President greets women on the eve of International Women's Day

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New Delhi, Mar 7 (UNI) President Pratibha Patil today greeted the women of the country on the eve of International Women's Day for their relentless effort in shaping the nation's destiny.

In her message, the President said she was extending her greetings and felicitations to all sisters for their continued role and relentless effort to develop the country.

''Our women, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, took part in the freedom struggle and were even today making determined efforts to transform the social order in a just manner and fighting evils like female foeticide, infanticide, and dowry, Ms Patil said.'' Urging the women to extend a helping hand for hapless and underprivileged people of the nation, she said empowerment of women was the most effective way of bringing about development and alleviating poverty.

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