Jamshedpur, March 11: International Women’s Day was jointly celebrated by NGO SEEDS and the Women’s Empowerment Forum at the Sidhu Kanhu Maidan in Musabani block of East Singhbhum district.
Over 1000 rural women from four blocks viz. Musabani, Dumaria, Ghatsila and Potka participated. SEEDS Coordinator welcomed the guests and the women present on the occasion.
A booklet on the achievements of the Women’s Forum “Mahila Sashakti Manch – Badhte Kadam” was released by the chief guest Vishal David Xalxo, circle officer of Musabani block.
In his address, Xalxo lauded the initiatives of rural women in enabling the poor families to access government entitlements. He suggested that they work closely with the panchayat institutions for the development of their villages.
The chief functionary of SEEDS, Dr Shubhra Dwivedy congratulated the 3000-member strong Women’s Forum for bringing about a transformation in their lives, their families and the society by spreading awareness about the rights of women, raising their voice against injustice and corruption.
She informed that 500 poor illiterate women were studying in 14 learning centers in addition to remedial classes which were being conducted for girls studying in government high schools. Sunil Varughese, chief brand and sustainability officer at XLRI, Manjari Akhoury, advocate, Shobha Mendhi, Prabha Thakur and Jagabandhu Sanda, coordinators of SEEDS, addressed the gathering.
A variety programme was presented by tribal women comprising of pata naach, doung naach, and langre; three skits on the importance of education, ill effects of liquor addiction and participation of women in gram sabha; awareness about legal rights of women by Women’s Forum secretary Lata Manki ; sharing of the milestones of the Women’s Forum by forum president Subola Soren and of the Primitive Tribes Forum by the president Raju Sabar. Punam Hembrom proposed the vote of thanks.