Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Women’s Day Celebration
I received this account of the Women's Day celebrations at a non-profit that empowers women and girls through education and vocational training which our Sisters of St Joseph of Lyon work at in India.
Sr. Sherly the Chief Coordinator of this non-profit had this to share with those present for the
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8, recognizing and appreciating women’s political, economic and social achievements over the decades.
 This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change. Planet 50/50 by 2030. 
On this occasion, we should endeavour building a better world where men and women live harmoniously, free of violence and discrimination.”
There was a farmer who found a warm egg in an eagle’s nest, about to hatch.  He took it and put it among his hen’s eggs for hatching.  Pretty soon the eggs hatched and the tiny chicks came out and followed the mother, imitated her and tried to be like her. The baby eagle also believed that she was a chick and behaved like one. The mother hen saw and knew that one of her chicks was different, but was afraid to acknowledge it.  The baby eagle, all her life, believed she was a hen and behaved like one. Then one day she saw a beautiful, powerful eagle soaring high up into the sky with her powerful wings. The hen eagle looked up and wistfully
said, I wish I could soar into the sky so high like the eagle.” In my next birth I would like to be born an eagle”; not realizing her own, strength, power and abilities as an eagle.
Many of us women also believe we are hens, when in reality we are eagles. Only, we never believe we are capable of doing so much more.
During the past 20 years, we have witnessed remarkable advances in promoting the human rights and dignity of women and girls and their full and equal participation in society. Let us continue with more zeal and enthusiasm to build a society where the women and girls share equal opportunity in all the levels.