Roshni, January to March 2022

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Roshni January To March 2022

Hyderabad Branch Executive Committee members at the International Women’s Day event. (L-R) Smt. Rama Anantram, past Zonal Organiser, Smt. Manju Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Smt. Supriya Bhalerao, Secretary, Dr Sushma Mane, EC member

AIWC Hyderabad branch along with the Youth Wing members, visited the SR Nagar Police Station of Hyderabad. The Station Head is seen explaining about the duties of Police towards women.

Homage to Smt. Sarojini Naidu on her Birth Anniversary by Management and staff of Head Office. Sarojini House, New Delhi

Pathankot Priyadarshini Kandi Branch gave out certificates in the Udaan cutting and tailoring skill development program in Village Gayala Printed at : I G Printers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi-110020

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AIWC Celebrates Republic Day 2022

Our Office Bearers garland the statue of Smt. Sarojini Naidu on her birthday Greater Noida



Monovikas Bramhapur Ganjam Odisha

Smt. Sulochana Ramakrishnan of AIWC Wayanad branch was honoured with an award for outstanding social work by the Woman and Child Development Department, Govt. of Kerala. Here she is receiving the award from the District Collector.

Smt. Amreshwari Morla, Past Treasurer, was felicitated by Hon. Minister of Telangana Govt. Shri T. Srinivas Yadav on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Shri Goregaon Gujrati Mahila Samaj felicitated President Mumbai Branch & MIC Female Foeticide & Save a Girlchild, Smt. Harsha Ladhani for her commendable service to Society.

Allahabad - The Branch was honoured by Poorva Sainik Kalyan Samiti for social work

Roshni January-March 2022 Contents


Journal of the All India Women's Conference

 Editorial...............................................................................................2

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 Presidential Address 2nd Virtual Annual Meeting, 90th Session 21st January 2022. ......................................................3 -By Smt. Sheela Kakde

Editorial Board Editor Assistant Editor Advisor Editorial Assistants

: : : : :

President Secretary General Treasurer

: Smt. Sheela Kakde : Smt. Kuljit Kaur : Smt. Rehana Begum


: : : : :

 Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramiah Thirtieth President of AIWC..........8 -By Smt. Amareshwari Morla

Smt. Chitra Sarkar Smt. Meenakshi Kumar Smt. Supriya Bhalerao Smt. Ranjana Gupta Smt. Sujata Shivya

 Dr. Sarojini Vardappan Thirty-first President of AIWC.............11 -By Smt. Rehana Begum  A Day for AIWC to Remember and Rejoice................................15 -By Smt. Mythily Jagannathan  International Mother Language Day (Matri Bhasa Diwas)........18 -By Smt. Indrani Sengupta

Smt. Kunti Paul Smt. Gomathi Nair Smt. Bina Jain Smt. Veena Kohli Smt. Rakesh Dhawan

 Amritsar ...........................................................................................20 -By Smt. Poonam Mahajan  Bapnu Ghar Celebrates Lohri.........................................................21 -By Smt. Magdleen Marin

AIWC has Consultative Status with UN Observer's Status with UNFCCC Permanent Representatives : Smt. Sudha Acharya and Smt. Seema Upleker (ECOSOC) (UNICEF) AIWC has affiliation with International Alliance of Women Pan Pacific and S.E.A. Women's Association CONGO Global Water Partnership World Renewable Energy Network

 Garia Mahamayatala Jadavpur Constituent Branch, Kolkata....22 -By Smt. Basudha Ganguly  Jammu and Kashmir Women Society, Jammu.............................22 -By Smt. Nirmal Padha  Kalimpong Branch...........................................................................24 -By Smt. Aruna Pradhan  Program on Leadership Skills –Ujjawal Women’s Association, East Delhi...................................................................26 -By Smt. Sharda Sharma

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 Hyderabad Branch...........................................................................28 -By Smt. Supriya Bhalerao  Vikas Mahila Sangam, Mayur Vihar.............................................30 -By Smt. Sapna Acharya  Sanjeevni Mahila Sanstha, Meerut ...............................................31 -By Smt. Beena Agarwal

The views expressed in the articles published in Roshni are those of the authors only and not of All India Women's Conference. Subscription Rates Domestic Yearly Quarterly

 South West Delhi Women’s Association (SWEDWA)................32 -By Smt. Shubra Mandiratta  Ujjawal Women Association, East Delhi .....................................34 -By Smt. Yuthika Mishra

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 Smt. Gomati Nair Memories of a Friendship Spanning Decades.............................................................................................37 -By Smt. Indira Ramakrishna Pillai

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 Smt. Gomati Nair - An Affectionate and Compassionate Leader ...............................................................................................39 -By Smt. Usha Nair

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 Hindi Section....................................................................................41


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From the Editor's Desktop From: Editor, Roshni To: Members, AIWC Dear Sisters, We celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March. AIWC Branches organised programs on issues ranging from menstrual hygiene and women’s safety to entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The IWD campaign theme for 2022 was “Break the Bias”. How far are we from breaking the bias in India? The World Economic Forum ranked India 140th out of 156 countries on its Global Gender Gap Report last year and predicted that India would take 265 years to achieve equality between men and women!! It is clear that we have work to do. The UNDP Gender Inequality Index 2020, which studies (a) reproductive health and maternal mortality(b) the proportion of parliamentary seats occupied by women, and the proportion of adult females with some secondary education (c) economic status and labour market participation; placed India 131st out of 189 countries.The Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy, (CMIE) found that the most disproportionate loss of jobs because of the first wave of COVID-19 was among urban women. UNICEF reported that child marriages saw a sharp increase after schools closed during the lockdown.In an essay written in January 2022, Dr. Ranjana Kumari pointed out that India already bears the world’s largest share of child brides-- 23 million.The combined effects of school closures, economic stress, domestic violence and parental deaths due to the pandemic had put girls at increased risk.The bias continues after marriage. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which functions under the Union Home Ministry, the majority of cases under crime against women in 2020 were registered under ‘Cruelty by Husband or his Relatives’ India aims to reach the goals of SDG-5 by 2030. To make this happen, the next eight years will be busy for NGOs like ours, who are committed to the betterment of our sisters’ lives. Chitra Sarkar



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Presidential Address 2nd Virtual Annual Meeting, 90th Session 21st January 2022. By Smt. Sheela Kakde, President, AIWC Om Bhadram Karnnebhih Shrnnuyaama Devaah I Bhadram Pashyema-Akssabhir-Yajatraah I Sthirair-Anggais-Tussttuvaamsas-Tanuubhih I Vyashema Devahitam Yad-Aayuh I Svasti Na Indro Vrddha-Shravaah I Svasti Nah Puussaa Vishva-Vedaah I Svasti Nas-Taakssaryo Arisstta-Nemih I Svasti No Vrhaspatir-Dadhaatu II Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih II Meaning (May we all be protected, nourished and energised, may we all work together with great energy, may our intellect be sharpened, Let there be no animosity, Peace in Me, peace in Nature, peace in Divine Forces.)


amaskar to my dear Respected Patrons, Secretary General, Kuljitji, Treasurer Rehanaji, Vice Presidents, Jt. Secretary, Zonal Organisers, Members-in-Charge, Asst. Secretaries and all the Standing Committee members.

you all a healthy, happy and peaceful life always. Thank you everyone for making it convenient to join this Annual meeting of AIWC in the midst of the third wave of Corona and Omicron which has caused partial lockdown , fear and anxiety again. I am extremely grateful to the Almighty for helping us pass through the unique challenges of life

I am delighted to extend a hearty WELCOME to all my dear Sisters, for the 90th Annual Meeting and 4th virtual meeting being conducted from AIWC Head Quarters on Webex Platform.I wish 3


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successfully in the past two years. 2020 was very bad and we were facing new challenges; but 2021 did not leave anybody without a harsh blow. And here we are together once again seeing each other`s joyful faces though virtually. This has led me to think that we should try calculating our “Gratitude Index” in life and realise how blessed we are! How do you do this? 1) Natural wealth which we have inherited since birth—our healthy physical body, which has served us for so many years. Our normal and sharp,sensible mind. We have always taken our body and mind for granted. 2) Our different relations-near and far, some relations we have inherited, some we have acquired later in life. You will value these after visiting an orphanage. 3) The various facilities that we are enjoying. If you open your eyes and look around, I am sure you will not forget to count your blessings, even though you have toiled for it. 4) the people who have made our life comfortable for years together in our daily chores. The list is very big. Spend some more time on this thought, realise the truth of life and stay grounded.

adverse situation members are working dedicatedly to serve Society.To boost your morale let me give you some good, inspiring news by sharing the noteworthy achievements of our sisters. I am very glad to inform you that the dedicated, decadelong years of services in prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace by our Secretary General, Kuljit Kaurji`s contribution as External Member of Internal Complaints Committee for “Sexual Harassment at Work place for Women”, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and ESIC Dental College, New Delhi are recognised with an award and certificate. Online services of Kuljitji have extended beyond Delhi to other states from North to South for various Govt. Depts. and Private Sectors also. Well done Kuljitji, Hearty Congratulations from all of us and best wishes for many more recognitions and awards in your cap. In the category of Women`s Safety we have Smt. Kalpana Roy, from Raiganj Mahila Samelini. A very quiet worker, always on her toes and ready to move on request by a family of the woman in distress and rescue her. She has helped a number of women in distress in the COVID situation. Rehamunnisa Begum—a young advocate by profession from Andhra Pradeshhas completed one hundred webinars as a guest speaker on various topics, organised by institutes of repute in the district, State, National and International level in 11 months duration starting from 30th January 2021 till 30th December 2021. Sulochana from Wayanad, Kerala was honoured to be invited for National Consultation, by Multiple Action Research Group. Consultation was on Sexual Harassment and Women’s Safety in IIC, New Delhi, CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes to all!

Today we have gathered to understand how we have played in the most challenging situation in the past one year. I request each of you to be very attentive and give your fullest thought and support so that all three of us who have worked in harmony, as always, in the interest of AIWC, will continue to do that. We will plan our expenses also. Two years ago, when we had begun our journey together as a team, we had planned to work more for Women`s Safety, Save our Planet, Save our Earth and Swachhata Abhiyan and also care for Old Age Home matajis at Tarash Mandir. In spite of the 4

Roshni East Calcutta Constituency Branch—headed by Smt. Shikha Mitra has bagged an International Award from Gender Just Climate Solutions, Women and Gender Constituency in the NonTechnical Solutions Category in November 2021 at UN COP 26 meeting at Glasgow. This award was given in recognition of the work done at Sunderbans mangroves by the team from East Calcutta Constituency led by Smt. Shikha Mitra, President of the branch under the GUCCI project. Frequent cyclones in West Bengal mangroves destroy agricultural land and affect soil fertility. Inland and mangrove afforestation, as well as efforts to increase community resilience are crucial. This project carried out by indigenous women, aims to train beneficiaries in the preparation of seedlings and planting of mangroves. Sanju Women`s Association— Constituent branch of Women`s Indian Association, headed by Smt. Shanti Socrates has taken up the Project of Planet Abundantly Green with innovative ideas.They prepare Seed Balls and plant trees along highways. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the organisation they have taken up a project of planting and nurturing Fruit Trees by Grampanchayats. These are very good initiatives which can be followed by many.

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Zimedari” with thirty members has been awarded 1st prize on 12th August 2021 by the Govt. of India, at Vigyan Bhavan by Youth Affairs Ministry, for keeping their village, INDRAPALEM, AP clean and making improvements there. We congratulate all the Youth Club members on behalf of AIWC family for shouldering the responsibility of the village and putting in efforts to provide better life in the village. I am sure other youth clubs also will take inspiration and join hands in the Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission of our Prime Minister.

In the half yearly meeting 2021, I had said that we have to work on a war footing to save our planet, and each one has to put in her share. Have you done that? Many have done it. I also did my bit by preparing 150 saplings of Neem and gave them for plantation to MICs in Delhi and ZO Smt. Sumi Chopra in the reclaimed land.

Vice President, Smt. Bhavna Joshipura has proved to be an angel during the COVID Pandemic situation in past two years by caring for and giving lodging and boarding facilities for frontline COVID-19 workers who are the employees of the Government of Gujarat and were entrusted to the care of AIWC, Rajkot branch. More than seventy medicos have been given allotment at the Hostel for Working Women managed by AIWC. Rajkot Branch vaccinated 98,932 people. Excellent services by the Rajkot team under the Presidentship of Bhavnaben Joshipura! Counselling Services-The pandemic scenario had been a source of great hardship on the mental health and wellbeing of many. A Counselling Centre managed by AIWC, Rajkot had been working constantly for the mental support of those who need it through various platforms i.e. telephone counselling, video counselling, etc. Smt. Sheveta Rai Talwar—Our Asst. Secretary is also a Silent worker and Corona Warrior in Dehra Dun. She is the Queen of Awards. Her work is recognised at the local level and has got more than twenty awards during this period.

Youth Club of Kakinada branch, named “ManaVaru, Mana Badhyata” meaning “Hamara Gaon, Hamari

Dr.Manju Kak—as Member-in-Charge for Communal Harmony and Peace she has very 5


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successfully got the collaborative approval with National Foundation for Communal Harmony and Peace, and has conducted thirteen webinars in 2020. Three webinars on Peace were conducted in 2021. Two physical programs are done at Bikaner and Tripura recently. A few more are in the pipeline awaiting clearance during the pandemic.

This whole exercise was meticulously done by our Executive Secretary Poonam under the guidance of the Management. We appreciate Smt. Poonam Gupta`s persistence in completing this job. Registration in Public Financial Management System (PFMS), Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Expenditure, Govt. of India: This is for Swadhar Greha Grant for HO, BapnuGhar, New Delhi. NGO Darpan status of AIWC is also upgraded. Application for Registration with UP Govt. Swadhar Greha for Vrindavan Short Stay Home and Old Age Home together was also done. The Final Registration number is awaited. Then we will get regular funds for running the Old Age Home and Short stay Home at Vrindavan, which were stopped since 2008-09.

Smt. Tanushri Verma—A budding artist of Thanjavur created a beautiful piece of art and exhibited the painting at the India International Centre last month. Smt. Tanushri Verma painted our 1st President Maharani Chimnabai Gaekwad II in Thanjavur style with gold. Smt. Venu Agrani Dhingra—daughter of Allahabad Branch Patron has written her first book on Women Power, depicting Stree Shakti from recent past. Hearty Congratulations to all and Best Wishes.

In 2020, the first phase of sorting the old files in the basement area was completed. The files were numbered and kept section wise with the help of staff. This was reported in the last two meetings. Now all the files are checked for any important documents and sorted meticulously. We could find a few old maps of the building. A few original receipts of payments made from 1956 -1959 of Rs. 1 lakh (2 receipts) and Rs. 50,000/-(1 Receipt) paid to Govt. of India while purchasing the 6, Bhagwan Das Road property and also the valid Insurance policy papers of Satyavati were found. The older files up to the year 2005 are checked and then destroyed by separating the covers and tearing the papers. The loose papers were given to the vendors. In this clearance we were whole heartedly supported in sorting the files by Research Scholar Anupriya and Smt. Sujata Shivya from the

After the successful launch of E-waste collection centre on 30th July 2020, we at HO pledged for segregation of all the waste generated in our campus, to make the AIWC campus, a ZERO WASTE ZONE. I announced this during the Independence Day Celebrations and one and all present agreed and are sincerely working towards it. We have applied for the Hostel Licence which was overdue since many years. It was delayed for so many years as the Fire Licence was mandatory, and we got the Fire licence on February 2021. Now for the Hostel Licence, it has become an online procedure.Thirty-five documents were uploaded on the portal.The whole exercise took nearly four months as collecting various reports and documents from different departments took long. 6

Roshni MCM library as well as our staff, Salim, Ashish, Vijay, Mohan Ram, Suresh, Ram Ratan, Pappu, Ashok, Maya, Satya, Kamlesh, Ashok Mali and Chinu. Management is thankful to them for this service. We are planning for preserving and digitising the important papers found during this cleaning process.

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problem with Kuljitji`s long and deep experience of working in Public Sector has helped us a lot. Thank you Kuljitji. A special word of appreciation and thanks for Rehanaji as she has the knack of keeping the tense moments lighter by her jovial nature. Her caring nature is also worth mentioning. Thanks to the entire AIWC team of VPs, Jt. Sec., Asst. Sec., ZOs and MICs, for doing their best in the adverse situation and trying to create awareness on a variety of topics for our members. I cannot forget the team helping me in the webinar series of our Past Presidents, which has become very popular among our members. Thank you Supriyaji for creating lovely invitations, Yuthikaji for your lively moderation, Ranjana and Sujata for library support, Ritu and Pratibha for technical support and members who made the presentations, for all your efforts in producing interesting results.Thank you to all the SCMs, and Members for sparing your time and encouraging us with your love and active participation. Thanks are due to each and every staff member of every department for accepting to be in the “NO ANGER ZONE” always. Special thanks are due to Gayatri and the mess team. And complete surrender to Almighty for taking care of the family back home and entrusting this responsibility of AIWC to manage with all your support.

In the month of July 2021, during the heavy rains the plaster of the ceiling of the four rooms of the staff quarters had fallen but luckily nobody was injured. We shifted them to safer place and got the quarters repaired with waterproofing. The backside of the quarters also needs to be done. You all are aware that three of our premises were vacant and 4th one of the Handicapped Ministry was vacated at the end of last year. The lease rates have also come down drastically.A number of realtors had come to see the premises. Few of them were really good parties, some were trying to take undue advantage. Dealing with the variety of them has left us with a unique experience without any conclusive, fruitful result and has made us think in a different direction, which will be discussed as we move further. I always believe that success is never achieved by a single person, it is always the contribution of the entire team, small or big. A big Thank You to all the generous donors for the funds and their kind wishes for the cause. I am ever grateful to our Patrons for timely guidance. The wholehearted support of Sec. Gen. Kuljitji and Treasurer Rehanaji, has enabled us to achieve all that was aimed for. Combined efforts to resolve any

THANK YOU. “Sarve Sukhinh Santu, Sarve Santu Niramayah, Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu, Makashchit Dukhabhagbhavet Om Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:”



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Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramiah Thirtieth President of AIWC By Smt. Amareshwari Morla, Past Treasurer and Past Vice President, AIWC and collegiate-level programs.

Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramiah served as President of All India Women's Conference for three terms from 1971 to 1979. In the legendary AIWC organisation, Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramiah's contribution plays a very important role. One cannot forget her commendable contribution.

Her autobiography reveals a woman with a modern mindset, a clear vision of the goal, and tremendous courage in moving forward. In the Guntur area of Andhra Pradesh, such people are known as "Palannadu Pourusham" which means people who are very strong in thoughts and deeds. She would lay stress on two important aspects of working for women.

Yes, it stands like the 'IRAVAT'. She was instrumental in the construction of Aga Khan Hall and other buildings on the campus which made the organisation viable. This building continues to support AIWC and helps in the uninterrupted running of activities of the organisation. She is perhaps the most eminent scholar-activist in the cause of women for their upliftment in India. She was Patron and permanent Managing Trustee of AIWC and also President of Delhi Women's League. She was permanent Vice President of International Alliance of Women. She held various other offices nationally and internationally concerned with women's issues and participated in national and international seminars on women.She also conducted first-hand research on prostitutes in this country and abroad.


Think deeply about the problem and your understanding will give you the confidence to deal with it and to convince and carry others with you.


You cannot work forever so your task is to select, train, and inspire the next generation to carry on the good work.

Her thoughts were firm, her decisions radical, but her courageous views made her strongly oppose reservations, saying women should come up on their merit. Let me quote a few of her thoughtful insights. In her own words, “My predecessors in this position were brilliant women and pioneers in many fields of public life.Though I cannot claim these qualities I can only remind that AIWC has at least decided to avail of younger talent from its members and I have the good fortune of becoming its President at this juncture. It is not a day late”. She further said that,“This organisation, started

She is remembered for her strong personality, as a great optimist and also known for her hospitality. She always had a zeal for service and was committed to the cause of uplifting women's status by organising women as a group to stand up for their rights including those aimed at enriching the content of primary education, vocational training, 8


Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramaiah with President V.V. Giri

Smt. Lakshmi Raghuramaiah with her husband

…and daughter


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four generations ago by a few very foresighted women, is no longer an agitative body. I said this because the time has come when this organisation should recover its old spirit of dedicated vigorous activity in social welfare work that distinguished it during the pre-Independence period. In those days the AIWC displayed crusading zeal in its work and was indeed rewarded with great success in the end. Even today AIWC is carrying forward the legacy”.

Her contribution to the construction of AIWC buildings and Andhra Bhavan buildings at Lodhi Road adjacent to Shri Ram Mandir and Sai Baba Mandir is noteworthy. Many schools, organisations like Shivanand ashram etc came up in Delhi, Hyderabad, Guntur and many more places. She also worked on bringing up Andhra Mahila Sabha with Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh. She has inspired and motivated many younger generations to involve themselves and serve society.

Another angle was her flair for writing on burning topics. As a freelance journalist, she contributed articles and stories to many magazines. As an author, she published over half a dozen works of both fiction and non-fiction, all on the subjects of women and their problems in English and Telugu. Prominent among these are 1.

Autobiography of a Woman


Nightbirds - Indian prostitutes from devadasis to call girls.

One Quote: "Words can Inspire, Thoughts Can Provoke but only Action Truly Brings you Closer to Your Dream/Goal" We all strive to keep that stature flying in such a high esteem. The Spiritual experience is of living every minute with Love, Grace, and Gratitude. Namaste.

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Dr. Sarojini Vardappan Thirty-first President of AIWC By Smt. Rehana Begum, Treasurer, AIWC


played a vital role in Women’s Education and Women’s Empowerment.As John Maxwell says, "Leadership is influence." So was the leadership of Sarojini Amma. From 1990 onwards our Pondicherry members were highly influenced by Late Smt. Sayeekumary ji who was the Chairman of the SSWB, Pondicherry, and President of AIWC Pondicherry Branch. Patron Sarojini ji guided us to observe AIWC’s choices on empowering women by the programmes of All India Women’s Conference. We affectionately called Patron Sarojini Ji as Amma.

ne of the most important things that happens in a seniors’ memoir group," says Flaxman, “is the way these people begin to see their lives as jewels that have been polished through time and experience and living. They begin to see the beauty and uniqueness that their life has represented." One of the stalwarts of AIWC who served with dedication must surely be the subject ofsuch stories, experiences and memories that are told, retold, remembered and re-experienced throughout our life span. Ode to the Glorious Past /Past Presidents of AIWC webinar conducted on 30th March by the present Management on our thirty-first President Smt. Sarojini Varadappan’s life story captures the priceless and the poignant, the truly memorable and the quirkily remembered, the historic and the unique. It leaves a legacy of living history for future AIWC generations. And it can bring enjoyment, satisfaction and closure in the knowing of her life. The thought of writing an article in Roshni can daunt even the most experienced writer, so it is small wonder that it might feel too huge to even start.

The most important contribution of our Amma was developing AIWC Branches. •

mma had a clear vision for what drives and A creates success for needy women and for children’seducation.

lear communication of her expectations from C the branches for continued learning were her core values.

he steps were observed in developing the T branches in every state.

Participative leadership for Pondicherry Branch

Pondicherry was a privileged branch, which had the benefit of the combined leadership of Sayeekumariji and Amma.

Madam Sarojini Amma and Sayeekumariji, President, AIWC - Pondicherry Branch were very good family friends. In their lifetime, both of them

Amma exchanged and shared with our Patron, the methodologies of the activities of AIWC which were suitable for the women of Pondicherry. She 11


January-March 2022 was honoured at a function in Chennai. She was selected Sheriff of Madras for 1983. She was awarded the Jankidevi Bajaj Award for 2004 at a function in Chennai held on 23rd February 2005. In 2004, she received Jamnalal Bajaj Award from the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. On 5th March 2009, Sarojini was awarded India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for social service. In this connection Pondicherry Branch also felicitated Amma.

always encouraged us with affectionate words and praised our achievements. Under Amma’s Aegis we have all grown happier and more satisfied, which made our performance more effective. Courageous leader that she was, Amma was bold in her thinking and determined in her actions. She was able to take risks in empowering women and think creatively about the future. We came to know through Sayeekumari ji that with the guidance of Amma, AIWC conducted the 57th Annual Conference on 9th January 1989 in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It was the first successful programme of AIWC Pondicherry Branch. Amma’s leadership created a new branch in Pondicherry. Along with Smt. Kunti Paul, our Patron. Amma looked after our Branch very well and encouraged the activities of our Branch. In every AIWC Conference we all met Amma and sought her blessings. Her leadership motivated other AIWC Branch members to work together and cooperate among themselves to achieve their goals. Whenever there was an AIWC Conference in the Southern part of India, Amma used to guide members in taking decisions regarding the travel plans of the Northern members,sinceChennai Main was the main junction. She used to delegate tasks to the host Branch, motivate them to conduct a successful conference and ensure their loyalty. Branches also became involved and showed their ability to share responsibility. The Zonal Conferences were very good example of such actions.

Awards and honours Dr. Sarojini Varadappan- inaugurating Zonal Conference- South Zone A at Pondicherry

Amma was awarded India's fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 1973. Amma


Roshni “It's really admirable how you always see projects through from conception to completion.

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The Pondicherry Branch felicitated Amma on her Padma Bhushan Award on 10th October 2009. The Honourable Chief Minister Shri. V. Vaithilingam recalled the efforts taken by Amma through the Indian Red Cross Society to provide relief in the form of food and medicine for Tamils living in Sri Lanka several years ago.During the earthquake in Gujarat, Amma took the initiative to construct five schools in tribal areas. She mobilized `30 crores for Rehabilitation of the Tsunami-affected in Tamil Nadu. Speakers recalled Amma’s work while being Chairperson of Social Welfare Board. She served AIWC in various capacities for more than thirty years.

opinions on the content, by using the words that show our utmost understanding.This was proved from her letters to branches and members. For every meeting and conference, Amma wrote letters encouraging the teams, host branches and the management for their good work and success of the meeting. This type of communication helped branches to grow efficiently. I would like to emphasise that this letter writing habit should be followed. Email will not make us happy and improve our capability. Handwriting is a much slower process than talking, or even typing. Amma benefited everyone by writing letters. Amma’s habit of letter writing impacted branches and members greatly. Amma expanded the energy within her by writing with affection and respect to her friends and AIWC Branch Members.Amma’s life teaches us to be strong in our confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. Amma was a humble lady.The outcome of her actions towards women and children made her live in our hearts with integrity.

Amma had a different style of working. She believed there were multiple benefits of writing letters as a form of communication. The process of handwriting letters connects mind and body and forces a larger area of our brain to understand the matter. It gives us the opportunity to express

I take this golden opportunity to write on Amma and feel proud about preservation of the documents by thePondicherry Branch.We thank the Almighty for blessing us so that we could live in an era where we physically saw our Amma, serving tremendously for WIA andfor the betterment of AIWC.

Indeed a great feat, Commendable efforts, Ultimate result of your hardwork and perseverance, It's really praiseworthy, A great contribution to society and our nation. It certainly requires a lot of patience and zeal. Your landmark achievement is really a source of inspiration for all of us.”



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Clockwise from top: • Dr. Sarojini Varadappan • Receiving the Padma Bhushan from President of India • Dr. Sarojini Varadappan with Smt. Sayee Kumary and Pondicherry Branch members



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A Day for AIWC to Remember and Rejoice By Smt. Mythily Jagannathan, Co-ordinator, Shahdara Creche


Delhi University. She received her doctorate from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, USA. She has edited text-books and has translated selected Tagore’s poem into English.

t was a day meant for celebration. February 14th 2022 dawned, with bright sunshine defying the

winter chill. It shone on the front steps of Sarojini House, where a group was clustered around the bust of Sarojini Naidu, one of the founders of

Participants from AIWC included Smt. Sheela Kakde, President, AIWC, Smt. Rehana Begum, Treasurer, Smt.Mythily Jagannathan, Co-ordinator Shahdara Creche, and Kum. Khushi Pande, student of AVI, AIWC.

AIWC, and its 4th President. An extended AIWC family, with garlands, flowers, and sweets gave full-throated birthday greetings.

Webinar on Sarojini Naidu

The webinar opened with Smt. Sheela Kakde, President, giving a pictorial profile of Sarojini Naidu, showing rare photos of the Chattopadhyay family, and of her eventful life. As the moderator of the webinar, I introduced the subject, and then presented Sarojini Naidu’s broadcast to the nation,” My Father Do Not Rest” which was made on 1st February 1948, two days after the death

In the afternoon the mood of celebration continued. A webinar was organised in style, with elegant invitation cards sent out two days earlier. An immediate warm response came from a large number of branches, welcoming Sarojini Naidu’s birthday celebration, adding their tributes and salutations. Smt. Chitra Sarkar introduced the two eminent speakers invited to the webinar : Dr.






Department of Political Science, Coordinator, MA Human Rights Programme,at Jamia Millia Islamia and former Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies.A Commonwealth scholar, she is associated with several programs of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva. Dr Ajanta Dutt, Professor of English at Deshbandhu College, 15


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of Mahatma Gandhi.A tribute that is enduring, endearing and eloquent, but also, a clarion call to action.

championed causes like remarriage of widows, prevention of child marriage, property rights, and full political rights for women. Even her poetry carried a message, a call to women to take their rightful place in society.No wonder the New York Times in an editorial called her ”The Joan of Arc of India”.At an AIWC annual meeting in Patna in 1930, she asked Muslim women to free themselves from purdah and social restrictions.

The webinar started with a poem of Sarojini Naidu,” The Bird of Time”, read by Khushi Pande, a student of AIWC’s Vocational Institute. Soaring into the heavens, the bird of time is a witness to our joys and sorrows, but also of the human spirit which rises above the worst misfortune.

During her life-time, she saw the impact of her passionate calls for women’s empowerment, in the passing of laws like the Hindu Widows Re-marriage Act, 1856, Hindu Women’s Right to Property Act, 1957, achievement of full political franchise for women, women entering Indian legislatures, setting up of Ministries and Departments for Welfare of women and children, and legislations protecting women’s rights.

Dr Dhar- James, in her well researched paper, traced the different phases of Sarojini Naidu’s involvement as a freedom fighter, and feminist, throwing light on the impact of her work on governance, on society, and most of all on the women of India. Even her poetry carried a message, a call to women to break all shackles, and enter the mainstream of life. Her first step into national politics was during the partition of Bengal in 1905, which caused immense havoc and misery. Sarojini ji was among those who led protests,and drew thousands to the cause by her powerful oratory. In the 1928 plague epidemic, she plunged into relief work, and was commended by the British Government which gave her the Kaiser-e-Hind title (which she returned after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre ) Her achievements as a writer and a poet from the early age of twelve years, and marriage at the age of sixteen, did not stop her from total involvement in the freedom movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr Dhar-James punctuated her talk with rare photographs, cartoons, and newspaper cuttings of the times, as well as choice selections from Sarojini Naidu’s poetry. Dr Ajanta Dutt, the second speaker traced the evolution of Sarojini from a dreamy girl-poet, to a fiery champion in the national cause. Her study was based on the speeches of Sarojini Naidu, her five books of poetry,and numerous correspondence with social savant and founder of the Servants of India Society, Gopalkrishna Gokhale, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and others.

At a time when the world over, there was no concept of women’s rights or entitlements, she

She mentioned numerous international awards and honours from all over the world received 16

Roshni by Sarojini Naidu, who received all these with humility. “The poet who wrote delicate verses like Queen Gulnar’s Dream, underwent five prison terms, and in 1947, went in the midst of rioters, and stopped a communal blood-bath in the streets of Delhi. A passion for communal harmony is reflected in her writings, and speeches. She was a true daughter of India, in her simplicity, her white khadisaris, her speeches and songs, and in her dedication to the nation”.

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Smt. Rehana Begum, Treasurer, when she gave the Vote of Thanks, quoted Mahatma Gandhi, who said “Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become words, manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values, understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny”. Sarojini ji was a living proof of this. By following these principles, we can make our own destiny. And this applies to organisations like AIWC as well!”

Tributes from the AIWC family during her birthday month on Whatsapp, and mail, show the stamp of her personality nearly seven decades after her death. The webinar too brought forth tributes from viewers:

Dr Lakshmi Gandhi, Patron, Gujarat branch said, “ We became acquainted with Sarojini Naidu, in childhood, when we read her poems in our school books. My admiration grew with the years, more so when I found that she was a great singer. Like her oratory, her singing must have been out of this world !I wish I could have heard her!”

Smt. Bina Jain, Patron: “I am astonished and moved. I am an admirer of Sarojini Naidu and have read her speeches and poems many times.I thought my information was quite complete. But the insights given in this webinar, left me astonished and also deeply moved “

Dr Nishi Pandey, Patron, Lucknow branch:”My congratulations to AIWC and all participants in the excellent webinar on Sarojini Naidu. This was a celebration which will be long remembered!”

Smt. Veena Kohli, Patron: “We have been celebrating Sarojini Naidu’s birthday for so many years, and I thought I knew all about her.It was great to learn about many more aspects of this remarkable lady. I quote the Vietnamese philosopher, Thich Nhat Han- “Touching the present moment, we realise that the present is made of the past and the past is creating the future”. Isn’t that what we learn from the life of Sarojini Naidu?”

Smt. Supriya Bhalerao, President, Hyderabad branch:“I am so touched by all the facets of Sarojini ji brought out in the webinar. Here, in Hyderabad, she is looked upon almost as a goddess. Her house “The Golden Threshhold“is now an extended part of Osmania University, and is a place of pilgrimage for poetry lovers, and tourists. Thankyou, AIWC for bringing back a treasured memory “. It was indeed a day to remember.

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International Mother Language Day (Matri Bhasa Diwas) By Smt. Indrani Sengupta, MIC Art and Culture


recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and focus on leaving no one behind. This is very important considering how COVID-19 Pandemic deepened inequalities, marginalization and exclusion. The objective was to promote a comprehensive, inclusive childhood education and care with all children living and learning together through multilingualism, thereby developing and sustaining inclusive society.

n 17th November 1999, UNESCO declared 21st February as International Mother Tongue (Language) Day.This day is being celebrated every year since February 2000.

Purpose: The main purpose for selecting the Mother Language Day was to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. In 2021 the theme was ‘Fostering Multilingualism For Inclusion In Education And Society’. The theme

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1999 the 30th General Assembly of UNESCO unanimously resolved that February 21 be proclaimed International Mother Language Day throughout the world to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this very day in 1952.

In 1947, when Pakistan came into existence as a separate nation, it had two geographically divided parts. In 1948, the Government of Pakistan declared Urdu as the only official language of the country, even though the majority population of East Pakistan spoke Bengali or Bangla. Therefore people from East Pakistan protested and demanded Bangla as one of the national languages along with Urdu. The All Party Central Language Committee came into being in East Pakistan to fight for Bangla. The committee called a strike and decided to hold demonstrations and processions on February 21 throughout East Pakistan.The Government imposed Sec.144 in Dhaka but thousands of students came out and held a meeting. The agitation turned violent when police used canes and teargas shells to disperse the students. Police opened fire and several students died and many were injured. On February 22nd -23rd 1952 workers, writers, teachers and other civilians joined the movement. The language movement saw success. In 1956 Pakistan Government recognized Bangla as an official language.

Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar &Shafuir are the names of five martyrs often spoken of but many were killed and there is no complete list of martyrs. The ShaheedMinar monument was constructed near Dhaka Medical College in memory of the movement and its martyrs.

Matribhasa Diwas and A.I.W.C: India was never a monolingualcountry. From time immemorial all the languages not only coexisted together but also supplemented and enriched each other. Hence the very culture of this land is inclusive. In order to strengthen the feeling of oneness during MatribhasaDiwas, people are encouraged not only to use their mother tongue but also to learn other’s mother tongue.There are around 6000 languages in the world and one language disappears every 2 to 3 weeks. With language disappears the culture and heritage associated with it. We must learn to respect all languages that exist and encourage cultural and linguistic diversity. It will make us united.

The incidentis are regarded as a rare in history where people sacrificed lives for their mother tongue. The day is a national holiday in Bangladesh.In 1998 RafiqulIslam andAbdus Salam living in Canada wrote to Kofi Annan, former Secretary General UN asking him to save the world’s languages from extinction and Rafiqul proposed February 21 to commemorate the Dhaka killings in 1952. Finally in November

Mother Language Day is being observed by A.I.W.C Eastern Zone A from 2021. The Zonal Organiser, Smt. Kalpana Roy organized a webinar last year and this year on February 21 to observe this day. It was well attended and appreciated. The aim of inclusiveness inherent in the purpose is also the mission and vision of A.I.W.C. 19


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Branch Activities

Amritsar Branch By Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Secretary


mritsar Branch organised NRI Marriages Awareness camp on 15thFebruary. Advocate Rajpreet Kaur guided members, staff and students about the knowledge they should have about NRIs. She also advised what girls should do if they face problems after marriage with an NRI. In this camp President Smt. Prem Duggal, Secretary

Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Treasurer Smt. Kamlesh Sharma, Smt. Rajni Bharany, Smt. Usha Chaba and Advocate Jasbir Kaur were present. The program was very informative and successful. A Covid vaccination camp was organised by the Branch on 21st February 2022



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Bapnu Ghar Celebrates Lohri By Smt. Magdleen Marin, Member-in-Charge


he Lohri festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Bapnu Ghar on 13th January 2022. All the people were very happy. AIWC, Bapnu Ghar organized this festival. All the staff of Bapnu Ghar, Smt. Gupta, Smt. Sushila, Smt. Asha, Smt. Sushma and all the residents of Bapnu Ghar participated in the festival of Lohri.

is specially congratulated on Lohri. This festival is celebrated to protect and honor sisters and daughters. It is believed that the festival of Lohri commemorates the joy of harvesting and preparing new food grains. In the garden of Bapnu Ghar, she collected the wood used to make Lohri and made a bonfire. Everyone gathered and lit the fire and danced and sang around it. In this fire, things like jaggery, maize and sesame are also offered and they revolve around the fire of Lohri. All the staff and residents of Bapnu Ghar thoroughly enjoyed the Lohri festival.

Member- in- charge Smt. Magdleen Marin told all the residents about the Lohri festival, and why we celebrate this festival.She said Lohri has a special significance for Punjabis. The house where a new marriage has taken place or a child has been born,




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Garia Mahamayatala Jadavpur Constituent Branch, Kolkata By Smt. Basudha Ganguly, President

19th March 2022-- Eye check-up camp at Bhubankhali village no 4 Kultali Sundarbans, South 24 parganas, West Bengal(Beneficiaries 35, funded by AIWC Delhi)

Jammu and Kashmir Women Society, Jammu By Smt. Nirmal Padha, President


Smt. Anitika Sharma of Samba for the education of her daughter.

&K Women Society distributed ration items including rice and sugar among thirty needy people at ChakAlawal, Miran Sahib, Jammu on 12th January.

On 2nd March, the Organisation arranged langar on the occasion of Mahashivratri and served meals to about two hundred people in Kathua.

Financial help was provided to the following: Smt. Satya Devi ofJanipur Jammu and to Smt. Pushpa Devi of Kathua for their medical treatment.

On 10th March, the organisation celebrated International Women's Day at Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and conducted a Signature Campaign on the theme of 'Save the Girl Child'.

Smt. Bindu Bala of Jammu for the medical treatment of her husband.




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Kalimpong Branch By Smt. Aruna Pradhan, President Sericulture


on 16th March 2022. The following new members were inducted: 1. Smt. Shishu Pradhan. 2. Smt. Anju Pradhan Rai 3. Smt. Radha Ghaley. The new members were made to take oath three times by repeating Hkd~r~;kekeHkftukfr the motto of AIWC.

n the 22nd of February 2022, the President and Secretary of AIWC Kalimpong visited

the Sericulture Service Unit at Pedong where the Officer-in-charge,Smt. Radhika Chettri, is a member of AIWC. In February it is time to dig

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the soil and sprinkle fertilizer and also water the

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mulberry plant pruned in end November/beginning

The cultural and geographic diversity of the Himalayan belt of Bengal provides a variety of cuisines based on ample space for cultivation. The soil and climate is a boon to turn Kalimpong into an agricultural ethnic group. Almost all the home-grown rhizomes like Turmeric/Ginger etc. that flourish in Kalimpong have got high medicinal value and are used generously in Himalayan cuisines. Tasty garlic grows with more potency whereas cardamom thrives in the whole of Kalimpong and is used as one of the main spices. Bengal Himalayan food, is based on organic cultivation and its freshness without killing the healthy qualities. Best variety of rice grows in Kalimpong and is the staple food. Other staple food like Millet (dksnks) buckwheat (Qkij) corn (edS) wheat (xSgwa) barley (tkS) are all grown locally. Millett with its high iron content is made into a fermented drink which is sipped through a

December. On 6th March 2022 there was a follow up visit to the Research Sericulture Station at 7th mile, Kalimpong to promote the Skill Development Project by AIWC. The senior scientist of the SRS, Dr. Zakir Hussain briefed the visiting delegates of AIWC on the journey of soil to silk.

International Women's Day 2022 On 8th March 2022 the branch addressed the topic of #Break The Bias by sending messages to people of Kalimpong through audio visuals via the local channel KTV. It was decided not to organise a physical programme as the Foundation Day event would follow immediately afterwards.

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bamboo straw called ifilfx in a bamboo serving pipe called <qx~jks Same millet is powdered and with slow and patient cooking, made into thick porridge called <+¡<+ksa the staple food of Gorkhalies of the Himalayan belt of Bengal. The inhabitants live side-by-side rearing fowl, cattle, goats and pigs. There is no dearth of cow dung which turns into manure for organic farming. Fresh cowdung mixed with red clay is the main mixture used to polish the verandah every morning for sanitizing. Milk is in abundance. Eggs are never scarce. Meat is available throughout. The fresh green leaves of jk;kslkx is cooked for every meal till

Gundruk is taken as appetizer and as enzymes to help in digestion. Radish is eaten raw as salad, as a balancing alkaline factor to go with the huge amount of meat consumed which could have acidic effect in body causing gout. Same radish is made into appetizing pickles which go well with snacks like jhol masu (meat with thin gravy) and chewra(beaten rice). Rice is made into fresh flour to make Selroti which is one of the specialities of Kalimpong. All meals go with fresh radish as salad for digestion cum neutralising ingredient topped with a bite of a slice of raw ginger to kill the odour of the radish belch.

the stalks grow out of the leaves which is again relished as <q+dw The same leaves are fermented and dried and taken as tangy soup called xqu~n~jqd

On 30th March 2022, members of AIWC directed and produced a short film on Indian Mother's Day. Branch Members

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Program on Leadership Skills – Ujjawal Women’s Association, East Delhi By Smt. Sharda Sharma, Joint Secretary, UWA


and weaknesses of his team member and should be able to utilize them in such a way so as to utilize their strengths and get maximum output from the team. Contrary to the popular belief that leaders are born leaders, one can always develop leadership skills and become a better leader by hard work, sheer determination and by inculcating certain leadership qualities. In order to develop leadership skills, one should inculcate self awareness, discipline, ambition, responsible behaviour, ability to make decisions and capacity to inspire and motivate others. Further, leadership skills include being cool minded, having good communication skills, being a good listener and having the art of problem solving. Followers look up to a leader for solutions and the leader should be able to find solutions with a cool frame of mind. A good leader is never dissuaded by problems but is always able to sort out the most difficult problems with focused mind and determination.

nder the ongoing project of UDAAN of Ujjawal Women’s Association, the third lecture in the series- LEADERSHIP SKILLS was held on 12th February, 2022 at 2.15 pm at the Cutting and Tailoring Centre at Mandawali, Delhi. Smt. Kiran Sinha, Secretary, UWA gave a formal introduction to the participants about the programme. The talk on the subject of “Leadership Skills” was delivered by Smt. Sharda Sharma, Joint Secretary UWA wherein she outlined the qualities of a good leader, explaining that a good leader leads and shows the way to his followers. A leader has the qualities, e.g. Leads by setting an example, Enthusiasm, Ambition, Determination and Decisiveness, Encourages others and is Ready to teach and learn with a capacity of adaptability to circumstances. Leadership is a way of life and a great responsibility. A leader works towards betterment of his/her team and Society. A leader is one on whom his dependents/ team members/ followers have an unflinching faith and confidence. By sheer hard work and determination, a leader is able to set up an example and inspire his followers. A leader must have the qualities of determination, confidence, courage and capacity to empower others. A good leader should be able to identify the strengths

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The participants were told to be courageous and hardworking and inspire others around them so as to create multiplicative effect and create more leaders and work towards improvement of the society.

The lecture was highly interactive and aimed at inspiring our young generation to work hard with dedication and determination to achieve great heights and be leaders and role models in their respective fields of activities, in order to create a better society and a stronger nation.

At the end of the session, all the participants were urged to do their best in the sphere of their activities and strive to achieve their dreams with hard work and strong determination.



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International Women’s Day Celebrations

Hyderabad Branch By Smt. Supriya Bhalerao, Secretary Hyderabad Branch and Joint Secretary AIWC


other neighbouring states. 10000 girls received placements so far, at more than 250 national and international companies.

nternational Women’s Day celebrations with a theme of Women’s Safety by AIWC Hyderabad Branch with AIWC-GNITS Youth wing, Hyderabad

Smt. Srividya expressed her gratitude to AIWC Hyderabad and Smt.Tejdeep Kaur Menon, for a quality programme arranged, congratulated the girls who have joined the AIWC youth wing, and invited for more such collaborations in future. Smt.Tejdeep Kaur Menon spoke passionately about Women's Safety and gave numerous useful tips to the girls for protecting themselves. She said even being a senior police officer, she has to suffer as a woman as she was not spared by the men or goons involved in Cybercrime. In her opinion, girls must know the consequences very well when they opt for spending time with the boys or wearing the clothes crossing the modesty measures. They have a right to do it and she, as a woman, would definitely support their freedom, but the girl should be prepared for the reaction she may receive from the opposite sex and should have a plan of protecting herself. She gave many ways by which they could do this. She ended with the note on taking care of the elderly members of the family is also must and abandoning them in trains or in other towns is a serious crime. The girls

1) Observing International Women’s Day jointly with an Engineering. College in Hyderabad On the March 10, 2022, at AIWC Hyderabad branch, observed the International Women’s Day in joint collaboration of G Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science (for women) (commonly known as GNITS), that has partnered with us to form the first Youth Wing of Hyderabad Branch. The Chief Guest was the illustrious lady IPS officer Smt. Tejdeep Kaur Menon IPS of Telangana state, who was invited by the Secretary Smt. Supriya Bhalerao. The representative of the College Management group, Smt. Srividya - a granddaughter of Smt. Narayanamma, was also present. The programme started by lighting the lamp. The Principal Dr Ramalinga Rao welcomed the Chief Guest and AIWC Executive Committee members. About GNITS: GNITS is a 25-year-old leading autonomous college for girls in Hyderabad with all the modern equipment, residential facilities, with around 200 staff members. The girls come to study there from AP, Telangana and 28


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the mechanism of Police department functioning, shared the important numbers and procedure to follow up by girls in emergency. Girls were benefitted immensely as it was indeed a great learning for all!

in audience sat in a pin-drop silence and listened to her with total intensity. There was a long QnA session after which the girls seemed to have been satisfied. They were over 300 girls in the audience and there was a thundering round of applause at the end of the session

SR Nagar Police station: It is the most modern and biggest Police station of Hyderabad. The speciality of this Police Station is that it is headed by a dynamic SHO Shri Saidulu, who feels that visitors should enter the PS with a fear-free mind and confidence in Police staff and gets proper attention. The new building is built with a lot of care, such as using glass walls to have transparency, officers sitting in an open area without many walls and doors, with the lock-up area on each floor with good visibility. Many women employees are seen in different levels of duties. It is full of green plants and trees, outside as well inside and a vegetable garden which the Police staff looks after. Around 20 members attended.

Thereafter, the AIWC-GNITS Youth Wing members were formally welcomed by both the AIWC and GNITS, by pinning up badges through the hands of the Chief Guest Smt. Menon and AIWC members. She was very kind to promise before she left that she will provide further guidance to the girls. AIWC Branch Secretary Smt.Supriya Bhalerao and Past Zonal Organiser AIWC Smt. Rama Anantaram spoke and the formal vote of thanks was delivered by the faculty Dr Aparna, in-charge of the Youth-wing. The Branch Joint Secretary Smt.Manju Jaiswal and Executive committee member Dr Sushma Mane were present. It was indeed a beginning of the path for young girls towards Women's Empowerment through taking up the issues like women's safety.

This program is a part of Women's safety series taken up by our branch, the first one being the address of Smt.Tejdeep Kaur Menon, IPS officer at the GNITS college. The second being this visit and the third one is going to be concluded with another important program in the coming week Thereafter, Smt. Rama Anantram, the past Zonal Organiser of South Zone A, spoke about AIWC and how the girls should work for maintaining good health by eating right. Smt. Supriya Bhalerao told the gathering about the AIWC structure and functioning at the centre and at the branch and the future functioning of the Youth Wing. She thanked Smt.Tejdeep Kaur Menon profusely for sparing her precious time with the girls

2) A visit to the SR Nagar Police station, in Hyderabad: To follow up with the above programme, Hyderabad branch had a second programme on Women's Safety for the Youth Wing at Hyderabad, a visit to a Police station in the city to know how a Police station functions and what do girls do if some untoward incidence happens around them. A visit by the Youth-wing members and Hyderabad Branch Committee members to SR Nagar Police station, Hyderabad was a great success. Shri Saidulu, Station Head officer addressed the young girls first and thereafter Sub Inspector Smt. Swapna Reddy told them about



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Vikas Mahila Sangam, Mayur Vihar By Smt. Sapna Acharya, President


AIWC. Their aim was to work for the upliftment of unprivileged sections of society. They were honoured at the programme and their laminated photos were inaugurated by the respected office bearers of AIWC. A best compliment was the presentation of a beautiful block printing set from AIWC Textile branch by the Office Bearers to the President of VMS, Smt. Sapna Acharya.

very year, March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s Day throughout the world. This year the members of Vikas Mahila Sangam organized International Women’s Day in a very specific way. It was about celebrating women’s success and raising awareness against bias. The most important part of this programme was the invitees --two founder members of Vikas Mahila Sangam. Around thirty years ago Smt. Surinder Mahajan and Smt. Kamini Mathur started the initial steps to educate maids and children of labourers in the premises of their residence. The dream of making an established NGO in East Delhi was a hard task for them, with a lot of struggle and pain. At last, the final point came with the formation of Vikas Mahila Sangam and it was registered with

The presence of Chief Guest, Secretary General Smt. Kuljit Kaur, Guest of Honour, Treasurer Smt. Rehana Begum, North Zone Organiser Smt. Sumi Chopra made the event more pleasant and motivated all by their speeches. Kuljit Madam inspired the gathering on the important topic of gender bias. A girl could get all benefits from her parents since the time of childhood. A mother


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the rules and regulations of branches that would help to manage the institution in a better way.The President of Ujjawal Women’s Association Smt. Yuthika Mishra joined in the programme of VMS. Being a constituent branch of UWA, she expressed her elation at knowing that VMS had completed thirty years.

Sanjeevni Mahila Sanstha, Meerut By Smt. Beena Agarwal, SCM, Sanjeevni Mahila Sanstha


n 8th March 2022, on the occasion of International Women's Day, Sanjeevni Mahila Sanstha, Meerut organised a session for female prisoners.

Sanstha organised some sports event also for the prisoners and the winners were rewarded. Sanstha distributed nuts packet to kids of the female prisoners.

Dr. Manju Agarwal (Counsellor) spoke on the topic of "Women's Health" (Mental & Physical) and interacted with the female prisoners at Zila Jail Meerut.

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South West Delhi Women’s Association (SWEDWA) By Smt. Shubra Mandiratta, President.


outh West Delhi Women’s Association organised a workshop on 11th March 2022 for International Women’s Day. The workshop was held at AV Hall at Head Office. The topic of the workshop was “Empowerment of Women in the Unorganized Sector”. The eminent speakers were Dr. Manoj Jatav, Visiting Fellow at “V.V. Giri National Labour Institute under Ministry of Labour, Govt. Of India”, Dr. Rehman from the same institute, Smt. Lata, Vice President “SEWA” Organization, and Smt. Seema Gupta, Chairperson, “Delhi Social Welfare Board”. The program started with lightning the lamp. Smt. Shubra Mandiratta, President SWDEWA, welcomed all the guests, speakers and participants. She introduced the speakers and the topic. The program was conducted by Smt. Vijay Laxmi (Adv.), Vice President SWDEWA.

Govt. of India e.g. maternity benefits, PM Vandana Yojna, Janani Suraksha Yojana and STEP. He also mentioned about the Mathari Board established in Maharashtra.All unorganized workers, male and female, are registered under this board and they get the benefits of employment, wages, social and economic security etc. He stressed that this formula can be established all over India so that the exploitation of the workers may be reduced and if workers are registered,the actual data of working women in the unorganized sector would become available. Lastly he said that the Government has taken many measures and more were to come.

Dr. Manoj Jatav from V.V.G.N.L. gave a PowerPoint presentation on the topic and explained it in detail. He said that due to illiteracy among women, they cannot participate in the workforce. Hence there is more unemployment among women than men, and also women working in the unorganised sector are not recognised as part of the workforce. Hence they not entitled to other Govt. measures and benefits.Lack of information leads them towards further exploitation e.g. sexual harassment at workplace, health issues, denial of maternity benefits etc. There is discriminationin in wages compared to men. He mentioned many prevailing laws and also welfare schemes by WCD, Ministry,

Smt. Lata, Vice President of SEVA organization informed the gathering that their organization was working in nineteen states. She said that 95% of women were working in unorganized sectorswhereas only 5% of women were in the organised sector. She discussed at length the problems faced by women in unorganized sectors. She stated that Government did not have data on the total number of women working in the unorganized sector. She also stated that women should not think of themselves as housewives. Rather, the term should be homemaker. During the population census women should register themselves under the work they were actually

Dr. Rehman shared his thoughts on empowering women by giving ownership rights to them. He pointed out that only one-tenth of the nation’s wealth belongs to women.



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the women who participated in it and recognised their work.Participants from all over Delhi also expressed their opinions and described their work. The Rohini Branch members recited a powerful poem.

associated with. She stressed the need to set up Domestic Working Board and that woman must come together and build a movement for it. Smt. Seema Gupta, Chairperson, Delhi Social Welfare Board stated that women should organize and respect themselves. There is no work which is small or big. The Government. had taken so many initiatives to empower the women and women should make themselves empowered from it. Ms. Kalyani Raj Vice President SWDEWA expressed her views and talked about the importance of 8th March being International Women’s Day. Smt. Sumi Chopra, Zonal Organiser, North Zone also addressed the program and praised

There were a total of eighty five participants in the program, who came from Palam, Majnu ka Tila, Dwarka, etc. Smt. Janki Rajaram, Chairperson SWDEWA could not attend the workshop due to ill health. Our Patrons, Smt. Barkha Sukhla Singh, Smt. Sashi Guha and Smt. Pammi attended the meeting.Smt. Mythili Jagannathan gave the Vote of Thanks.Food packets were distributed at the end of the program.



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Ujjawal Women Association, East Delhi By Smt. Yuthika Mishra, President International Women’s Day Program

she described how she had guided UWA over the past several decades and had now handed over the reins to the younger generation through the election of Dr. Yuthika Mishra, the new President. Smt. Rehana Begum appreciated the good work done by Ujjawal and the very Indian ethos it brought to all its activities. Dr. Mishra spoke about the mission of UWA and the significance of International Women’s Day as well as Women’s Equality, the theme of the day.


jjawal Women Association organised a half day program to celebrate International Women’s Day on 28th March 2022 at SwasthyaVihar Club.The theme was Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future, as specified by AIWC in its celebration of Women’s Safety Week. The programme was attended by about fifty persons and included Smt. Bina Jain, Founder Chairperson, Smt. Asha Gambhir Advisor and Dr. Yuthika Mishra President from UWA. The presence of Smt. Rehana Begum, Treasurer AIWC gave the programme added value.

The first speaker of the day was Smt. Sarika Chawla, a soft skills trainer and personality coach with twenty years of corporate experience. She explained the need for financial literacy among women, as life was uncertain, and it was important to be self-reliant. Her PowerPoint presentation gave valuable advice on saving, investing and creating wealth, by budgeting expenditure according to one’s life goals. A financial portfolio should be diversified according to one’s risk appetite, and an emergency fund and a retirement plan should be included. Debts should be cleared, and insurance cover must be taken in order to achieve financial independence and freedom. Smt. Chawla’s talk was very well received and was followed by numerous questions from the enthusiastic audience.The next two speakers were Smt. Pooja Kumar and her younger sister-in-law, Advocate Apoorva Thakur. They regaled the audience with their life experiences and spoke emotionally about the hurdles they overcame to reach the success that they had gained.Smt. Bina Jain drew lessons

UWA invited Smt. Sarika Chawla, Investment Consultant & Image Coach SME on Financial Literacy for Women, Smt. Pooja Kumar, Patent Agent & Entrepreneur Startup-Mentor and Advocate Apoorva Thakur, Lawyer & Assistant Prof. Mentor, NGO- Advisor &PoSH Facilitator. Smt. Chitra Sarkar, UWA EC Member and MICRoshni AIWC, moderated the programme.The meeting began with the President and Chairperson lighting the lamp with the invited speakers of the day and respected office bearers of UWA and AIWC. The dignitaries were felicitated and presented with gifts of plants. Several representatives of other branches, including Presidents of constituent branches of UWA, Smt. Sushma Jindal and Smt. Sapna Acharya, were present on the occasion. They were recognised and presented with stoles. Smt. Bina Jain gave her keynote speech, wherein


Roshni from their talks and highlighted to the audience how both had bounced back from defeat and won their successes while keeping their families intact. The next segment consisted of short but impactful speeches by UWA’s youth brigade and included Farah, Namrata, Madhu, Shruti, Dhruvika, Shalini and Shivani. The confidence shown by these young women at the podium was admirable, and their insight into women’s issues showed maturity and engagement.The program concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Smt. Asha Gambhir, and this was followed by refreshments.

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Ujjawal Women's Association continued the celebration of International Women's Day on 2nd April 2020. The programme began with Dr. Yuthika Mishra, President, UWA welcoming all and explaining that while the celebration of International Women’s Day on 28th March

focused on lectures and speeches by speakers and students, yet another component of the celebration remained i.e. a street play that would be performed shortly. The skit entitled ‘Perfect’ was performed by the D - star performers, a group of college students. Their skit focused on how contemporary women are breaking the shackles of regressive thinking and emerging as confident, empowered women, fulfilling their dreams and enabling others to grow with them. It seemed quite coincidental to be viewing this on this day since it was also the first day of the Goddess worship.Apart from the nine participants, ten other girls and three boys also attended the event. All present were able to relate to it well and hence the skit was well received by all. The programme ended with Smt. Monica Gupta giving a Vote of thanks to all and everyone gathered together for a photograph.Light refreshments were enjoyed by all at the end of the programme

Inauguration and lamp lighting by Founder UWA, Smt. Bina Jain

Smt. Rehana Begum, Hon Treasurer AIWC is honoured by UWA President Smt. Yuthika Mishra.

Women’s Safety Week:



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Ujjawal team and guests

A section of the audience, which included S/ Smt. Amrita Saraswat, Mythily Jagannathan and Chandraprabha Pande

Second day’s programme at Chitra Vihar: Youth Wing performs a street play



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Smt. Gomati Nair Memories of a Friendship Spanning Decades By Smt. Indira Ramakrishna Pillai, President AIWC-TVPM Branch (Editor’s Note: In February 2022, AIWC lost a beloved and well-respected Patron, Smt. Gomathi Nair. Roshni is privileged to bring you these reminiscences by the mother-and-daughter duo of Smt. Indira Pillai and Smt. Usha Nair, members of AIWC TVPM. Both knew her well, and both have shared with us the memories of their close friendship with this remarkable lady).

rather than attend a big event that her friends and prominent citizens of Trivandrum planned to organise in the city on that day.Gomati travelled with Smt. Menon for all the sessions of AIWC and became an integral part of the organization. She was fluent in Hindi and that was to her advantage. I remember how excited she was about her first trip abroad with Smt. Asoka Gupta, the then AIWC President. Later she was to visit several countries spreading messages about AIWC’s work.


omati had been my friend for several decades before we started working together in AIWC. She had been my senior in college, my sister’s batch mate. We would see her at the dance school set up by the famed dancers Guru Gopinath and his wife Thankamoni who were close friends of my father. Gomati was a student of Guruji and learnt dance and music at their residential school.Later she got married and moved away from Kerala with her journalist husband Shri Raghavan Nair. She also took up a job in the Central Social Welfare Board.

Gomati started Kerala Ikya Mahila Samajam in her native village of Sasthamkotta and got affiliation with AIWC. She worked among the poor women in the area and took up a number of welfare activities. When Smt. Lalita Balakrishnan conducted a massive program of smokeless cookstoves and biogas across the country, Gomati and the late Smt. Meenakshi Ramakrishnan of AIWC Alwaye Branch took up the mission with zeal and were instrumental in making the program a grand success in Kerala.

On retirement from service, the couple moved back to Kerala. Shri Nair headed the PTI Office in Kerala. Gomati joined AIWC Trivandrum Branch as a member. She attended the Nagpur Session as the Standing Committee Member from Trivandrum. She met Smt. Lakshmi N Menon and soon became her constant companion and assistant. Smt. Lakshmi N Menon was close to the family as well. In fact, she preferred to celebrate her 80th birthday with Gomati and family in Sasthamkotta

Gomati was a dedicated and sincere member of AIWC. She was a meticulous worker. When she organized meetings, conferences and seminars, she could be seen personally supervising all arrangements down to the smallest detail. She was methodical in her work and could get along with people with ease and affection.My long association with her, spanning several decades, stays fresh in my memory. 37


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Smt. Gomathi Nair

Smt. Indira Pillai with Smt. Gomathi Nair

Smt. Gomathi Nair with Smt. Manju Kak, Smt. AmreshwariMorla and Dr. K.G. Vijayalekshmi



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Smt. Gomati Nair An Affectionate and Compassionate Leader By Smt. Usha Nair, Zonal Organiser, South Zone B


t is a rare privilege for me to pen a few lines about Smt. Gomati Nair who was President of All India Women’s Conference, the third Malayalee to adorn that position after Maharani Setu Parvati Bai and Smt. Lakshmi N. Menon. But my connection with Gomatiji goes far beyond AIWC – she was my mother’s friend and college mate, thus I knew her much before enteringAIWC. In fact, it was she who brought me into AIWC. When she learnt that I had taken a sabbatical from my job, she literally pulled me to meet Smt. Aparna Basu, the then President, who entrusted the work of finalizing the Triennial Report of the term when she was President and Smt. Gomati Nair her efficient Secretary General. With her wide experience of working in a Government Department for long years, Gomatiji, as Secretary General, had brought a new order and discipline in the administrative work of AIWC.

I had the freedom to fight with her as I would fight with my own mother. (The only other person who afforded the same privilege to me in AIWC was Smt. Kalpakam Yechury. Numerous were the occasions when I got soundly scolded by her!) If there was any genuine and convincing point in my arguments, Gomatiji was ever ready to accept and appreciate it. Gomatiji was an artist at heart. Not many would know that she was a student of the legendary Guru Gopinath at the residential school for dancing that he had established in Trivandrum along with his wife, the famed dancer Thankamoni. Gomatiji herself had recounted how she would gather flowers for Guruji’s morning puja and what a strict disciplinarian he was. Later when she relocated to Delhi after marriage,she was an active member of the Malayalee Samajam, spiritedly taking part in the plays and music events frequently organized by them.She was also a good cook and a gracious hostess. I remember how, on one of my last visits to her flat in Trivandrum before she shifted to Bangalore, she had cooked lunch for me and insisted that I have it though she herself was on fast. She was also an avid gardener. Her house in Sasthamkotta had a wide variety of flowers and a vegetable garden that was the envy of visitors. Even in Delhi, while she was President and occupying the President’s quarters in Sarojini

Gomatiji is unique among all past Presidents of AIWC. As far as I can recollect, she is the only person who occupied every position in the organization from Assistant Secretary, Joint Secretary to Member-in-charge, Zonal Organiser, Vice President, Secretary General and President. She went on to be a beloved Patron for several years.Through the many years of association in AIWC, she was always a well wisher, advisor and mentor. We disagreed on several issues, but 39


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House, she grew her own vegetables and always had enough flowers for the daily morning pooja growing right at her doorstep.

Kerala in 2018, she spent a substantial sum to help the weavers of Chendamangalam get back to their looms and livelihood. All this was done quietly and without any fanfare. She truly lived by the dictum, ‘When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.’ With her passing, branches in Kerala lost a motivator and benefactor. We pledge to carry forward her noble work and strive for bettering the position of AIWC within Kerala and across the country.

Gomatiji was kind and compassionate to the needy and those facing crises in life. I know of several instances when she gave liberal help from her own funds. With others, she was ready to lend an ear to their woes and patiently counsel them on how to overcome problems, personal or related to the family. At the time of the devastating floods in

Our Patrons, S/SmtGomathi Nair, Bina Jain and Veena Kohli



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AIWC Celebrates Republic Day 2022

Our Office Bearers garland the statue of Smt. Sarojini Naidu on her birthday Greater Noida



Monovikas Bramhapur Ganjam Odisha

Smt. Sulochana Ramakrishnan of AIWC Wayanad branch was honoured with an award for outstanding social work by the Woman and Child Development Department, Govt. of Kerala. Here she is receiving the award from the District Collector.

Smt. Amreshwari Morla, Past Treasurer, was felicitated by Hon. Minister of Telangana Govt. Shri T. Srinivas Yadav on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Shri Goregaon Gujrati Mahila Samaj felicitated President Mumbai Branch & MIC Female Foeticide & Save a Girlchild, Smt. Harsha Ladhani for her commendable service to Society.

Allahabad - The Branch was honoured by Poorva Sainik Kalyan Samiti for social work

Roshni January To March 2022

Hyderabad Branch Executive Committee members at the International Women’s Day event. (L-R) Smt. Rama Anantram, past Zonal Organiser, Smt. Manju Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Smt. Supriya Bhalerao, Secretary, Dr Sushma Mane, EC member

AIWC Hyderabad branch along with the Youth Wing members, visited the SR Nagar Police Station of Hyderabad. The Station Head is seen explaining about the duties of Police towards women.

Homage to Smt. Sarojini Naidu on her Birth Anniversary by Management and staff of Head Office. Sarojini House, New Delhi

Pathankot Priyadarshini Kandi Branch gave out certificates in the Udaan cutting and tailoring skill development program in Village Gayala Printed at : I G Printers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi-110020

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Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.