Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to Mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. The organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, Corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues. To achieve the objective in year 2017 for the first time, the Day was being commemorated under a general theme ‘BE BOLD FOR CHANGE’

The organizations and individuals around the world supported the campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

On 8th March 2017, an outreach programme for the Women with Disabilities was designed marking the celebrations for International Women Day. An event of women day was organized by Saaya Association of person with disabilities under the umbrella of CBID Network with the support of McDonald.

The Programme was designed to address the underlying fear in numerous Women with Disabilities who avoid visiting parks and public places lacking the confidence to face the mainstream society. This outreach activity provided an opportunity to the Women with Disabilities to meet other women with varying disability enabling them to move in the society with fuller confidence and courage. This activity provided a necessary exposure to Women with Disabilities stuck up in their houses refining their understanding of their disability.

It is, indeed, essential to design such activities which would encourage the Women with Disabilities to participate in this practical exposure altering the traditional way of indoor seminars and training’s.

Around 125 Women with and without Disabilities participated in this program from Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The formal program gets started at 12:00. Ms. Saima Aslam Director Project of Saaya Association invited to Ms. Amber for the recitation of Holy Quran. After the recitation Ms. Saima introduced everyone and briefed the participants about the main objectives and importance of this activity on International Women Day. Most of the participants in this program were women with disabilities who had never been to any public place like McDonald before. She added, whatever disability you have, it never stops you from socializing. Issue only comes when you do not have acceptance of your strengths and weaknesses, whether you are a person with or without disabilities.

This activity is a proof that we have ways to move ahead. Especially, when it comes to the development of a country, give due rights to women. Women with Disabilities should get the equally chance to put their part in the progress. She also highlighted the importance of this day. Saaya Team also welcomed the distinguish guest’s and the participant’s.

The honorable guest and speakers were:

Mrs. Mona Zaffar

Ms. Abia ( CEO NFWWD)

Ms. Adeela (MD IDI)

Ms. Fatima Lodhi (CEO Dark is Divine)

Ms. Ayesha (JPO NTCSP)

Ms. Afshan (KPK Coordinator NFWWD

Mr. Saqib (Lawyer

They shared and expressed their views regarding the women day. They told that how they came in professional life and how life became enjoyed and showed interest in such activities.

Different activities   like singing, white cane distribution, activity regarding inclusion of Person with disabilities in society, lite chit chat and magic show by McDonald amused and entertained the entire participant’s. At the end of the program Lunch was served among all the participants.

Ms. Saima said that Women with Disabilities should get opportunity to meet people so they can coordinate to come into mainstream.  She thanked to all participants, Honorable guests, Team of Saaya Association and specially the administration of McDonald who helped and provided.