In remembrance of beloved Ms. Ilaben Patak, founder of AWAG, a small gathering was held at Bhudarpura office on 9th January. Ms. Ushaben Upadhay, professor at Gujarat Vidhyapith graced the occasion as chief guest and spoke about gradual changes in the portrayal of women in Indian literatures (‘Sahithyama Sthreeni Chabi’).
On January 2nd, Ms. Saraben Baldiwala, Secretary of AWAG was invited as the chief guest at ‘Shree Bal Krishna High School’. This school was one of the beneficiaries of the ‘Mental Health Project for Adolescents’ and our counselling sessions have reflected on improved grades amongst their school children.
Students from ‘Kannada Kiran Shikshana Samithi’, Karnataka visited AWAG as part of their study tour and were oriented by Ms.Naliniben Trivedi. Students were thrilled to know that our projects not only focused on temporary relief for domestic violence survivors, but also provided a pathway for future income generation and independency. .
AWAG along with local NGO’s including All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (All India M.S.S) staged a protest near Lal Darwaza to ban all forms of obscenity to protect dignity of women and children. This rally was in response to recent releases of certain Bollywood movies and advertisements that commodify women to gain maximum profits for their products.
This month, a passionate team of graffiti artists from National Institute of Design - Ahmedabad dedicated their skill and time in support of AWAG by painting the entrance wall at the head office . This modern art painting depicts women empowerment drawn from a concept from Indian mythology.