Tuesday, March 4, 2014


by BIS correspondent

KAPADVANJ-GUJARAT,MARCH 4, 2014: The Women’s Day celebrations was held on February 25, 2014 at Kapadvanj. It was indeed a pleasant sight to see groups of women entering the campus with  song, dance and laughter. They wished to show that the source of their strength was the cooperation among them. The Chief Guest was Ms Ritaben Patel, TDO Kapadvanj, while Ms Sejalben Brahmbhatt, Corporator, Kapadvanj Municipality, was the Guest of Honour.

 The initial registration alone recorded seven hundred and fifty women. The highlight of the programme was the distribution of Cash Credit Certificates to nine Self Help Groups . The Annual Report was also released with great fanfare. One of the participants also presented an appeal to Ms Ritaben Patel for a gutter line in their village. Ms Patel was both surprised and delighted that for the first time a woman handed over an application to her. She promised  a speedy action.

After the introduction, the garlanding and the lighting of the lamp , the women themselves put up a meaningful programme. They staged plays that challenged the present culture of Child Marriage and Foeticide especially of the girl child. One of the groups put up a play in which the roles of  the husband and the wife were reversed: The woman was the breadwinner and the husband the home-maker, something unthinkable in past years. Still another group forcefully insisted on young people being tested for AIDS before getting married.

The women themselves bore the cost of the sumptuous meal that was served to all. Over and above the monetary contribution from each group, two groups donated  rice and potatoes.All the women went home full of joy and appreciation for the work done at Don Bosco Kapadvanj.

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