International Women’s Day 2020 Celebration
A workshop to celebrate International Women’s Day was held at the Disha Training Centre on March 8, 2020. Hundreds of women from the villages of the organisation’s working area participated in the workshop. Issues like violence against women, women equality and women’s rights were discussed in the workshop.
Addressing the gathering, Disha founder KN Tiwari said the organisation was celebrating International Women’s Day enthusiastically since 1985. He gave history of the day. In India, it was celebrated in Pune in 1975 for the first time. This important is very important for all the women of the country as the reiterate their resolve for their rights, development, awareness and justice and decide future course of action.
Jahnavi Tiwari said the Government should make sincere efforts to end violence against women. All in the gathering must resolve that they will give equal opportunity to girls and boys in their homes and raise voice to stop violence of all kinds against women.
Shahi Parveen said Disha advocated for the rights of women right since beginning. Women had important role in the development of the country, but the society still put obstacles in the empowerment of women. Girls must get rights of education employment at par with boys.
Tasneem gave an introduction of 1 Billion Rising Campaign underway in 207 countries of the world and 17 States of India. Launched by the US actress Eve Ensler, the campaign seeks to end rape and violence against women.
She read out a 17-point charter of demands to all. The demands included end to violence against women, proper implementation of Domestic Violence Act 2005, monthly pension of Rs 2,000 for the elders in unorganised sector, 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament, Legislatures, government and private jobs, legal status of farmer to women, proper implementation of government schemes for poor women, etc. All the people concurred with the charter of demands by raising their hands. This charter of demands will be sent to the Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
The participants raised slogans like mahila hinsa band karo (stop violence against women), qaumi ekta zindabad (long live social harmony), Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai, apas mein hain bhai-bhai (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians all are brothers and sisters), umadte sau karod abhiyan zindabad (long live 1 Billion Rising Campaign), nari ke sahyog bina har badlao adhura hai (every change is partial without the cooperation of women), bhoomi ke adhikar me mahila hissedar hai (women are shareholder in right to land), etc.
May Disha workers like Suresho, Shamim, Mira Rani, P Ram. Pawan Rawat, Sambhav, Rajnish, Neelam, Rekha Sharma, Shakuntala, Rekha, Savita, Kunta, Rajjo, Ramrati, Saroj, Reshma, Savitri, Harichand, Gunjan Garg, Deepak, Ravi, Razia, Priti, Pradeep Luthra, Arun, Rajkumar Sharma, Riyasad, Shahnaj, Mukesh, etc., played important role.