Women empowerment in simplest of words is basically the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.
Today we the women coordinators of different houses were gathered at Marialaya Chennai for a meeting. It started with a short prayer conducted by Sr. Arul Mary Soosaimuthu. Welcome address was given by Sr. Michael Sujatha, followed by the introductory talk by Rev. Sr. Stanislaus Dora, the Provincial counselor. She highlighted the theme of this year “Love Never Ends” through some visuals. She explained the understanding the true love of God the Father and different ways of its manifestation. She also compared the love of the parents towards their children in today’s society.
After a short break she spoke about the project on Skill Development Initiative on Modular Employable Skill (MES)the main Purpose of this MES is to develop the skills for the dropout youth and for the unorganized workers who have no proper skill set. It was an eye opener for all the coordinators. Then at 11.30 am Sr. Soosaimuthu Arul Mary, Provincial Women coordinator asked the members to share and evaluate the work done for women SHGs and the challenges we have faced. Every one shared their views and the conclusion was to carry out the work creatively in order to make the women to be convinced to hope for better future.
Violence against women is woven into the fabric of society, every day we see images of violence against women in the news, on TV shows, in the movies, in advertising, and in our homes and workplaces. It has become a fact of life for women of all ages, races, and classes.
Orange day – (UNiTE to end violence against women) was initiated on 25th June at Marialaya, Broadway, Chennai. The day’s event started with the Short inspiring talk before the rally by Sr. Arul Mary, the Women Coordinator who said every form of violence threatens all women and limits their ability to make choices about their lives. Voicing out various slogans around 150 women lined up to join for a rally enthusiastically.
Programme of the day was well organized it started with the prayer followed by the introductory talk by Sr. Dora Stanislaus Provincial Counselor. Sr. Rajendran Thimena Celine –Social Communication Sector Coordinator presented a short video on the state of women today and the need to celebrate the Orange day – UNiTE campaign to end Violence against women. The women group members staged a drama depicting the freedom of women to make decisions for her life by her choices. Penmai Potruvom was a wonderful song which renewed the vigour of the people. The panel discussion headed by Sr. Isabella Alphonse NDF Coordinator fueled the four speakers to speak convincingly of the problems that they face and how they are to interact positively and respond in their lives differently. There was wonderful intervention by the women group members present. Chief Guest of the day Mrs. Shoba Augustine – Advocate at Chennai High court, molded the gathering with her counseling tips and affective skills. She made them to understand the capacity and outstanding skill of women to be a creator, reformer of oneself and of the society. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks and National Anthem.