Believers Eastern Church celebrated International Women’s Day across all its dioceses on 8 March 2019.
International Women’s Day is a global day dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements while also marking a call to strive for gender parity. This year it was celebrated around the globe under the theme #BalanceForBetter. .
Believers Eastern Church used the occasion of International Women’s Day to empower and create a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of poor and needy women and widows. In celebration of the day, the church organized wide range of programs to recognize and honor women and promote their wellbeing.
New tailoring units were inaugurated in Diocese of Buniyadpur and Kathmandu to provide vocational training to underprivileged women so that they would become economically independent and help their families escape the cycle of poverty.
To empower illiterate women through education, Dioceses of Amritsar and Buniyadpur started literacy centers. Literacy books also were distributed to illiterate women. Learning to read will enable these women to provide and care for their families better and also improve their standard of living.
In order to sensitize the general public about the significance of the day and raise awareness against bias and impress upon the need for gender equality, dioceses of Majuli, Kolkata, Purulia took out awareness rallies.
Dioceses of Jorhat, Shillong and Gorakhpur used this opportunity to raise awareness among women living in rural areas and slums about the importance of health and hygiene and women’s education.
Several dioceses celebrated the occasion together with Founder’s Day as it falls on the same day.
Food distributions were held at different locations by Dioceses of Kolkata, Jasidih, Dhemaji, Raipur, Amritsar, Buniadpur, Bastar, Agartala and Gorakhpur which saw hundreds receiving delicious meals, fruits, including slum and street dwellers.
Gifts such as sarees, utensils and useful items were gifted to women in Dioceses of Jeypore, Tezpur, Raipur, Berhampur, and Agartala as tokens of love and appreciation. Diocese of Solan visited two slums where they distributed clothes to 35 women slum dwellers. Certificates were distributed to 11 women who completed vocational training in tailoring through Bridge of Hope in Diocese of Purulia. School supplies and hygiene items were distributed to school children in Diocese of Diphu.
Tens of thousands of women have been helped through Believers Eastern Church’s women empowerment programs which focus on improving women’s education, health and economic condition through providing them with education, vocational training, health education and livelihood opportunities.
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