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Women’s Day Held In Bellary; Bishop Insists On Education For Dignity And Respect

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altBELLARY, MARCH 15: Addressing a large gathering of women from different parts of Bellary diocese, who met to celebrate the International Women’s Day, March 15, Bishop of Bellary insisted on the need of “education for human dignity and respect for all at all levels”.

In his inaugural address, Bishop Henry D’Souza urged “to foster a culture of respect for dignity and honour for all humans, cultivated already in the families and later in schools and colleges”.

Bishop D’Souza also urged the women to cultivate a habit of savings and to fight the social evils such as human trafficking, substance abuse and domestic violence unitedly.

The day-long programme was organized by Bellary Diocese Development Society (BDDS) under the direction of Fr. Paulraj and ably assisted by Navajeevan Society of Cluny Sisters and Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama.

Later, Ms. Renuka, Director of STIERUA highlighted the major issues affecting the women of Bellary district, like human trafficking, Devadasi system, Girl Child labour and gender inequality.

Thereafter, Ms. Lingamma from Korlagundi, Ms. Annamma from Cowl Bazaar and Ms. Jyothi from Navajeevana, shared their experiences in the field of empowerment of women and motivated the gathering.

In the afternoon, a huge rally was taken from Mothi Circle to Deputy Commissioner’s office and a memorandum was read by Ms. Mary, SHG member from Bandihatti and the same was submitted to Head Quarter’s Assistant Mr. Chandrashekhar.

He assured the women that the demands will be considered favourably. There were over 400 women who actively participated in the celebration and in the rally.

The programme was held at BDDS campus and the guests present were: Msgr. Chowrappa, Vicar General; Ms. Renuka, Director of STIERUA; Fr. M.S. Irudayaraj, Coordinator of Diocesan Commissions; Mr. Deshapande, Representative of Pragathi Grameena Bank and Mr. Jagannath, Manager of District SC/ST Commission.

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