ucanews.com reporter, Indore
Updated: March 16, 2011 07:08 AM GMT
Indore diocese in central India has distributed sewing machines to women in slums as part of its celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8). “This is a Women’s Day gift from the Church and we hope it will help support and sustain your family,” Bishop Chacko Thottumarickal of Indore told some 4,000 women from 30 slums who attended the March 6 program. The Indore Diocese social service society, which organized the program, distributed 25 sewing machines to slum women, mostly unmarried girls, who completed a one-year diploma course in tailoring. The sewing machines “will not only provide a steady income, but also give a profession status to them,” said Father Simon Raj, who directs the society. He said the Church’s aim to help these women “elevate them from their wretched conditions.” Sister Arokya Mary, who works among slum women, said oppression and atrocities on women in Indian society will end only when they start earning equal to men. “When women move forward the world moves with them,” she added. Puja Makwana, a slum woman, said the Church’s gesture has revived her desire to continue her studies. The Hindu girl said she had discontinued studies after the twelfth grade as her parents could not support her. Seema Bhurasia, who expects to earn some 150 rupees (US$3.30) daily from tailoring, said society would now recognize and respect her. IC13548.1644
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.