Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues. To achieve the objective in year 2015 for the first time, the Day was being commemorated under a general theme ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’.
An event of women day was organized by Saaya Association of person with disabilities and National forum of women with disabilities (NFWWD) under the umbrella of CBID Network on 4th March 2015. Around 25 Women with Disabilities participated from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Main purpose to organize this outreach activity was to provide an opportunity to Women with Disabilities to socialize, as there are fewer opportunities for them to go to public places.
Ms. Saima Aslam National Coordinator NFWWD& Director Project of Saaya expressed her views and said, Saaya & NFWWD has provided an opportunity for Women with Disabilities to be together and have fun atCinepax Centaurs.She added, whatever disability you have it never stops you from socializing. Issue only comes when you do not have acceptance of your strengths and weaknesses, whether you are a person with or without disabilities .Our today’s activity is a proof that we have ways to move ahead. Especially, when it comes to the development of a country, give due rights to women. Women with Disabilities should equally get the chance to put their part in the progress.
This time we have celebrated the day on a small scale but I wish we could arrange it on a broader level next time. Ms. Abia Akram (CEO NFWWD) also expressed her thoughts with the gathering. . Such activities should be organized after every 2-3 months. Women with Disabilities should get opportunity to meet people so they can coordinate to come into mainstream.All Women with Disabilities also shared their views and showed interest in such activities. They enjoyed the movie time and lunch. At the end, Ms.Saima thanked administration of Centaurus cinepax, Saaya Association of persons with disabilities, NFWWD and CBID Network, who helped and provided support in organizing such event.