The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (8th March) was Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, and what better opportunity could have been to amplify the stalwart leadership that our elected women representatives (EWRs) have shown in serving their communities throughout (and beyond) the pandemic?
As part of its Sajha Pahel initiative, C3 currently engages with 600 EWRs from more than 70 Panchayats of 6 blocks across 3 districts in Bihar, to work towards a gender-focused and inclusive COVID-19 rebuilding response in the state. To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, these EWRs organized multiple events under their leadership – Awareness Rallies, Prabhat Pheri (early morning rounds), meetings with women and girls and theme-based discussions – to raise awareness on essential issues that impact the lives of women and girls. Topics like gender-based discrimination and domestic violence, empowering women and girls through education, delaying of early marriage (and so on) were emphasized during these events, sensitizing the entire community as a whole.
Community members, including adolescent girls and boys, members from local women’s self-help groups, and national youth corps volunteers, actively participated in the Awareness Rallies and Prabhat Pheri.