SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO organized International Women’s day,2020 in Trichy in its Allur centre on 8th March 2020 with theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. SEVAI-OFI Women Self Help Group Federation members assembled on this occasion in the community centre of SEVAI- Allur.SEVAI women coordinator Ms.T.Vanitha Presided over the women’s day celebration.
The Associate Director of SEVAI Ms.C.Suda delivered the key note address on international women’s day speech and said, “International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace; it celebrates women’s achievements worldwide celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Everyone can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender equality more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, and develop more inclusive and flexible cultures. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic actions to accelerate gender parity. ”.
Ms.Suda admired SEVAI –OFI SHG women Federations members for their achievements in achieving equivalency education, quality of life improvement, income generation based on self help group interest.
The Associated Director of SEVAI further said, “The SEVAI-OFI promoted Allur SHG Federation with 78 women members is able to set it up a garments production unit as its income generation enterprise with the of the objective of livelihood promotion to provide income generation to women for their economic and social well- being for promoting viable enterprise and such and Entrepreneurship Development helps the rural SHG women to improve their status and their decision making within the family and as well in the society with good leadership qualities in order to be a successful and good managing all the aspects of professional and their personal lives and SHG Federation in Allur have the ability to make big decision and the right decision.
Women’s day celebrations become attainable through Women Self Helps in rural India as Self Help Groups are considered as one of the most important tools to adopt participatory approach for the economic empowerment of women.
The basic objective of SEVAI-OFI promoted SHG is to empower rural women and to create income generating capabilities for poor rural women, by providing a sustainable micro enterprise opportunity, and to improve rural living standards through health and hygiene.
SHGs have led to growth of awareness, capacity building, education and availability of information which has led to confidence building among rural women. This has helped them to struggle and win over various social issues like prohibition of alcohol in the village, creation of awareness on HIV and ability to handle complex issues.
The women after being attached with the SHGs are able to deal with banks, government officials and NGOs. It is an important institution for improving the life of women on various social components. SHGs enable its members to learn to cooperate and work in a group environment”.
The SEVAI-OFI Federation leader Ms.A.Vijaya was honored on this occasion with SEVAI Souvenir of International women’s day 2020. Ms.Vijaya said that under this the garments stitching unit each member earns minimum of around f Rs.7500/- per month under this SEVAI-OFI Promoted SHG Federation garment unit.