On women’s day with the theme “ Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity : Progress for All “ the staffs and women associated with Mera Parivar come together to celebrate their journey for empowerment and dignity . A total of about 500 women came together. These women were mothers, sisters, mom in laws, daughters. They were mostly home makers or employed as domestic workers, maids, as daily laborers and vendors. Most of these women were from others states of India, who had migrated with their husbands in search of jobs. These are women who do not have the opportunity to come out and interact in such kind of activities or programs. It was a day of listening about women’s rights, equality and raising voices and sharing of concerns and struggles.
The day was celebrated with dances, poems, acknowledging each others’ contributions, and one-act play on the true life story of “sunita” who was earlier working in Mera Parivar.
|Sunita wedding picture 12 Feb 2011|
On women days’ a community radio , Gurgaon Ki Awaaz, Station Director Arti Jaiman and Programme presenter Sharmila helped the women in understanding the use of communication technology such as Radio to magnify their voice in their struggle for equality. The community radio in Gurgaon provides for discussion of issues, ranging from violence to health to empowerment of the marginalized women across Gurgaon . The direct interaction with the community radio station presenters help the Rajiv Nagar women to feel empowered to speak out their issues. The radio , as one useful tool to make people listen and hear the voices. It has also made a tremendous impact as one of the most popular radio in India.
|Sunita 8th March 2014|
Mera Parivar presented a touching story of one of their staff members Sunita, who got married in 2013 had a severe health related problems after she gave birth to a baby boy. As her condition grew worst , which was due to the negligence of the hospitals, Sunita’s in – laws sent her back to her paternal home. Since then her in laws never took care of her, nor her husband did not help nor check on her condition.
Mera Parivar once again took Sunita into their care. With the facilitations and dedication to fight for justice for Sunita, Mera Parivar empowered her to take the matter to the court of Mahila Mandal ( Traditional women’s Court) and the case is in progress. Mera Parivar, believes and is committed to bring new life and a new beginning for Sunita.
The story of Sunita is an encouragement and empowerment for all women , Reena Landge , Director in Charge of Education today stated that the solidarity of women and collective work of women will bring change.
Today on women’s day Mera Parivar and all women who are part of the struggle for justice and equality re affirm the commitment and dedication to strive to support each other and stand in solidarity to fight for equal opportunity for women in socio – economic and political process of the country.