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AWAG's recent news and activities - October 2015
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October 2015
Our first batch of local village leaders from Radhanpur attended a two-day intensive training session at the AWAG head office this month, led by AWAG Secretary, Ms. Sara Baldiwala. From leadership, to menstrual health issues, to business skills, the leaders explored a range of topics assisting them to fulfill their roles in raising awareness on menstrual hygiene in their local villages. 
 
Throughout October, AWAG’s star interns from Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute took part in hosting a range of pop-up shops in various locations around Ahmedabad including various housing societies and colleges. They were able to utilise their practical sales skills, whilst learning about income generation in an NGO. They did a great job and AWAG is grateful to have worked with such bright young minds. 
AWAG Secratary Ms. Sara Baldiwala and Joint Secratary Ms. Nalini Trivedi were interviewed on Sandesh News Channel on the topic of domestic violence and suicide. They revealed AWAG data from the last three years, highlighting the large discrepancies between officially registered domestic violence cases, and those registered with the NGO. They explained the problems regarding a lack of registration and adequate action taken after domestic violence victims approach police stations. In many cases, victims remain powerless, unable to secure satisfactory justice.
 
On Friday 16th October, the AWAG team, along with 9 other local NGO’s, attended a special Navratri Garba event held at Gujarat Vidyapith. The event highlighted the importance of NGOs working together and supporting one another as many people danced the traditional Gujarati Garba in sync. We look forward to attending again next year!
 
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