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055 - Over 1400 Women Participated in the Women’s Day: 493 benefited from the free medical camp

posted Mar 6, 2017, 10:54 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 10:54 PM ]
Mumbai, 5th M
arch 2017: Over 1400 women from different slum pockets of Mumbai came together to celebrate International Women's day programme organized by Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) on 5th March 2017 at the Don Bosco School Campus, Matunga. All the women who participated are the beneficiaries of the works done by DBDS in the slums of Mumbai. The inaugural session included the presence of Mrs. Arundhati Gawde (Retired Professor & Social Activist) as Chief Guest, Mrs Mangala Naik (Planning Dept. BMC) as Guest of Honour and some other eminent persons.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director, DBDS) welcomed the dignitaries and all the women participants. He then invited the entire gathering to remember women who are victims of different violence. After a short prayer Mrs. Arundhati Gawde spoke about the importance of women’s day and the need for women to be leaders in the community. She shared her vast knowledge and experience to inspire women to be the change agent to empower oneself and others in their neighborhood. Mrs Mangla Naik spoke about the government programmes and policies and how women can benefit from these government schemes. She also stressed on the need for women to come forward to claim their entitlements under various schemes.

Fr Rolvin D’Mello briefed about the works of DBDS and cited how empowerment is trickling down to the last women in the slum community. He expressed his confidence that in the next few years the now women in the audience would get sufficiently empowered to be the Chief Guest for future Women’s Day Celebration.

Simultaneously 493 women took benefit of the free medical camp which was held in collaboration with Lilavati Hospital. The camp began at 8.30 am in which a team of specialized doctors along with paramedical staff screened the women for various ailments. There were variety of specialties available and all the 493 women got a chance to avail of all the specialties; along with free medicine for a month.              
Sumptuous lunch was served to participants at 1pm. Post lunch, “Vocational Skill Certification” ceremony was held for the students who underwent vocational training in Beauty culture, Mehandi, Computer and English speaking. Mr. Balasaheb Kakad (Sr. Inspector, Matunga Police Station) and Fr Savio D’Souza (Rector of St. Dominic Savio Church, Antop Hill) were the guests of honor for the afternoon session. 384 students were felicitated in the ceremony. This was followed by various cultural programme, dance and street plays on women issues. It was a memorable fun filled day which ended with a promise by every women to care and share with each other. Evening snacks were served at the end event at 6.00pm.