International Women’s Day was celebrated at ICAR-National Rice Research Institute (NRRI) on March 8, 2019. All the staff members joined together to celebrate this important event. At the outset, Dr. (Mrs) Priyadarsini Sanghamitra, Member Secretary,Women Cell of the Institute introduced the dignitaries on the dais. Then Dr. (Mrs.) Sanghamitra Samantaray, Chairperson,Women Cell, NRRI, welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, women employees, scientists, staff, farm women, research associates, senior and Junior research fellows, contract women workers participated in the celebrations.The programme was observed under the theme “think equal, build smart and innovate for change”. The participants watched the live webcast address of Hon’ble Prime Minister at 12.00PM. Thereafter, the staff of NRRI expressed their views on the importanceof celebrating this particular day. The Guest of Honour, Dr. (Mrs.) Mayabini Jena, Emeritus Scientist, NRRI delivered a motivational speech on women empowerment. The Chief Guest, Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, NRRI addressed the house with encouraging and inspiring speech and stressed upon how women can be self-dependant with courage and effort. The programme was ended with vote of thanks by Mrs. Gayatri Sinha,Technical Staff, NRRI.