|Barli Development Institute for Rural Women Indore
Observes International Women's Day 8 March 2009
Dr. S. K Das, Director General Dr. Baba Sahib Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences was the chief guest of he
inaugural programme, and special guest was Mrs. Manorma Joshi, the veteran Social Worker from SEWA, India.
Every year the Institute observes International Women Day by organising training workshops for tribal and rural
women.The main objective of organising this workshop is to empower the trainees in a way that they learn about how
men and women can end violence against women and girls.
Some Important Information About Rural WomenAround two-thirds of Indian women still deliver babies at home, vast majority of
these in the rural areas. Women from the lower castes suffer the most as they
are often denied access to basic health care.
Every year, about 78,000 mothers die in childbirth and from complications of
pregnancy in India, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
The figures illustrate how poor women in rural India have largely been left
behind by India's economic boom which has lifted millions of people out of
India's maternal mortality rate stands at 450 per 100,000 live births, against 540
in 1998-1999. The figures are very far behind India's Millennium Development
Goals which call for a reduction to 109 by 2015, according to UNICEF.
By comparison, fellow Asian giant China's maternal mortality rate has dropped
to below 50.
From 6th to 7th March a 2 day workshop to observe International Women,s Day was held at Barli Development Institute
for Rural Women The theme by UN for this Years IWD is "Women and men united to end violence against women and
girls” The institute has been working for the empowerment of women for more than 23 years.
More than 100 trainees and staff from Dewas, Dhar, Jhabua, Khargone, Alirajpur Badwani, of M .P. and Uttar Pradesh,
Chatisgarh and Tripura participated in the two day training workshop. The subjects of discussions were relating to all the
issues which will help bring an end to violence against women and girls. The workshop included inter-participatory
discussions and concluded on 7th March at 3 p.m.
The Chief guest of the valedictory function was Dr. Tuteja and the Guest of Honour was Dr Preeti Taneja
On 8th March all the students and staff joined the mainstream of Indore by participating in the collective programme to
celebrate International Women Day organised by Press club of Indore on March 8, 2009 at Abhay Prashal where more
than 1500 citizens of the city attended.