Last year we supported the #PledgeForParity Campaign during our International Women's Day celebrations here and in India. However, The World Economic Forum is still predicting a long road to achieving global gender parity. Their Global Gender Gap Report 2016 estimates it will take until 2186 to completely close the gender gap. This is entirely too long to wait and that is why International Women's Day 2017 is calling you to #BeBoldForChange
"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” - Kofi Annan
With the help of Jaimala Gupta, our partner at Vatsalya & Anoothi, we will host an event to celebrate the spirit and hard work of the women participating in Anchal's holistic artisan program. Jaimala says, "This is one day in the entire year, when we want them to forget work and challenges of life and just enjoy!"
We will share photos and stories from the celebration after March 8th, but here is a peek at the schedule for the day:
10am: Registration and distribution of special gifts to each of the artisans as well as application of Tilak, the distinctive spot of colored powder or paste worn on the forehead. Chai and snacks will be provided to the women upon their arrival.
11am: A celebration of bold women. A documentary will be shown highlighting bold women and their inspiring stories of change.
1pm: An interactive session will host women who have shown extraordinary boldness. They are invited to share their views on the status of women, their challenges and dreams for the future.
2pm: Time for some fun! A serious of activities and games will allow the women to let loose and enjoy themselves. They can participate in three legged races, musical chairs and/or tug of war. A DJ will be on hand to play music and encourage lots of dancing! The women will also be entertained by a special performance by a group of young girls trained in karate by Vatsalya
3pm: A traditional Rajasthani meal will be enjoyed by the group. The women can relax and enjoy, not having to worry about preparing anything or serving anyone else.
4:30pm: The celebration will come to an end but the excitement from the day will sure to carry on!
We love being able to provide a well deserved celebration for these women, especially on International Women's Day. If you are interested in helping to sponsor some of these activities, we invite you to visit our donation page and make a contribution to the celebration!