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1034 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Opportunity to Make a Difference

posted Mar 10, 2020, 9:22 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Mar 10, 2020, 9:23 AM ]
Mumbai, 08-March-2020: Nearly 1400 women from the slums of Mumbai attended the annual International Women’s Day celebration, organised by Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), at the sprawling Don Bosco Matunga campus on March 08. The day-long event was not only filled with fun, food and entertainment but also number of workshops on health, financial literacy, etc.

The DBDS team, headed by Father Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) ensured that the women from the slums of Mumbai not only had a wonderful time but also enriching time with one another during the day. The Chief Guest for the day was Fr Ashley Miranda (Vice Provincial) and the guest of honour were Fr Manuel Murzello (Provincial Economer), Suhani Mendonca (Director - Mendonca Foundation), Jayesh Chandan (President – Don Bosco Alunini Matunga) and Miss Shamika Ranade. The other Salesian priest who graced the occasion were: Fr McEnroe Lopes, Fr Gregory D’almedia and Fr Anthony Goyal.

The morning was filled with inspiring messages by the dignitaries and competition for “Ideal Self-Help Group” – three groups won cash prizes for their valuable contribution to the society. Members of the association of Auxilium India too sent a video message from Milan, Italy.

After the sumptuous lunch for all, there was the dance and cultural competition. Fr McEnroe, Ms Suahni, Ms Shamika and Ms Charlotte were the esteemed judges for the same. This was truly the highlight of the day because apart from dance for entertainment; the women brought forth meaningful messages like: save a girl child, gender equality, save the planet, etc.

Likee (short video creation and sharing platform) team were one of the co-sponsors for the event, they distributed prizes for the three most inspiring women from the slums of Mumbai – all the three women were mentored by DBDS. They also gifted all the women lovely cloth bag.

The day ended with a small surprise gift for all the women who participated in the event. Empowering women as a concept is noble but practical implementation is a challenge. DBDS has accepted this challenge and is working to give women the opportunity to make a difference.
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