March 8, 2013: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Pathways staff from CARE India, along with five of its NGO partners and leaders of Pathways women’s collectives, held five community events its two operational districts in the state of Odisha. The celebrations were attended by almost 2,000 people including collective members, dignitaries and local media. Programs were comprised of a variety of activities related to women’s rights awareness, collective empowerment and agriculture. Events included:
Street plays; video shows (including both recreational and informative); exhibition on different government schemes related to women empowerment; screening of documentary films; stage show of traditional folk theatre to share the importance of the day; demonstration on kitchen gardening; awareness camps on legal aid; poster presentation of Pathways project; rally by women members of collectives; and recognition of exemplary self-help groups.
Video show on market linkages and its sustainability; training on mushroom cultivation and other income generation activities; blood donation camp; health check camp and free of cost medicines distribution; display of local varieties of seeds, crop management, farm equipments and modern farm technique practices; demonstration of seed bed preparation and its management; veterinary camp; display of materials produced by self-help groups; demonstration of sapling and kitchen garden; awareness camp on women related laws concerning their rights; and poster presentation on Pathways’ activities with demonstration on collectives strengthening, livelihood, and marketing practices.
Newspaper clipping: Headline Translation, “International Women’s Day Celebration in Kalahandi and Nuapa”
Alongside these events, meetings were organized in both the districts to educate the community about different legal aspects that are crucial to women’s empowerment, schemes and provisions on maternal and child health, education and small scale enterprises.