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Women’s Day celebration 2014 – FIDES

16 March, 2014 was an eventful day as FIDES celebrated Women’s day at Sacred Heart Convent Campus Bandapura, Bangalore. It was a mega event as all the 123 Self Help Group members from Kaverinagar, 10 neighbouring Villages and Ulsoor assembled in their best to celebrate “their day” with great earnestness and expectation. The focus of this year’s celebration was to create awareness among the women about the great evil of human trafficking and the promotion of ‘orange day’ celebration. The programme began with a prayer dance by the women of Ulsoor expressing their gratitude to the Almighty who accomplished great things through this institution.

Sr. Sumi Joseph FMA, the Directress of FIDES welcomed everyone present. The lighting of the lamp was a difficult task as the strong wind blowing did not allow the flame to burn on. Rev. Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, the provincial of FMA Bangalore, delivered the inaugural speech and spoke about the significance of the day Mrs. Varalakshmi one of the prominent members of SHG group presented the Annual report of FIDES. Mr. Rudrappa, the joint Registrar of Cooperative department of Karnataka Government and Mr. Ashwathaiah, the Assistant Registrar (retired) explained very clearly about the rights and responsibilities of women in the family and in the society. They also elucidated in detail and stressed on the concept of equality and freedom of women. Sr. Jacintha Lobo the Animator of Navajeevana, Chamarajpet, Bangalore who is also an outstanding member of CWC (Child Welfare Committee), with her unique and charismatic style, put in plain words, how women are important to a family, for a society and for the Nation.

To add more pep and flavour to her presentation she added action songs, slogans, acting during her discourse. Few children from Navajeevana all dressed in orange costumes joined her and stole the show by their acting and the message was communicated forcefully to the women. She explained very forcefully with anecdotes from real life, the situation of Indian women, their problems and their achievements. She did not forget to indicate very informative facts regarding infanticide, gender discrimination and inequality. Finally she highlighted the significance of the anti trafficking and ‘orange day’ celebration. Sr. Jacintha made all the women to commit themselves to restore the dignity of women and to fight boldly against trafficking and other evils against women. She also recommended the women to celebrate every 25 of the month as ‘orange day.’

It should be recorded in the FIDES history that for the first time, FIDES introduced Sr. “Nancy Memorial Award” to honour and encourage the students who get above 90% marks in SSLC and 2nd PUC in the target areas. This year Miss Sowmya (94%) and Miss. Sushma (92%) were the selected ones to bag this award.

The women of Ulsoor, Kaverinagar and nearby Villages staged different entertained the women and guests with their dances, Songs and Kolattam. The program was well organized under the able guidance and supervision of Sr. Alice Chacko the Animator and Sr. Sumi Joseph and staff were the backbone supporting this great event. 1800 women actively participated in the programme. The women were very enthusiastic and carried out the duties allotted to them with care and precision. Sr. Leema Monteiro’s final words of appreciation and thanks were acceptable to all as she spoke in very good Kannada and ended with a lovely story recommending all to live what they had heard from the speakers. A good lunch was served by Fides.

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