A boon for working women

BANGALORE, APRIL 24. It will be more than another working women's hostel.

The 17,400-sq.ft. building named Aarthi to come up at Koramangala will provide working women from lower and middle income groups decent and affordable accommodation. The additional facilities which will make Aarthi special are a day-care centre for preschool children, a counselling centre for women in crisis, a shelter for women in distress, a library and documentation centre, and a multi-purpose hall for leadership training and holding conferences and cultural activities, all aimed at women.

The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, on Saturday laid the foundation stone for this project of the Young Women's Christian Association. "The rapidly growing city attracts many young women in search of employment, and the YWCA's initiative will provide them a secure and affordable place to live in," he said.

Also present on the occasion were Kalpana Kar, a member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force, and Mohan Isaac, Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS.

The YWCA of Bangalore started functioning in 1965 and runs a working women's hostel on Mission Road.

It also manages a primary school for the children of Khader Sheriff Gardens and surrounding slums.

Activities at the school include regular medical checkups for the children, immunisation, sponsoring deserving boys and girls for higher studies in boarding schools, and holding vocational classes for older girls who are dropouts. There is also a cr�che for young children of domestic workers. Supporting and working with women in distress has been a long-term commitment of the YWCA. It provides such women temporary accommodation, counselling, and support. The association also networks with other NGOs working with victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, and discriminatory laws.

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