International Women's Day at St. Joseph 2015

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 by LEAD

St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Dharwad celebrated International Women day with the collaboration of LEAD foundation on the 8th March 2015 in its campus.  150 women had gathered for this celebration.  They were all very enthusiastic and ready to show the courage, patience of the power of the women. The program was organized by LEADers of St. Joseph College.

The LEADers had invited Mrs. Kusuma  Mantoor, a practicing High Court advocate and present  President of Consumer protection and Research Forum and Sr. Shanthi  Priya, the Provincial of Bethany Congregation to be the key note speakers. The speakers highlighted the important role that a woman plays in the family and in the Society. They lamented that the sacrifice and the hard labour of the Women in general is not recognized and is a challenging task to bring back the honor to the women once again. The speeches inspired the students and the people who have gathered over there. 
The students also honored three women who are contributing immensely to the society and thus, have become role models to others. The three women were Ms. Shalini Nadgod, an entrepreneur who started with her own flour mill with a single machine and now, with her commitment and dedication has developed to an international export industry.  She is now giving job to hundreds of people. She has received awards from Infosys and from Canara Bank etc.

The next role model was Ms. Sharada, a Social worker, who has has worked for the marginalized and the poor sacrificing her comfort and settlement. Currently she is the president of an NGO where all the governing members are women. The NGO is working in remote villages to bring consciousness to the backward people of the region.

The third role model was Dr. Sr. Harriet, a religious nun from Sisters of Charles Congregation, who as devoted her life for the poor and the underprivileged and has taken up the profession of a medical Doctor. She has effectively healed thousands of patients with her gentle and caring touch. She is an un-assuming and humble, yet has made a difference in the lives of thousands of patients with whomever she came in contact. 

These three were honored for their contribution to the society and in particular became an inspiration to many throughout their life.

 The women who came to attend the function went home enlightened and with a message that they are the pillars of the family and of the society. Education to a man can make him learnt but education to woman will educate.   

Snacks was arranged for the gathering. The students performed a mime show depicting the evils and harassment for women in the Society. They also staged an entertainment program for the audience.

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