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058 - Being the Catalyst of Change: Celebrating International Women’s Day

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:18 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 6:18 AM ]
Pune – 11th March 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) celebrated International Women’s Day on 11th March 2017 at Anna Bhau Sathe Hall, Yashawant Nagar (Pune). More than 200 women from the different women’s groups (who are also the beneficiaries of DBDS) participated in the event. The programme was organized by DBDS under the aegis of Women Empowerment Project funded by Manos Unidas (Spain).

The Program started with lighting a lamp and singing a welcome song by the students from the evening remedial classes. Mrs. Kiran Moghe (President - Janwadi Sangathna), Ms. Nandini Jadhav (Chairperson - Anti-superstition Act, Pune), Mr. Karane (Corporator - Yerwada), Fr. Nelson Carvalho (Rector - Don Bosco Youth Centre), Fr Vincent Rasquinha (Project Incharge) and Mrs. Sulbha Shirsagar (Ex Corporator - Yerwada) were the guests for the programme.

Welcoming the participants and guests, Fr Nelson greeted everyone on the occasion of International Women’s day and encouraged them to unite together for their welfare. In her address, Mrs. Kiran Moghe laid down the importance of women in society and need for building better society through gender equality.

Ms. Nandini Jadhav addressed the issue of superstition and witchcraft prevalent in society. She narrated story of women who were duped by Tantrik babas for their 100% effective magical powers which allegedly could get rid of any of their troubles in this world, make them rich overnight, blissful married life, guaranteed sons, etc. She demonstrated the tricks of these Tantrik babas and showed the scientific reason behind such tricks. She called upon participants not to fall prey to such people and use their common sense instead.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karne Gurugi informed about the various government schemes available for the women and how they can take advantage of these schemes. He also shared his ideas on how women can make the slums alcohol free as alcoholism is one of the major reasons behind domestic violence and broken families. Mrs. Sulbha Shirsagar spoke about the importance of SHGs and how SHGs can be strengthened to become a medium for women empowerment.

This was followed by sharing experiences by participants where they sang songs and danced to celebrate the event. The programme ended with serving lunch and presentation of a gift to everyone as memorabilia for the event.