MOB Rural Health Centre, Mandya together with Ashraya women’s federation group celebrate world women’s day on 16th March, 2018
Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls are the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world."
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. It is also an opportunity to consider how to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning and to stand in solidarity with all those fearless women standing up for gender equality, and spotlight those who often pass unnoticed.
At 10.30 a.m. on Friday March 16, 2018 around 1000 women from 55 women’s group from various villages of Mandya, Pandavapura and Srirangapatana in Karnataka gathered for a rally from Silver Jubilee Park in Mandya city which was inaugurated by Srs. Annie and Alice. They were welcomed by Mrs Chandrakala who was working in MOB as coordinator of women and is elected as the municipality vice president who continues to extend her collaboration to MOB being an advisor and a member of women’s federation. After the rally the women were gathered in the municipal hall for the function. Mrs Ambika, co-ordinator of women’s group of MOB welcomed all, and emphasized the unique role of women in the society today. She invited everyone to reflect on the progress made in achieving the goal of all round development of women and of implementing a pro- active agenda of change.
Dr. Rochana, Head of TB Department of Mandya district inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp and she in her inaugural speech spoke about the necessity and importance of educating girl children and the need of women to become independent in the society. Mandya District officer for the disability and senior citizen Mr. Ramakrishna emphasized the need to recognize the calibre of every woman and encouraged women to acknowledge these talents which they have and to avail various government schemes for the welfare of women. Political leaders, government officials, students, various social groups, children, were present for this programme and everyone contributed to the function either by their speech that highlighted the changing role of women and encouraging everyone to support the education of the girls to allow them to be at the centre of society or by dance or songs or skits which highlighted the achievements of women and their roles in the society.
To promote awareness and to encourage everyone to contribute towards the welfare programme of MOB for the orphans and the destitute the Hundi (saving box) was inaugurated by the guests and the people gathered contributed their share for this noble purpose and it was a wake-up call for everyone to save little money like a drop in the ocean to help the less privileged ones of the society.
The demonstration of women power sends the message across the world that through marches of solidarity, viral social media campaigns, cultural efforts and powerful grassroots organizing the need to galvanize for a future that is gender equal. While some of these movements have captured the headlines, other efforts persevere far away from the limelight, these rural women continue to mobilize, disrupt the status and influence a broad range of policy, legislative and social reforms, to end violence. Events such as this amplifies the voices of rural women to identify ways in which the government and various forces in the society can support accelerated action towards gender equality and women’s social, economic and political empowerment to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.