International Women’s Day was celebrated in the most unique manner by the Salem Division of Southern Railway. The Train no. 22666 Coimbatore KSR Bengaluru UDAY Express was completely run by an all women crew from the Salem Division on 8 March, 2020. All aspects of the operation, were handled by women. In other words, the loco pilot, guards, as well as ticket examiners in the train were women. The train left Coimbatore station at 5.40 am. When the crew arrived at Salem, they were welcomed and honoured by the senior divisional finance manager, Salem, who distributed sweets to them. The crew also received appreciation from the press, media, passengers and railway officials.
The Salem Division has 1,131 women employees on the rolls, and the Division has been taking extra care to ensure safety for its women staff as well as passengers.
At the Salem Division, the celebration has been a ten-day long affair, which started on 1 March, and will last till the 10th of this month. The theme of the campaign is ‘Each for Equal’, reflecting the effort to create an equal world.
During this period, there will be health check-up camps, essay competitions, sports activities as well as self-defense workshops for the women. Women achievers will be recognised and felicitated during the ten-day programme under a campaign called #SheInspiresUs.
Meanwhile, elsewhere, women crew operated a train between Secunderabad and Vikarabad, covering a distance of 75 km, to celebrate Women’s Day.