Community-level Events on International Women's Day

8 March 2014
Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh, India

Six of our 15 It's My Body programme partner organisations, located across Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh, organised district-level events to celebrate International Women's Day in their communities. Although the content of the events varied, they all had a common objective-to reach out to the larger community, especially women and girls, and provide them with an opportunity to celebrate their being, whether through the medium of sports, or through use of performance art such as poetry, song, and dance.


For instance, while our Uttar Pradesh-based partner organisation Saakar organised a sports day in the community, our Jharkhand-based partner organisation Prerna Bharati organised an indoor event that involved girls and women performing songs and poetry on themes of gender equality and non-discrimination. Another Jharkhand-based partner, Nurture, organised a girls' football match, along with a panel discussion on the issue of violence against women. Overall, the events, attended by about 1000 people, were a huge success. This was made possible, in part, by the participation of girls in the various programmes and with the support and appreciation of the larger community.