Talk of the town

Under a project of developing young girls,the Lila Poonawalla Foundation had recently organised a workshop,Problem versus Challenges for the Lila fellows.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:March 2, 2009 5:08 am

Challenging one’s limits
Under a project of developing young girls,the Lila Poonawalla Foundation had recently organised a workshop,Problem versus Challenges for the Lila fellows. The workshop aimed at empowering Lila fellows to help them achieve their aims in all spheres of their lives. The programme was conducted by Gulshan Thakral a renowned trainer and life coach.

Among the various topics and life skills that were taught,the Lila fellows were also taught to understand the principles of happiness,love,smile,hope,integrated fitness,fear,emotion,relaxation of mind and body. Chairperson of the Foundation,Lila Poonawalla says,”Through the workshop we wanted them to learn to be confident and also tolerant. The learning was mainly focused on practical techniques to tackle problems and accept challenges to succeed in life. They are taught stress management.” “Here we were taught to give back to society all that we have learned by way of mentoring,counseling and sharing of our talents and skills. This workshop taught us to face the world boldly,” says one of the Lila Fellows.

Girls rescued from brothel
Snehalaya,an organisation working for sex workers in Pune rescued three under aged Bengali girls and one Nepali girl from the red light area in the city. Snehalaya with the help of Network Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking(NACSET) was able to succesfully complete the task. The members of Snehalaya and coordinator Anil Kudiya had been trying to rescue the girls since the past one month. “We came to know about the girls and informed West Bengal police about their capture. It was with the help of the West Bengal police team that we rescued the girls,” informed one of the members of Snehalaya. The girls were brought to the city a month ago and sold to city-based owner of a brothel. With a motive to help under aged prostitution,Kudiya has started a movement- Mukti Wahini. “We along with NECSET have been responsible for stopping illegal prostitution in Ahmednagar district over the past 10 years. We are working towards making Pune district free from commercial prostitution. If anyone comes to know about any such activity taking place around them,they can get in touch with Snehalaya,” said Ambadas Chavan of Snehalaya.

Women power
A seminar on Women Prowess was organised by International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) as a part of the International Women’s Day celebration. Participating in the seminar as one of the speakers,member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Supriya Sule expressed the need of women getting a substantial role in the implementation of the concept of inclusive development. The seminar was held at Mohini Chhabria Convention Centre on its campus at Hinjewdi. Aparna Doke,mayor,Pimpri-Chinchwad,Vijay Bhatkar,chief mentor,I2IT among others also spoke on the occasion. “It’s a shame that in a country aspiring to be a super power,one has to beg to save the girl child,” says Sule,adding,”Only 11 per cent of the nation’s children get good quality education. Villages of India have access to modern technologies like the mobile phones but no access to hygiene,education,electricity and safe drinking water.” Doke says,”Though the number of girls undergoing education is increasing,schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan have failed to reach the last layers of society. If women are able to progress while preserving Indian values and culture,the country will become a super power in true sense.” Bhatkar urged women to be more technology friendly as that would be a key to their problems.

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