CIRC Sonapur elaborately celebrated Women’s Day on 8th March 2015. It was a day long affair successfully conducted with active participation from CIRC team members and students. It was an involved affair with the CIRC students and the general public of Sonapur.
The programme was conducted in three phases namely: i] An inaugural session ii] A peaceful protest rally iii] Street play
The session was inaugurated with an inspirational speech by the centre manager Syeda Asma Kazi followed by screening of a short documentary on women empowerment named ‘Half the Sky,’. Post refreshments further proceedings of the day were carried out. The CIRC students were mobilized for a rally which was peacefully carried out to the market area from the Centre. The rally halted at the market area for the street play. The street play was named ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ resonating with the national campaign ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign’ for girl child. The play was scripted and executed jointly by the CIRC team members and students. The play touched on various burning issues pertaining to women and their position in the Indian Society. The play highlighted issues such as gender discrimination, domestic violence, double burden of work on women, human trafficking, alcoholism, poverty and education. The play emphasized on the importance of education especially for girls. It created awareness among audience on various government scholarships for education of men/women/girls from the weaker sections of the society.
The initiative was received well and appreciated by the audience. However, it was another step by CIRC Sonapur towards dissemination of information. Such activism is a routine need to spread awareness among people.