International Women's Day is observed across the world on March 8. Women's Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural and political spheres, as well as to bring attention to women's rights issues. Historically, International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Today, some countries commemorate Women's Day with a public holiday, while others organise programmes at local levels to mark the day. One such programme is underway in Maharashtra, where a schoolgirl has been appointed Collector for a day.
According to a post by Buldhana's District Magistrate and Collector Suman Rawat Chandra, Poonam Deshmukh of the Zilla Parishad school has been named Collector for a day.Ms Chandra took to Twitter to announce that as a run up the International Women's Day, a few girls would be given the opportunity to act as Collectors for a day.
"To run up the International Women's Day, for a week a few of the bright girls will be given the opportunity to be Collector for a day," she wrote. "Today's Collector Zilla Parishad School's bright star Poonam Deshmukh," Ms Chandra added, sharing a picture of Poonam working at her desk.