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International Conference – Women Lead to Change

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SIBC Soroptimist International of Bombay Chembur played hosts and organized a fellowship dinner and an international conference in association with National Association of Soroptimist International of India – NASI India to celebrate the momentous occasion of celebrating 40 years of Soroptimist International in India and 25 years of NASI India.

The fellowship dinner was organized at the Regenza Tunga Vashi on 27th September, 2014. Soroptimists from various Clubs of India were present for the occasion. The Executive Committee Meeting was followed by a cultural programme and a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the joyous occasion.

The International Conference was organized on Sunday, 28th September 2014 at Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai Campus, Panvel.

The theme of the Conference was “Women Lead to Change” The sub-themes were:
Women Lead to Change – Human Rights and Status of Women and Girls
Women Lead to Change – Leadership – Economic and Social Development
Women Lead to Change – International Goodwill Peace and Understanding
Women Lead to Change – Education and Culture for Women and Girls
Women Lead to Change – Good Health and Food Security for Women and Girls
Women Lead to Change – Environment Sustainability.

The panel of speakers comprised of Anusha Santhirasthipam International Assistant Programme Director of Soroptimist International from 2011 – 2013, Dr. Daphne Pillai Chairperson, Management Board, Mahatma Education Society, Dr. Sally Enos, Principal Pillai College of Education and Research, New Panvel, Talat Pasha Assistant Programme Director Economic Empowerment Soroptimist International, Ashok Mehta Ex-Executive Director HPCL and Dr. Armida Fernandez Ex-Dean of Sion Medical College and Founder President of NGO Sneha.

To initiate the ‘Go Green NASI India Project’ and to commemorate 40 years of SI in India and 25 years of NASI India three trees were planted on this occasion (one tree for fruit, one for beauty (flowers) and one for shade) by NASI President Annette Mascarenhas with the NASI India members.

The conference concluded with NASI Development Officer Anu Wakhlu conducting a brief leadership training exercise. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and each one of them were enriched by the high quality of talks.

“If it has to be, it must start with me”