March 29, 2019
The Gender Equality Program of DJJS, Santulan, undertook its annual month-long campaign, Swabhiman, from 1st March to 31st March 2019, celebrating the feeling and essence of the International Women’s Day and its 2019 theme “Balance for Better”; with an aim to reinstate the lost glory of Womanhood.
Women, since almost a century now, have been fighting for a balanced society. The definition of a balanced society might be different in varied contexts, but in terms of gender it simply means a society where its two pillars; Women and Men, play an equal, egalitarian role in taking the world towards a better future. A balanced society, therefore doesn’t mean creating a gender just society, it essentially means, Thinking Equal, Building smart and Innovating for change. To realize this idea of a balanced society, Santulan framed its workshop in sync with the United Nations theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Balance for Better”. Thinking Equal, in terms of professional opportunities for women, Building smart, and paving the future for an egalitarian society and Bringing Innovation and creativity to the ways and methods used for achieving women empowerment.
Santulan this year, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated the feeling of womanhood and organized events all across the country focusing on Challenges and Mantras concerned with Women Empowerment.
The events packed with enthusiastic and reforming sessions had hundreds of participants and beneficiaries all across the nation. The dance ballet, “I’m a Woman, is it a crime?” beautifully show cased the challenges that a woman faces while walking on the paths of realizing her dreams, an informative and interactive Forum Theater on how Women Empowerment is more critical and peculiar than it appears. The beneficiaries could relate and hence became active participants in the forum theater.
Further, the event progressed to show the contributions of Santulan as the country’s greatest movement creating Gender Just Society, with 8 years of incessant efforts, working in more than 12 states of India, with approximately 8000 Women peer educators, and 25000 dedicated Women change Agents. And finally the event commenced with a Question and Answer round.