A combined awareness programme conducted by Dhan Foundation

Women continue to suffer in all spheres of life since centuries. The only variance appears to be in the severity. Illiteracy, unemployment and inflation force women to take up low paid jobs like domestic helpers and labourers, reader in Visakha Government Degree College for Women K. Padma said. In the run up to International Women’s Day, an awareness programme was organised by Dhan Foundation at FMC Community Bhavan where Mahila Kalanjia Samakhya members came together to understand the two different concepts – importance of having nutritional diet and protecting themselves against sexual assault.

According to the nature of work, one should know their rights such as working for not more than eight hours, maintaining health and nutrition, knowing about maternity leaves and demanding wages equivalent to the job, among others, said Dr. Padma.

Rally taken out

A rally was taken out by SHG members raising slogans and carrying placards displaying messages -- ‘usage of millets is good for health’, ‘let us visit Aganwadi centres and eat nutritious food’, ‘vulgarity in cinema should be condemned’, and ‘Justice Verma Committee’s recommendations should be implemented’.Regional coordinator of Dhan K. Rama Prabha said women were prone to psychological and sexual assault right from the birth to death. “At every stage there is some sort of harassment faced by a woman. Today, women are good at multi-tasking compared to men but the discrimination remains unchanged. We should strive to bring awareness among SHGs and try to control the offences as mush as possible,” she said.

A few women also shared their recipes on healthy snacks. They explained about the harmful effects of junk food and encouraged healthy eats using ragi , jonnalu , sorghum and other millets and minimum oil and spices.