NGO Bala Vikasa held a convention at Fatima Nagar at Bala Vikasa PDTC which was attended by more than 4,000 farmers.
Addressing the gathering, the founder of Bala Vikasa, Bala Theresa Gingras said that her thoughts were always on the problems faced by women in her motherland and got extensive support from her betterhalf.
She also informed that Bala Vikasa helped more than 2 lakh women in around 1,500 villages in order to make them self-reliant and engage in constructive work. A few women like Soma Laxmi, Shanta, Nirmala and others shared their sad experiences about losing their husband and explained how they overcame such plight and rebuild their families with the help of Bala Vikasa.
Rangula Updendar Sharma, president of Telangana Archaka Sangham, expressed serious concern over the flawed tradition of treating widows as inauspicious and said that women need to change, to bring the change in the widows and respect them like any other women.
Dr Manjula spoke about the health issues and how to take care of themselves and the proper diet to be taken. Neelima V, senior civil judge and district legal cell service authority, Warangal, said that instead of offering moral support to the women who lost their husband, women in the society are marginalising them. She also gave information on women’s rights.
Bala Vikasa executive director S Shoury Reddy said that in a survey conducted by his organisation, it was found that 29 per cent of widows committed suicide because they were unable to face social discrimination. “Stigmatising a widow is nothing but violation of human rights,” he added.
Programme officers Latha, Sunitha, Pushpa, Manjula and Siva Ram M, society field coordinators and workers were present.