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International Women’s Day Held In Bellary; Theme: Make It Happen

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altBALLARI, March 21, 2015 (Sr. Marie Christine): International Women’s Day was celebrated in Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama, Bellary to encourage effective leadership and recognize the greater role of women among local women.  

It was jointly organized by Diocesan Women Commission and Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama (Women’s Development Center).  

Fr. Paulraj, Vicar General, Sr. Margaret RGS, Joint Secretary, KRCBC Women’s Commission, Sr. Thangamma, FS, Smt. Susheela, Asst. Professor, VVV Sangha  B. Ed. College, Ballari were the resource persons of the day.

“Self empowerment of women is a powerful tool to free women from the clutches of traditional and social beliefs and repressive forces” noted Sr. Margaret RGS.  

“To foster responsible womanhood, education is the best tool” insisted Sr. Thangamma, FS.

The need to form Women cells in all the parishes to avail Government and other benefits was emphasized Fr. Denis Menezes, Parish Priest, Christ the King Church.

Women should usher in a new civilization of respect for all, human dignity, love and cooperation. That will ensure empowerment of women within families and society”, stated Bishop Henry D’Souza.

60 women participated in the daylong programme.

Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama, Diocesan Women’s Development Center which was started in 1991 by Bishop Ambrose of happy memory empowered hundreds of rural and economically poor women. As the institution was beginning it’s silver jubilee year, Bishop Henry D’Souza,  appreciated the dedicated service offered by the center for the deprived women to empower themselves particularly through education.    

Sr. Marie Christy, Secretary, Women’s Commission thanked Miss Sugantha Director, Mathe Maria Mahila Pragathi Dhama and Former Regional Secretary, KRCBC Women’s Commission for organizing so meaningfully and hosting the program. 

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