In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, the mothers’ association of the Sreepur Village arranged a cultural programme and led a discussion which focussed on this year’s theme of #PressforProgress. It was an opportunity for the Sreepur mothers to celebrate womanhood in all its form and during the two-hour long discussion, the mothers primarily discussed the importance of self-reliance, training and development, they also thanked The Sreepur Village for supporting them and their children.
Following the discussion, a cultural programme was held which witnessed the mothers, children and staff performing dances, singing songs and reciting poetry. Our resident artist, Milon, dressed as a woman and entertained everyone.
The mothers of The Sreepur Village come from the different marginalised areas of Bangladesh. They have suffered violence, social prejudices, gender-based injustice and most importantly poverty. For the large majority of women that come to The Sreepur Village, they arrive separated from family and society, in other words, they have been expelled from their family and society.
The Sreepur Village is working for the development of the mothers and their children so that they can function independently in today’s challenging society. In our working process, we directly and indirectly, strive to accelerate gender equality through progressive actions. For their collective development, we provide the women with shelter food, health, knowledge and skills, working for the ultimate improvement of the lives of the Bangladeshi women.
Two years ago, and accompanied by her two daughters, Momina joined The Sreepur Village where she received training in many areas such as tailoring and tailoring business. In a few months, Momina will be ready to leave The Sreepur Village and as part of International Women’s Day she wanted to share with you her story:
“I have been the ‘Leader Mother’ twice – the ‘Leader Mother’ is on hand to help the other mothers in their different activities and is supportive and understanding. Now I know how to learn, run anything, voice my opinions and make confident decisions. At The Sreepur Village I enrolled onto the ‘Open University’ (Government education institution for mass people). Basically, all the training and skills that I have received at The Sreepur Village has helped me to develop my confidence, my skills and my mentality.”
She also said “When I leave, I plan to run a small tailoring business within a clothes shop so I can provide for my family, just as The Sreepur Village has done for me, I am truly grateful.”
Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.