'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession has been started. Shri. M.V Govindan Master, Minister, Local Self Government Department and Excise Department, Government of Kerala officially inaugurated the 'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession at Tagore Hall, Kozhikode on 8 March 2022. He also inaugurated the International Women's Day Celebrations organized jointly by Kudumbashree and Kozhikode Corporation.
The 'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession is organized as part of the 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Programme being held against dowry system and atrocities against women. Dr. Beena Philip, Mayor, Kozhikode Corporation presided over the function.
The Sthreepaksha Navakeralam Theme Song was launched by Shri. Ahammed Devar Kovil, Minister, Ports, Museum, Archeology and Archives, Government of Kerala. The Survey Report in connection with the dowry system and the report of the discussions in the Auxiliary Groups was also launched at the function.
The Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession includes three plays of 25 minutes duration and two music programmes of 10 minutes duration. The plays and music programmes were performed at the function. The performance will be held in all districts at 5 locations each (around 70 locations).
The Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession aims at strengthening the publicity against the dowry system and to take the messages regarding this to every individual. The specially trained Rangashree members of Kudumbashree would perform the play and the music programmes in all districts from 9-18 March 2022. The performances will be made in every district at important 5 locations including Schools and Colleges.
Shri. Karivellur Murali, eminent personality from theatre is the State Level Coordinator of the Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession. In addition to that, Captains and Managers were selected at the district level to give leadership to the Cultural Procession in the districts. Also, the time schedule, venues and route map for presenting the Cultural Procession.
Through Sthreepaksha Navakeralam, Kudumbashree has been making efforts to eradicate dowry system and violence against women and to lead women towards social literacy. As a fight against the dowry system, Kudumbashree had made several preparations for the Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession. Drama Groups have been formed in all districts by including 12 Kudumbashree women each.
Following that Script Workshop was also conducted. A six day training was given in the first phase to the selected 42 women at Agricultural Co-operative Staff Training Institute, Manvila, Thiruvananthapuram during January 2022. In addition, a four day training was given in the second phase at KILA, Thrissur during February 2022. A special performance was arranged for media persons. Following that sector level training was also given by dividing into four sectors viz., Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Kasaragod. 168 women from the drama groups of all districts have participated in this training programme. Shri. Karivellur Murali, Shri. Rafeeq Managalassery, Smt. Sreeja Aringottukara, Smt. Shailaja Ambu, Smt. Sudhi Devayani and Smt. Rajarajeshwari, eminent theatre personalities have given the leadership to the training.
The publicity video for giving awareness against intoxication was also launched by the LSGD Minister. Shri. N.Thej Lohit Reddy, District Collector, Kozhikode, Smt. K.K Lathika, Member, Kudumbashree Governing Body also attended the function. Smt.P.I Sreevidya IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree welcomed the gathering and Shri. P.M Gireesan, District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Kozhikode District Mission extended Vote of Thanks.