Show of Women Empowerment: Women’s Day Celebration at Gaunaha

The International Women’s Day celebration at Rampurva village in Gaunaha brought together more than 3000 women, which was a show of women empowerment initiated by Jan Shiksha Bhawa, Rampurva. These women shouted slogans on women empowerment and against women atrocities while they took out a procession through the town. The motivated women charged with confidence were seen participating in the programme with much enthusiasm. The procession ended with a cultural fiesta at the school grounds. The programme began with the traditional lighting of lamp jointly by the block president Ms. Kasiya Khatoon and Fr. Joseph Sebastian, the director of Rural Education and Development Institute, Bettiah.

In her presidential address Ms. Khatoon focused the fact that, in today’s society, women are contributing to the development of the society. There was a loud and prolonged applause when she said, ‘pratyeg jagah, sukhiya ho ya dukhiya, mahila hogi mukiya’ [‘sukhiya’ or ‘dukhiya’ (names of women- sukhiya means happy and dukhiya means sad), in every place the leader will be a woman]. The cultural programmes that followed showcased the talents of mushar and tharu girls and women. All the programmes focused on various issues of the society. The women also took a pledge that they will be agents in creating a society free of violence and atrocities against lower sections of society. The cultural programmes like street play,dances, songs, speeches, etc. communicated the messages of drug free and safe society.

The programme was supported by MANOS UNIDAS. The orgranizers expressed their gratitude to MANOS UNIDAS for their support and collaboration in the empowerment initiative coordinated by Jan Shiksha Bhawan in this part of the world. Fr. Siji, Fr. Juno, Ms. Hansa, Sr. Alexina, Shilpa, Merline, Suja, Aski Hussain, Satar, and many others too were present during the programme.