New Delhi, March 13, 2015: Last year, we shared 'stories of hope' of Sunitha from a village in Andhra Pradesh to Anjalai and Parameswari in Tamil Nadu to Sandhyarani in Manipur. Today their lives are stories of change, independently earning their livelihoods and meeting their needs. (Click here to see their messages)
This year FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) celebrated the power of many women like Sunitha, Anjalai, Parameswari and Sandhyani to mark the day. To make this day special, FXBIS hosted a series of events under the theme 'Make it Happen' in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram and Uttar Pradesh.
Jharkhand being the bed of human trafficking, FXB India Suraksha through its intervention successfully implemented the Suraksha Program on preventing trafficking at source and continues to spread its wings in more panchayats under Namkum block in Ranchi district. FXBIS observed the day with more than 100 women from Dungri Panchayat in Namkum block, who engaged in a lot of traditional sports activities to observe International Women's Day.
A public seminar under the theme 'Make it Happen' with the participation of more than 50 women including the self help group members were organised at the FXB Village in Mathur Periyar colony in Tamil Nadu. Ms. Mararvizhi, School Head Mistress, Mathur Primary School, addressed the gathering by throwing some light on the importance of the day. She stressed that women’s participation in decision making has improved since the independence of our country as at least 85% of girl children attend school/universities as far as Tamil Nadu is concerned and having a fair share of female sex ratio. This was followed by different sports events such as musical chair and passing the ball among the women who played the sports with complete joy. Prices were distributed to all participants. The seminar was attended by the panchyat presidents, village leaders, counselors and some other NGO members.
At Gautam Budh Nagar in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, where FXB India Suraksha is working with Childline (India's first 24 hours free emergency phone outreach) along with Sai Kripa, a shelter home for the orphan children, took the women beneficiaries from the Slum program area for a exposure visit to Sai Vocational Training Center which has bakery, tailoring, beauty & electronic units running. Interestingly, after the visit most of the women are motivated to join the training center which will help them become independent in coming future.
Far east in Manipur, the women self help group members, who once faced the threat of HIV/AIDS, but now live a content life celebrated the day remembering their journey so far. FXB India Suraksha partnered with Youth Development cum Library Centre, Imphal East and the Gram Panchayat of Heingang village to observe the day with more than 500 women. Members of Heingang Gram Panchayat and President of Youth Development cum Library Centre graced the function as chief guest. They appreciated all the participants and audience for their zeal and enthusiasm as the women participated in activities like talent hunt, football matches, race, musical chair, tug of war etc.
To mark the occasion, Mamta Borgoyary, CEO FXB India Suraksha says, "This year, we celebrate the undeterred spirit of a woman and her ability to effortlessly transform her life and those who are in need around her. We gave women wings through knowledge and opportunities, and they soared high building a life of quality for themselves, their children and their family".
In Mizoram, the day was celebrated with the HIV positive Widow Support Group and was dedicated to their fight for stigma.
The women group with around 50 members in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh engaged in different types of sports to symbolize empowerment and social inclusion.
FXB India Suraksha with vast experience in implementing interventions at source that builds capacities of women and young girls has been committed to the empowerment of women and children who are stigmatized and abandoned in society.
Have a glimpse of the day through the colourful photographs
Watch a short film, 'stories of hopes' that has the messages of women entrepreneurs from different corners of India.