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JWP celebrates 2016-17 Annual Day with full Enthusiasm

The mood was upbeat inside Nithari village's new Baratghar on Friday afternoon. Over 100 children, parents and friends from MERA SAHARA Education & Protection Centre were cheering, clapping and dancing to the tunes of famous rhyms, themetic songs on women and girl child rights. Several of the parents were house maids, construction workers, rikshapullars, coolies etc. It was the annual day celebration of the centre, run by Joint Women's Programme. Girls and boys of the centre performed on the stage. All day they were busy getting ready for their performance. While some were involved in assisting teachers making arrangements, others were busy helping their peers selected to perform on the stage.

Starting with the song Chakde India and other popular songs, they performed dances, docu dramas on caste and gender based discrimation, based on Rabindra Nath Tagore's play Chandalika, and on child rights for education etc. were among many colourful performances by the young students, aged 4 years to 12 years. The most interesting thing was both boys and girls worked hard for the d-day. Noida's city magistrate was the chief guest on this day. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the role of Mera Sahara Centre and said that he was pleased to see talent of children from downtrodden families. JWP Director, Dr Jyotsna Chatterji said that there were many challenges in running the protection centre in the area which has a migratory population along with those who have been living in the area for generations. From education to safety and security of gilrs and boys, these children are helped to join mainstream schools. Thus UP school syllabus is followed. She lauded teachers who have been playing multiple roles of teachers, guide and counsellor in the centre. Among those who were present on the occasion were former Badminton Champion and Arjuna Award winner Ms Damayanti V Tambay, veteran activist Ms Husna Subhani, local councilor, Gram Panchayat members, Represetative of others NGO, President Navratan foundation etc.

 
EMPOWERING WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Joint Women’s Programme (JWP) is a movement of and for women and children, for their freedom and identity. It believes in creating a society where women are equal partners with men. It is a national forum of women’s groups and organisations covering both urban and rural areas. It extends its call to all women, men and children to participate in its movement to uphold human rights. Through its programmes it reaches out to government departments, law enforcing agencies, civil society groups, grassroot organisations and concerned individuals to ensure that all people, specially women and children, enjoy their basic rights.