by BIS Correspondent
KAPADVANJ, MAR 23, 2017: International Womens' Day was celebrated at Don Bosco Kapadvanj on March 23. The theme was 'Swasth Naari, Swasth Samaj', meaning 'Healthy Woman, Healthy Society.' Over 1250 women belonging to 130 Self Help Groups (SHGs), from 65 villages of the Kapadvanj block of Kheda district in Gujarat, participated in the event.
Doctor Antima Patel, M S – gynecology, examined over 80 women as part of the 'Health Check Up' programme. A poster exhibition depicting 'Healthy Woman, Healthy Society' around the campus made a significant impact on the participants.
Doctor A S Shanghavi, health officer – Kheda district was the chief guest on the occasion. Expressing happiness at the organisation of the event, he said, "I congratulate the institution for its tireless service for the uplift of women in the villages." He also highlighted various schemes for women which would be beneficial in further improvement of their lives.
A well conceptualised cultural programme in the form of mono acts, skits and dances, by the women of the SHGs, voiced the concerns, anxieties and worries that rural women face.
Sanjay Parmar, field coordinator of DRISTI Don Bosco was felicitated for his dedicated service. Bidding farewell to the institution, he said, "Today what I am is because of the institute, and I will be forever indebted for it has helped me to grow to be a better person."
Father Mayank Parmar, director of DRISTI Don Bosco highlighted the importance of working for the betterment of the society as Don Bosco and his Mamma Margaret did in their times. A few participants said, "This annual feature, celebrating women is a great opportunity for us rural women to come together, celebrate our lives and bond with one another."