International Women’s Day Workshop at Barli Development Institute

7 -  8 March, 2013
Barli Development Institute celebrated the International
Women’s Day on 8th March 2013 at 10:30 am. The
occasion also marked the conclusion of a 2-day
Workshop which had been underway at the Institute’s
campus (180, badi Bhamori, New Dewas road) since 7th
March 2013. The theme of the workshop was: “A
promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence
against women”, which is in line with the United Nation’s
theme for International Women’s Day this year.
Throughout 2 days (7-8 March), the rural women-
trainees were deliberating and consulting on various
topics related to women’s empowerment issues
including importance of women’s education, womens’
health, opportunities for rural women for self-reliance,
and expression of women’s freedom through a creative
painting workshop.
The chief guest of the program was Mrs Manisha
Pathak Soni (Superintendent of Police, Indore Police).
The special guests were Mrs Perin Homi Daji (veteran
social worker), Ms Kamlesh Gupta (DSP, Indore
Police), and Ms Nora Bretting (Germany). The guests
were welcomed with traditional artefacts made by the
tribal women-trainees. In her welcome address, the
Director of the Institute Mrs Tahera Jadhav
congratulated the trainees and said that this is a
special day for all of them. She said that Women’s Day
is a day of reminding ourselves that women need to be
given their rightfully due place in the society.  And
women should be proactive and come forward to claim
their rights so as to stop the widespread discrimination
and violence against women everywhere. Quoting from
Baha’i spiritual writings, she said that spiritually man
and woman are same, inequality in society can only be
stopped when women would come forward and claim
their equality by becoming adequately educated, and
self-reliant.
The chief guest Mrs Manisha Pathak Soni said that
she was delighted to be part of this program. She
said that the women-trainees have a very important
role to play in the society through use of the
trainings being given at the Institute. Congratulating
the trainees she also appreciated the overall
program and said that only if a woman becomes
self-reliant, only then can the family become
progressive. Sharing her experience as a police
officer, she said that women can become Durga
Maa if needed, and are not inferior to men.
Veteran social worker Mrs. Perin Homi Daji
charged-up the trainees with her inspiring speech.
She said that the women should come forward and
fight for justice. She said that women should
oppose the injustice in society like dowry, girl’s
early marriage, and other forms of social evils by
empowering themselves with right knowledge and
resolute action and serve the society. She shared
some memories of the life of (late) comrade Homi
Daji and said that service to society should come
from the heart and be an aim in life. Ms Kamlesh
Gupta greeted the trainees, and also reinforced
their confidence by saying that women are the
torchbearers of tomorrow’s world and have to
become self-confident and courageous.
In the cultural part, the trainees give interesting performances on contemporary themes of women’s empowerment,
education, tribal songs, and a play on importance of spiritual way of life. The screening of “One Woman” song which
has been dedicated to the women’s empowerment by United Nations was also shown to the trainees, in which 25
women from 20 countries composed and sung the song, expressing solidarity and unity. The program was attended
by 70 tribal women from 32 villages of Alirajpur, Dhar, Sehore, Badwani, Khargone, Dewas, and villages around
Indore. The vote of thanks was conveyed by Mr Yogesh jadhav (Chief Operating Officer) and anchoring was by Ms
Rekha Kewat.