these warriors through the awards. There is no tool as important as empowerment of women.”